I've mentioned here and there since the great paleo fail that I needed to do something to get my weight back on track. Last time I talked about it, I mentioned I was leaning towards starting weight watchers again. Last week I finally took the plunge and signed myself up for it again (I really have no idea what number try it is this time, ugh). I updated the weight journey page (and I'll be updating the weight tracker as I go along), but I wanted to wait a week before posting anything to make sure it stuck. So far it has....well, for the most part anyways.
As for what finally pushed me over the edge, its was really that promotion to get the first 2 months free if you lost 10 lbs. Weight watchers is a little pricey, so the possibility of recouping some of the expenses was helpful, as well as a good motivator to stay on the plan. I also chose it because I'm lazy. I know, awful reason, but I like the fact that starting is easy, not some overwhelming endeavor, which is where I usually get stuck in the putting it off process. I've done it before, so I know how to do it again, and already have cookbooks and whatnot at my disposal.
I also like that it allows me to incorporate any type of eating I'd like as long as I just count the points.* Down the road, I would like to give paleo another try. I have noticed my stomach reacting to certain types of foods that I could probably eliminate through the paleo diet, so its definitely still in the back of my mind. I do need something more structured as well, so I like the idea of eating paleo style on weight watchers. But for now, I'm just trying to do this one baby step at a time.
Back to how its going so far, pretty well. The first few days of any diet are always tough. For me its the shock of realizing how much I was eating before, even though at the time I thought it was just fine. Its also difficult snapping myself out of food related habits. For example, when I go to the pharmacy to pick up my latest prescription or vitamins or whatever, I guess I would always pick up a bag of chocolate to go with it. Because obviously I needed the chocolate to make myself feel better about the whole reason I was there to pick up stuff. Last week I caught myself unconsciously doing the same thing, mindlessly browsing the candy aisle to pick out some chocolate, when I had to make the choice to say no. Maybe some of you can have chocolate around and eat it in moderation, but not me, if chocolate is there, I will continually snack on it till its gone. I'm sure more situations like that will come up, hopefully I have enough willpower on hand when they do.
We also went on a road trip over the weekend. All the driving (1000 miles round trip) actually kept me busy and not thinking about food. To the Hubs's dismay, I forgot to pack snacks, so there wasn't much mindless eating on the road going on. Though once I made it to our destination it was a different story. I had to have ALL THE FOODS. Luckily weight watchers builds in some extra points and I was able to use those. We aren't going to talk about the extra chocolate though.
All that being said, I did have a successful first week. I'm down 3.5 lbs. I know its not a huge number, but its a start, and that's all I need right now. Here's hoping I have more good updates for you in the weeks to come :).
* In case you aren't familiar with weight watchers, its basically a weight loss system where you are allotted a daily number of food "points" (calculated based upon your gender, height, weight, and age I think), for example, I'm starting with an allotment of 33 points a day. A food's point value is calculated from its fat, protein, fiber, and carbohydrate content. You are also allotted 49 extra points to use any time during the week. As long as you stay within your points, you can eat whatever you want. So basically, its kind of like calorie counting, only using a different system... that doesn't consider calories. for more information, feel free to check out their website.