Tuesday, July 3, 2012
My Fat Butt
Posted by Jodi at 7/03/2012
Well, I quit Weight Watchers.
I'm pretty sure I mentioned that FireMan & I fell off the wagon when his dad passed away. And gained a significant amount of weight back in just a few short weeks.
We did manage to get back on track, but... somewhere along the way I realized that this isn't working for me. I don't want to do a program that the minute I stop I start gaining back what I lost. And I certainly don't want to spend the rest of my life counting points.
Or calories, or sugar, or fat, or carbs, or whatever.
Will that work? I'm sure of it.
I just don't want to live that way.
One of my friends has lost over 100 lbs doing Weight Watchers. I am very proud of her, incredibly proud of the work she's done. And she's kept it off for approximately 10 years.
She also still religiously counts her points. She will not accept a spontaneous lunch invitation, because she hasn't had time to plan what she would get. She requires about a week's notice if we want to eat out, so she can work it into her weekly meal plan. She cooks two meals each night: one for her husband & sons, a completely separate meal for herself. That she eats alone, after the boys are done, so she won't be tempted.
I know that's an extreme example of the type of dedication required to make any one of these programs work for life, but the point remains... I don't want to live like that.
Not long term. And the fact is that doing it short term just means that the pounds will creep back on.
Do I still want to lose weight? Yes. And I know that now that my endocrine levels are normal, I should be successful on any program.
But I've come to realize that I don't want a program. I want a lifestyle. Even if it means the weight loss is more gradual. Honestly, even if it means I don't lose any more weight. I want to train myself to change my life so that the changes I make become second nature.
So I've come up with some baby steps to gradual incorporate into my life. Baby steps because I think the more gradual it comes, the more likely it is to stay long-term.
Step #1 is to reduce the amount I eat out. Jason & I have known this was an issue since we were dating. We eat out way too often. It's not good for our waistlines or our wallets. So that's the first item I'm tackling.
I started about a week into June simply by tracking how much we eat in versus how much we eat out. I didn't try to eat out less, as I needed a baseline. I simply tracked.
Are you ready for this? The last 3 weeks of June, I ate out for nearly 60% of my meals. Sixty percent. It's one thing to know it's "too much". It's another thing to see the numbers.
So my initial goal is to reduce the number of meals we eat out by a minimum of 5% each month, until we reach 25% or less.
This may not seem like a big deal to ya'll, and I totally know it's doable. But... for this not-very-good cook, who has failed at meal planning repeatedly... it seems a bit daunting.
Anyone know any quick-n-EASY recipes they'd like to share? Or EASY crockpot recipes? I'm listening...
As always, thanks for checking in!