Weigh-In … Joining WW

Today’s Weight:  164.5
Loss/Gain: -1.5 lbs
Yay!  I was a little worried about the scale because it heading down and then yesterday was an off day.  It’s good to know I didn’t ruin the entire week’s worth of work with my carbolicious snacking.  *rolling eyes* Needless to say that’s a post for another day, because I think I was snacking away some feelings.
But, I know I earned this loss, because I did indeed work at it this week.  In fact, after much thought over the last couple of weeks I made a decision last Saturday night.  
Short Story:  
Long Story:
Over the last month or so I’ve been perusing various diet plans.  I know what to do to lose weight, but I needed a little more structure.  Some plans make your food for you, some tell you eat only specific foods and others just tell you to stay within a certain calorie budget.  
I have a friend who asked what I thought Weight Watchers and I was reminded I’ve followed Weight Watchers in the past and I feel it’s well-balanced and teaches a person how to eat correctly.   When I ran into a mom who was sharing with me her weight loss story and we were discussing eating and she mentioned she is doing Weight Watchers also, I was like..hhmm…maybe I should look into that again.
So, I got online, read about it and argued with myself about whether or not I wanted to spend money on another weight loss plan.  I also knew I didn’t need the meetings.  Noticing the 3-month online plan only was $20 a month I figured, “You know what?  I’m going to probably end up spending that money on something, so why not a tool to help me finish my weight loss.”  So, I chose that plan and agreed with myself that if I don’t see progress during that time I will quit using their program and go back to doing it on my own.  
For those that don’t know…here’s a quick view of what it’s about and why I like the plan. 
Weight Watchers follows a points plan that gives point values to foods based on their fat, carbohydrate, fiber and protein amounts.  Fruits and veggies are “free” foods with a value of 0 pts.  I’ve followed the old points program before, so it’s not too hard to get used to. 
For my 5′ 4″, 36-year-old female self these are my points allowances:
 
I was already in the habit of using a calorie tracker on my new iPhone, so switching to their tracker was easy.  They also have a barcode scanner, like My Fitness Pal does, so that’s handy too in case there is a food item that isn’t in their log already. 
** shamelessly inserting that I LOVE my smartphone so much for things like my food and exercise trackers — SO EASY!!!!  Thank you, Luv.**
Following their points plus plan this past week I’ve been reminded that not all calories are equal.  It’s exactly what I needed to help me make better choices.  
For example, as I texted a young friend of mine who also recently joined WW… 
So..there it is.  I am following a “diet” now to get to my goal.  However, I think of it as more like just tracking my food like normal, but with some guidelines to help me stay away from the added sugars and fats I don’t really need. 
Me thinks this could be the ticket to helping me stay focused to finish up what I’ve started.  🙂  I also am one of those who enjoys these little encouragements:
Now for a little fun photo I found when looking for some pictures for a military appreciation display I’m putting together for a coffee house opening up in our town.  
This is my husband and I before we had kids.  I’m guessing we were married about a year here, which means we’d have been about 20 and 22 years old respectively.  🙂  He looks 15 and I look 25.  *giggle* 
I hope you all have a nice weekend and I’m off to get to work on cooking and preparing my house for a bridal shower tonight.  Whee!!  
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6 Responses to Weigh-In … Joining WW

  1. Marie says:

    Well done you, that's a good loss even though you apparently had a bit of a carb feast (would love to hear about that) 🙂

    P.S. Loving the piccie

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  2. Lori says:

    Love the cute picture 😀

    I need a smart phone. I use my fitness pal and it would be nice to have aps and such. I am just dragging my feet on the extra expense of the data plan.

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  3. Leah says:

    That's exactly why we took so long to get a smartphone…the cost of the data package. Now I love it, though I do understand it's a “fun” convenience thing, not a need. 🙂

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  4. Jeanette says:

    Good job on the loss this week!

    I also looooove my smartphone for food/exercise tracking…. I used to carry around a little notebook, which would easily get left behind or I wouldnt use because I was embarrassed. The phone is perfect!

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  5. Christine says:

    Great loss, Leah!

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  6. Love that photo–you both look like teenagers!

    I like to have 'structure' around my meals, too. It helps me with making better decisions and if I start feeling puffy, I need only think about how close to or far away from my plan. I don't track on an everyday basis anymore, but I do try to make a note when I have something out of the ordinary. Otherwise, I tend to think, “Oh I haven't had a treat in a while, so okay!”, when I actually had one the day before. Selective memory and all that. 🙂

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