I got engaged sometime in September and since then, I’ve been a regular visitor at the gym. It’s a rather nice gym – it’s the Club Sport in Pleasanton. It really makes a big difference to go to a nice gym because it’s nice to not get grossed out by something disgusting that I would normally encounter at a cheaper gym.
For a couple weeks after engagement, I’ve been doing 30 minutes on the elliptical and I really wasn’t seeing results. I didn’t gain nor lose weight. I just sort of exerted energy without any results to show for it. The main problem is that I wasn’t watching what I was eating so my best guess was that all the calories I burned exercising was being added back on in my diet.
One day, while eating a greasy cheesesteak, I decided that I would start dieting. It was either Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig. I came home and read about both. Jenny Craig seemed like they’d send you frozen food every so often and that would be a bulk of your meals. I also know the experience of Jenny Craig from a friend that was personally on it. Weight Watchers is much more like keeping track of calories in form of points. So certain foods have a certain number of points based on nutrition value.
I went with Weight Watchers because not only was it a lot cheaper than Jenny Craig, it let me live my life normally. I did not want to carry around frozen foods and never be able to eat out with my friends. Or be the group among coworkers that doesn’t go through the delicious lunch line. I also wanted to be able to go out with my fiance and eat out. I didn’t feel I could do all these social eating things with Jenny Craig.
So I paid the subscription and downloaded the app on my phone. I kept my routine at the gym the same – 30 minutes elliptical. Starting out, I was allotted 29 points daily with like 42 weekly points (it’s changed since then so my beginning allotment may not be accurate). Weekly points are points you can use as extra thorough the week in case you wanted to splurge a little. I’ve used a few as I was adjusting to this new diet but rarely now. I try to stay within the 29 (now 27) daily allotment.
So for the first few days we went out to eat, I became aware of just how much and how unhealthy the stuff I consumed before were. We were at Buffalo Wild Wings and man, was it hard. Some were twice the amount of points I was allotted. Some were all of my points. And very few were under. I don’t think we actually stayed there to eat due to the wait time but I was able to look up point values because the Weight Watchers app has a menu for each of the popular restaurants.
Ever since I’ve gone on Weight Watchers, I’ve learned to love chicken ceasar salads. I actually crave salads now. It’s amazing. I eat so little sweets. I still love sweets but after a bit of not having them, I don’t crave them anymore. I stopped my daily pistachio binge at work. I try to keep 3 consistent meals a day and minimize the snacking. When I do snack, I try to do fruit or something that I wouldn’t binge on because the point is to ease the hunger but not overstuff.
I’ve had about 4 weigh-ins now. 2 weeks in a row, I lost 5 pounds each. The 3rd week, I was stuck in this plateau where I was gaining and not losing. And then the 4th week, I lost all the weight I gain and another 3 pounds. So I’ve lost around 13 pounds in total. Weight always fluctuates which is why they tell you not to weigh yourself everyday and I’ve been bad about not weighing myself everyday. When I had a plateau, I was a little discouraged but I just kept at it. I figure, as long as I’m creating a calorie deficit, I’m doing it right.
So far, Weight Watchers, while it might not be worth the amount of money I’m paying, it’s certainly working for me. It’s teaching me to eat healthier and I’m loving it. When I think about how I ate before, I feel like it was a bit excessive. Like why would I ever eat so much. Overall though, it’s working for me so I’m going with it. :)