Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Winter of My Discontent

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed


Cooped up all winter means weight gain, and I'm not immune. Sigh. Don't you wish there was a shot
to prevent that right along with the flu?

So a few weeks ago, I joined Weight Watchers, which once again is rated number one as the best program. I'm doing the online version. I weigh myself every Monday, record my food and exercise and try to stay within my allotted points. So far, it's working - lost a few pounds. And I love all the recipes the site provides. And the bonus points. Haven't tried PointsPlus yet though.

Have you tried a plan that works? Mainly, it's quit putting food in our mouths, right?


21 comments:

Book Dragon said...

I had my best luck with WW. It didn't stick but was MUCH better than Jenny Craig. I'd love to go back but I'm Diabetic now and while the plan says it works, I can't go by points at say, Applebee's.

So, counting calories/carbs, as well as activity. Wanna be workout/lifestyle changes buddies?

Mark Baker said...

I have a very hard time watching what I eat. The only diet I can stick to is the see food diet.

But as I was mentioning yesterday, I started running a few years back. That has helped me keep the weight down, but I could still stand to lose more weight. And I haven't been running much the last couple of months (sick/injured - not weather related), so I know I've got some excess I should lose.

If only I had self-control when it comes to what I eat, I'd be in decent shape.

Susan L. @ Full Happy Muffin and Mama said...

The most successful diet that I followed was one that my mom and I made up. We checked a bunch of recipe books out of the library and counted calories (and ensured that the calories were less than 30% from fat). We also mall-walked everyday (indoor exercise, so it's climate controlled...and free). There was a very close-knit group of mall-walkers, and they were very welcoming. That was right before my senior year of high school, but in college I gained it all back. A lot of the recipes that we put into our special "recipe cookbook" were good recipes. My mom and I have both thought of going back to them.

Deb said...

That's the problem - nothing sticks forever. I'd love to be your buddy!!

Deb said...

A friend of mine lost a lot of weight with only one really meal each day. Other than that, he only ate when he was hungry and then only something small and healthy. And it eliminated all that thought of what to have for breakfast and lunch.

Deb said...

dieting takes a lot of pre-planning. At the beginning of a new diet I'm good at that, then start down the slippery slope...

Grandma Cootie said...

Although I still continue to hope for the easy way, I know that it really boils down to eat less, move more and make it a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet. But knowing and doing aren't always the same, and what worked at one time doesn't always work again. I am now pre-diabetic so making an intentional effort to change my eating and exercise again. Also trying to think of it as what can I eat instead of what I should give up. Keeping track of what I eat and the nutritional value helps me because it's a concrete way to show progress. Also helps to step back and realize I'm not the only one, lots of us struggle.

Deb said...

Wise words, Grandma Cootie! keeping track of what we eat shows us exactly where we are going wrong.

Karen in Ohio said...

Deb, I was visiting with my brother-in-law and his wife earlier this month, and I noticed they have a successful way of dealing with calories, especially since they eat most dinners out. When their food arrived they immediately cut it in half, and then did not touch half of the meal, but took it home for lunch the next day.

Takes discipline, for sure.

We eat most meals at home. I try to have at least one, possibly two, meatless dinners a week. At first my husband balked, but he's gotten used to the idea and now agrees that it's much healthier for us.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Good luck with the program: I know it's a good one and have several friends who have done very well on it.

My hubby and I have both lost weight this year by cutting out "big white things: flour, sugar, rice, pasta and ice cream. We eat well and lots, This works for us because it's simple and we both have to watch blood sugar. We all just have to find what's right for us.

Hugs.

MJ

Stash Empress said...

I find that no diet on earth works for me w/o exercise -- and living sedentary life (and needing to be home with chronically ill child & unreliable nursing care means more sedentary than most -- many months I don't leave the room at all) --- so I discovered Leslie Sansone workout videos -- can do them in the privacy of my home, they're not too hard to follow, there's a whole lot of them so I don't get bored --- I own more than a dozen -- a couple of the newer ones are actually really fun! So in conjunction with keeping to a controlled calorie intake, doing 1 hour of Leslie workouts a day is the only thing that enables me to lose any weight at all. Oh -- I don't do the whole hour at once --- I do a 15 min workout before breakfast & then a longer 45 min workout in the evening when my husband is home to care for my child.

Deb said...

I've heard that we should have them box up half the dinner before it even arrives at the table. haha. That's for the weakest of us - me included. And I'm doing a few meatless meals each week, too.

Deb said...

I rarely eat flour and sugar things any more. Gee, maybe I'm healthy in spite of the extra pounds:)

Deb said...

You're my heroine, Stash!

Rachelle21 said...

I try to get to Curves as much as I can. I try to go at least 4 days a week and 5 when I can. I can do some of the new exercises but have a hard time getting up from the floor due to bad knees. Before my husband got sick last July, I was doing Curves Complete and lost 19 pounds.

Deb said...

A friend of mine lost a lot of weight with Curves Complete, so that's more confirmation that it works. The Curves I used to go to closed:(

ladyvyvian said...

I got so desperate I had gastric by-pass surgery in 2009. I lost less than 100 lbs. but felt and looked so much better than I had before. Last October I had complete knee replacement surgery and, for some reason, I began to lose weight again. I have now lost over 100 lbs. One reason I think I did not lose a lot the first time i I was unable to do aerobic exercises because of various physical problems. Exercise is very important no matter what program you use. I hope to keep losing at least another 25 lbs. Good luck with your effort.

Michelle F. said...

Portion control is a big thing. Yesterday I had Bob Evans' Sausage Gravy and two biscuits and the box said it was supposed to be two servings. My mother will eat a whole large can of beef stew, even though it says it's two or two and a half servings. I don't like to deprive myself so I've never tried dieting. I do need to lose weight to fit into my clothes. I can never find clothes that fit when I go shopping and it's not like I weigh 200 lbs. I don't know how anyone who's overweight ever finds anything that fits or feels comfortable. If I had the money I'd try Nutrisystem. I do like the Leslie Sansone walking videos. Once you know the steps (about four) you can exercise without the video and do your sidesteps, kicks, and marching in place anytime. I can't really get through the whole 15 minute video because of my tense muscles due to anxiety.

Deb said...

And good luck to you. Though you seem to have found the magic. Keep it up!

Deb said...

Small steps might do it Michelle. A few minutes this time, boost it a little next time. I'm always discouraged by those portions too. I look at a little bitty can of soup and it's supposed to feed three people! Really? It's a mystery to me.

Book Dragon said...

I sent an email :-D