In my last entry I posted that clean eating just wasn't working out for me. I was over it. Done. I was frustrated and I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. I thought back to that year of stability I had maintaining my weight, from 2011-2012. I was working out with Bob, like usual, and I was on Weight Watchers....which in a nutshell is moderation. Now that my body had changed though, I wasn't sure what I should be eating and how much of it.
I've been stuck in this rut for a while now, and it's been infuriating. I have been cutting back, trimming this, taking that, and my body just said "enough". This time, I decided to listen.
I decided to try get back to basics. I needed to get back to what worked for my body, not the fitness models on TV, but my body. I started researching what I should be eating, and nothing really made sense at all. I needed something that would fit my busy life, and that didn't involve the insane prep-work of clean eating.
I decided to join Weight Watchers again.
Now, hold on....listen to Damon for a sec....I'll explain myself!
What I love about the WW program is that it has programs for weight loss, maintaining weight, and nursing moms. It's not just for weight loss, but....and this is important....weight management.
I have been saying it from day one, but everyone shakes their heads at me. Maintaining your goal weight is significantly harder than losing weight. It is. Why do you think so many people who lose a significant amount of weight put it back on? It's hard. You have to know HOW to maintain your weight correctly, and not revert back to old habits that send you down this slippery slope that you have to crawl your way out of later. Although I didn't go back to old habits, I did start forming these new ones that I never had before.
The WW program works for me ME for a few reasons. First, it balances me out. It allows me to have sugar in moderated amounts, which means I won't binge eat after 5 days of not having a single bit. When I was on the clean eating program, I thought about sugar all day. Specifically chocolate. On WW, I have chocolate all.the.time. Yep. At least once a day. If my day doesn't involve chocolate, then it's a sad day for this girl. Second, it lets me know how much to eat. It puts limits on my eating, and it takes out the guesswork that I don't have time for. Seriously, who has that kind of time on their hands? I work. I have a family. I don't want to spend my entire day planning out every ounce of food and pre-chopping veggies for a meal I won't eat for 3 more days. No thank you. Third, I can eat out at restaurants, have a splurge meal, and feel normal. Do you hear that? Normal.
What does all of this mean?
It means I can stay on it for a long, long time. I can do this and manage it daily. I can make one meal for my family, and we can all have the same thing as we sit down to eat. No more making 2 seperate meals. My family eats healthier, I eat healthier. Win-win. Most of the time, they don't even know it's healthier. I can find all kinds of meals online that are WW friendly, or I can make my own meal and just calculate out how many points it is, and BAM! Dinner is done! It's so easy.
-I eat more
-I eat dessert
-My digestive system likes me much better
-I feel normal!
-....and I lost 3 pounds in 2 weeks!
They have an app, too, which makes eating on the go easy. I know what I'm eating all the time, and what I can have at almost any restaurant. I can eat like normal people again and not feel so deprived! I was so unhappy on the clean eating program.
I'm not saying that clean eating is bad for you. I'm just saying that THIS works for me. I'm not into fad diets. I'm not into sugar-coating things. I'm into being completely honest about my fitness life, because someone needs to be honest in this world. Moderation and WW works for me. Maybe clean eating works for you. Maybe something else works.
My two favorite sites for WW-friendly dinners are:
Skinny Mom and Skinny Taste
My boys have really enjoyed their meals!