I am turning 40 in April, and I just don’t want to hit that age at this weight. I have been working out (inconsistently) for the past year and while I feel more in shape (I can swim a mile in about 50 minutes and have even started running on the treadmill, instead of just walking), I’m just not losing weight.
I was almost back to my pre-pregnancy weight of baby 2 after baby 3 but then I stopped nursing and my weight shot up 5 pounds. After that my brother had his heart transplant and my weight shot up another 5 pounds. Then I moved 2,000 miles from home and I put on another 5 pounds. So now I am 15 pounds from where I should be.
I’ve somewhat justified my weight saying that a lot of it is muscle but I did my measurements the other day and there’s no way to write off those inches around my waist. I was shocked at how much those numbers have changed over the years.
So after months of thinking about it, I finally signed up for Weight Watchers over the weekend (the online version – not the show up to weigh version).
I told Michael the next day that I signed up. He thought for a second and said, “So does that mean I’m on Weight Watchers too?” (His weight hasn’t changed since college but he also didn’t put on 25 pounds three times with three pregnancies.)
I told him that meals wouldn’t change much for him and the kids. There would be more vegetables on the table and trickier recipes to make things healthier but I didn’t think they would notice a difference.
I have never done it before so I am trying to figure out the system. For example, with the new points system (apparently it’s pretty different from the old system and people are mad!) Greek yogurt is worth 4 points but the Yoplait Fiber One yogurt is only worth 1 point. So for lunch the Greek yogurt is fine but for a snack at night I need to go for the Fiber One.
Also I was reading this article on the website talking about late-night snacking and the ladies were recommending air-popped popcorn with fat-free hot chocolate mix sprinkled on it. (I think you have to spray it with Pam-type product first.)
So these are the types of tricks I am trying to figure out.
So what are you favorite Weight Watchers tricks and tips? What brands or foods have you found that are surprisingly low in points? (New system, not the old.) What were you favorite Weight Watcher recipe dinners that your family like too? (I am trying a vegetable lasagna this week that is only four points. They also had a fake fish fry that I think the kids would like – you use cornmeal and crush walnuts to give it more nutrition and crunch and bake it of course.)