Thursday, December 13, 2012

The System for the System

Okay, so I've slacked a little bit (a lot bit) on the blog updates. Being a mom is a lot harder than I thought it would be. You know, before I was a mom, I never realized how easy it was to take a shower. Ahh, the little things you learn to appreciate.

Yes, I have been writing. Not as much, of course, but I manage to sneak in a page here and there. But this blog post is not about my writing, it's about how fat I got when I was pregnant. And I mean faaaat. Not like 20 pounds fat, more like 50 pounds fat on top of the 30 I'd gained prior to becoming pregnant. My darling baby was raised on Taco Bell nachos. Surprisingly, he did not come out flourescent orange.

So by about October I decided to get serious about losing weight. I had been signed up to Weight Watchers for about a year, but had only been paying the $17 a month and eating nachos. For some reason, it didn't work. However, when I started following the points system, I magically lost weight! And in 2 and a half months, I've lost 20 pounds of the fat I need to shed.

Now, I had done Weight Watchers before and lost 60 pounds the first time around, so I wasn't a newbie to the system. However, they changed it all on me so I had to completely re-learn it. I know other people have tried Weight Watchers and it doesn't work for them. Since I'm a pro, I'm going to give you my system for the system. Because if I can do it, seriously, anyone can. (You have no idea how much I love nacho cheese.)

#1 Start off wrong.
Apparently with my fat sausage fingers I can't correctly enter my weight. Or I enter in what I wish I weighed. I've done this starting off both times, putting in my weight 60-100 pounds less than it really is. And you know, your points are based on your weight, which means I start off with 5-10 less daily points than I should have.

So the first week is torturous starving. I am obsessed with food. I dream about it. I randomly smell it. My mouth waters at food commercials. I drink gallons of water to try and fill the void, knowing if I can just make it through this week without my Nachos Bel Grande, I can do it.

And I do.

And then I go to log my new weight and see that I screwed it up the first time. When I fix it, 5-10 more wondrous food points appear, and the second week feels like a feast every day because I can eat so much more. It doesn't feel like dieting anymore. It feels like Christmas.

And that's tip #1, tune in next week for more ways to survive Weight Watchers.

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