Tuesday, December 18, 2012

More Tricks of the Trade

I could say things about recent horrid events. I could, but I won't. I think we've all heard enough about it from a million "experts" on Facebook. All I will say is my heart hurts everytime I think about it.

Instead I will continue with positive things...like not being fat.

If you read my previous post, here, you'll know I'm doing Weight Watchers. For the second time. Not that it didn't work the first time. It did. But when I was pregnant, I used that as an excuse to eat pounds and pounds of nachos.

I'm a champ at Weight Watchers, and as the New Year approaches, I want everyone else to be a champ at it too. I have my little tricks of the trade, and here they are for you all to enjoy. To recap...

#1 Screw it Up
Enter in a weight about 50 pounds less than you really weigh for the first week. It makes that week SO much harder, but the following weeks that much easier. And we're in this for the long haul, right?

And now for more...

#2 Be a Points Hoarder
Every week you get a stash of 40 points to blow however you want. Me, I squirrel those points away, refusing to eat a single one until the weekend. When Saturday rolls around, my eyes glisten, and my mouth waters. I eat an entire plate of nachos and wash it down with several beers, and when weigh in rolls around on Monday, I'm down a pound. Don't believe me? Come get drunk with me on a Saturday night and then watch me step on the scale Monday morning. It works. And it gives me one day to relive the glory days of stuffing processed food in my mouth.

#3 Eat Half
So simple, right? Eat half. You're dying for a cheeseburger. You've been dreaming about cheesy melty beef for days, but don't want to eat it because it's going to blow your daily points. But half a cheeseburger is only 10 points, which is manageable, and half a cheeseburger is actually pretty filling. Try it, and if you really really want that other half, dip into your weekly points. When you start denying yourself things is when dieting gets frustrating.

#4 Find Your Freebies
On the new system, all fruits and veggies are 0 points, which means, if I really want, I can gorge myself on Taco Bell and then eat carrot sticks for the rest of the day. But I HATE carrot sticks! However, I do like pickles. And pickles are also 0 points. A half cup of fat free cottage cheese is only 1 point. So is a fat-free mozzarella cheese stick

Okay, so a full-fat mozzarella cheese stick is better, but the fat-free one is good enough and promises one day, in the not-so-far-future, I won't have to wear mumuus. Find your favorite 0 and 1 point snacks and KEEP THEM AROUND! They don't do you any good if they're not within reach when you get hungry.

#5 Walk Yourself a Beer
This will be my last tip before I start sounding like an insufferable know-it-all. Everyone hates those people. But this is important. Track your activities, and not just when you go to the gym. Check it. You can earn food points for housework and snow-shoveling. If you're going to do it anyway, you might as well get a beer afterward, right? And that's how I prefer to look it. When you go out to exercise, don't think about the points you can earn, think about the TREAT you can earn.

I'm now 20 pounds into my journey with a long way to go, but I'm confident I can do it. Regardless if you're doing WW or just exercising more and making smarter food choices, I want to wish you the best of luck in getting or staying healthy!

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.