Happy Friday! The weekend is almost upon us. Thursday evenings are my weigh in day at WW. I’ve tried to be really strict this week and stuck to my points and stopped picking at nibbly bits at work. Last night I lost 4lbs, taking my total loss to 2 stone and half a pound. So I got my 2 stone certificate!
After I’d weighed in, one of the ladies who helps out at the meetings called me over and presented me with 2 workout DVDs. I’ve spoken in the class before about using workout DVDs as a good way of exercising at home and where no one can see you if you’re not confident enough to go out or go to a gym. I use DVDs and YouTubes as a good way to top up my exercise without having to drive 30 minutes to the gym. I thought it was really sweet that she’d think of me when she saw them at work. I felt like I’d gained a friend at that moment.
It’s kind of bittersweet though as I feel like through WW I’ve lost a friend too. I had a friend who I saw weekly and chatted to through messenger pretty much daily. She was pleased for me joining at first and liked a couple of posts on Facebook about my weight loss. Now I hear absolutely nothing from her and when I posted a picture of my certificate last night I got nothing from her, no congratulations or even a thumbs up. I know social media isn’t a good thing to base friendships on but before she liked pretty much everything I posted and commented. I’ve messaged her but I just get really short answers in return so I guess the friendship is lost which is a real shame.
Anyway it’s the weekend tomorrow which means it’s parkrunday tomorrow!
In July I joined Weight Watchers (Or Wellness Workshops as it’s now meant to be called). I was given 3 months free membership by Hampshire Council. You can read more about how I got started with it all here: I’ve joined Weight Watchers
I’ve just come to the end of my free membership so thought I’d report on how it’s been.
When I first started I was having trouble getting my head around the whole points thing. Not adding them up but how they actually work. I was baffled that oats to make porridge were higher in points than a cooked breakfast. I have to confess this still absolutely blows my mind. How can oats be worse?! However I’m starting to understand how the points are worked out a bit better. Things that are lower in calories and higher in protein are lower in points. Things that are high in carbs and sugar are higher in points. Beyond that, I’m not questioning the science. I just like the fact it works.
On the whole I’ve found it relatively easy. My breakfast is low in points, my lunch is usually zero points which leaves me enough for an evening meal and a small treat in the evening. I’ve managed to stay away from the trap of saving as many points as possible to then binge on treats in an evening. For me, that defeats the whole point.
I’m enjoying the meetings afterwards and find them informative. I’m in good company now too as my friend Maria from work has joined.
So, how much have I lost? To date I’ve lost 23.5lbs but I still have a way to go so I’ve paid for a membership now as I’m finding this is really working for me.
Way back when I could run, Alison, who I ran the Gosport Golden Mile with, told me about a special offer Hampshire County Council were offering. If you have a BMI of over 30 they would give you 3 months free Weight Watchers membership.
I’ve contemplated trying Weight Watchers and Slimming World before but the membership prices have always put me off. I always think to myself “I know what to do. I can do it for free” Truth is, I can’t! So I googled Hampshire Council Weight Watchers and was sent straight to the correct page.
I filled in the information and found out my BMI. I know I’m overweight, truth be told I know I’m obese but somehow seeing my BMI was 40 was still a bit of a shock. I don’t know why though, as I don’t know what it was before! Anyway I submitted my information and expected to find something out immediately. However, you have to wait for a letter to arrive with more information on.
A couple of days later I got my letter through telling me I had qualified and that they had booked me in to a class. I was a bit panicked by this as the class wasn’t the closest to me and it was on a Wednesday at 10am, when I’m at work. I gave them a call and was told that I could actually attend any class, so that was a relief. I found a class 0.3 miles away at 7pm on a Thursday. Much more suitable!
I eagerly awaited Thursday, then had to wait a whole other week until the following Thursday as I’d forgotten there was a staff meeting after work. Grr! I got dropped off at the class and felt nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. I got there and everyone was queuing so being British, I joined the queue, not evening knowing what I was queueing for! Turns out we were queuing for the class to open. You join the queue then as you file in, you’re weighed one by one.
One of the people helping there saw me holding my letter from the Council/Weight Watchers and asked me to come forward to fill in a registration form. I was then weighed (I’m sorry I’m not brave enough to post my starting weight yet) and told how many points I was going to be allowed each day and how many extra points I got as spares to be used through the week. I’ve been given 30 points a day and 42 extra points.
I stayed for the meeting after the weigh in which actually felt really awkward. There was only 6 of us there and 3 of the 6 were first timers! The leader, Claire, asked questions and it was like pulling teeth getting answers. It did get easier though the longer we were there, people warmed up and offered more answers. She also gave tips on how to survive summer events e.g. a wedding or a BBQ with friends.
At the end, Claire asked us newbies to stay behind as she’d show us some information videos and tell us about her personal journey. The was a bit surprised by her “weight loss journey” for some reason I expected the leaders to have all being attending Weight Watchers for years and having lost at least 5 stone. Claire joined about 6 months ago and has lost nearly a stone with 5lb still to go.
So how have I been finding it? I’ve been doing it since Thursday and it seems ok so far. I need to take my own lunch to work as eating at the work “salad bar” isn’t going to cut it. Everything is covered in mayo or just not actually healthy or salad!
What I am struggling to get my head round is the point system. Not the counting points, that bit is easy thanks to the app (which is very similar to MyFitnessPal) but the way they work. I always thought overnight oats were a healthy breakfast. They’re 5 points. If I want to add yoghurt to them then that’s free so long as its fat free and flavourless. So I added a muller light fat free vanilla yoghurt which is actually less calories than the fat free plain yoghurt. That takes it up to 8 points. However, I can cook a full English and that’s only 5 points?! So what they’re telling me is sausage, eggs, bacon and beans are healthier than oats and a fat free yoghurt?! Maybe I shouldn’t question it? It’s proven with all the success stories that Weight Watchers works as long as you stick to your points. It’s just a bit baffling when I’m used to counting calories. But maybe calories isn’t what it’s all about anymore? The points in a food are calculated using calories, sugar, saturated fats and protein. Which seems to be a more holistic way of looking at food. I don’t know, but as long as it works!
Have you ever used a weight loss programme before? Were you successful?