So this whole maintenance stuff has been harder than I thought it would be.
I lost more weight, half a pound. Honestly I am eating 36 points a day and all my weekly points.
I’m eating a lot, or at least it feels like I am. If you are currently in the weight loss portion of the program you probably want to smack me or beat me up in the parking lot.
Hell I want to smack me or beat me up in the parking lot.
This site has very interesting information about weight loss. In a nutshell, say you want to weigh 150 pounds. You need to eat an average of 1,800 calories a day to maintain that weight. Most people would highly restrict their calories to lose weight if they weighed like 200 pounds.
But – If they just ate 1,800 calories a day they would naturally go down to that weight. Yeah, it may not be Biggest Loser impressive but would probably be a lot more easy to maintain.
I think the Smartpoints version of Weight Watchers gets this. The fact that no one ever gets less than 30 Smartpoints was a brilliant move. I mean I remember back in the day when you would get close to goal you only got like 18 points a day and were basically starving all the time.
I’ve never been hungry this time. Well I was one time in 6 months, and that was because I saved my points for a big celebration. I lost weight A LOT faster on other versions of WW, but I could never get to the end. This time I did.
The fact that I’m still losing and eating very well and balanced and not starving myself tells me that maybe I naturally will be a little smaller than the top of my weight range. This was freaking me out because to make lifetime with Weight Watchers you have basically a 4 pound weight range you have to be in. Two pounds above or two pounds below your goal weight at the end of the 6 weeks.
Once you get lifetime you can go smaller if you want, but you have to be in that range to reach lifetime first.
I’m currently 3 pounds below my goal, and I was about to do something like put a roll of quarters in my pocket or wear my shoes on the scale to make up for it.
I stopped myself though, because I made a deal with myself from the start that has served me well: No games with the scale this time.
So I decided to face the music and be TO SMALL? for Weight Watchers. I stepped on the scale almost cringing and the receptionist was just like “Oh you lost .6. Good job!”
So I’m all “I’ve lost a pound to much!”
And she’s all “Oh we don’t have to stay within 2 pounds on the bottom. As long as you are in a healthy range you’re fine now.”
Game Changer. For real.
Now I’m faced with the decision of what my set point is going to be. Do I keep eating the way I am and see where I end up? Do I eat more to try and stay the same even though I am not hungry and am very satisfied with the points I have right now?
Eating more than I should is what got me 63 pounds heavier, so I think I’m going to stick with the plan I have now and see what happens. I can always adjust, right?
I’m not writing this post to be all “oh poor me I can’t stop losing weight.” I’m writing it for all of you that feel frustrated right now because you might not be dropping weight like you did in the past with Weight Watchers.
The way I see it, it’s a very good thing. I think now more than ever WW is teaching us a lifestyle change, something we really can do the rest of our lives.
I mean wouldn’t you rather lose slow and be able to keep it off forever than to lose it quick and gain it back with some friends a little down the line. Don’t get frustrated, keep on plugging through and then you can tell me how hard it is not to lose weight some day. I promise.
That’s the real game changer.
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