Stepping on the scales this morning I wondered how my weight had crept back up again. I had promised myself once I reached lifetime status for the “FOURTH” time following Weight Watchers that I would never go back to being fluffy (fat) Now I am up 10 pounds from the original 25 pounds I lost on the program.
Joining Weight Watchers six years ago was the best thing I ever did. Every week I would weigh in and be accountable for all the things I had eaten that week. If I stuck to the plan, tracked all my food, usually the scales would say I had lost a pound that week. Towards the end of my weight loss journey and no matter what I ate or did the scales would be stubborn and not budge. This can be a normal process in healthy weight loss. The reward with Weight Watchers is once you at your goal weight, according to the BMI chart, you do not have to pay. “Free” is always a great word in my budget. So, the way Weight Watchers works you must weigh within two pounds of your goal weight and weigh in at least once per month. I neglected to do this, so I will need to lose the weight and pay to get my lifetime status back.
How did I gain the 10 pounds then! Duh, I didn’t attend the monthly meetings. Each month for the past two months I kept saying I will go back next month. Add on a couple of trips, eating out, stress of pending hurricane and skipping a regular exercise program it all adds up to gaining weight. By skipping a regular exercise program I mean 10,000 steps a day, yoga twice weekly and lifting light weights twice weekly. While I have been exercising it has been cut in half.
Now what do I do? Do I cancel Weight Watchers and admit defeat? Do I try to lose the weight on my own? Losing weight on my own has never worked too well for me.
I’ve made bad decisions consistently on my eating habits, but I plan to get back on track! What does on track mean to me? Start back on my weekly meetings on Tuesdays, exercising more and back on my journey to good health. Paying Weight Watchers will cut into my travel budget a little more, but gaining weight could end up costing me more in the long run. Besides I donated all my larger size clothing!
How do you conquer the middle age bulge? Comments and suggestions appreciated below.