My weight loss journey…with Weight Watchers!

I have decided to make my weight loss struggles public. After many years of trying to lose weight and failing, I have finally found a system that appears to be working for me. I know, as most of us do, that weight loss boils down to a simple matter of eating less and exercising more. But as we all also know, that is easier said than done. My doctor advised at my last visit that I lose weight and to do that I should write down everything I eat. I did: blizzards, egg dishes, candy bars, the whole bit. Unfortunately, all that did is let me know how much and what kind of food I ate but it did little to bring about that elusive drop in scale weight. I was about thirty pounds overweight and had to lose that much to promote better health. I was also working out with my free weights, doing occasional sit-ups, push-ups and crunches, walking when the weather permitted and riding my brand new bicycle once or twice a week. Still nothing. The problem, as it turned out, was that I was eating portions that were too big. Once I gave in and started attending weight watchers, I learned just how small a portion of most foods I had to eat to lose weight. Contrary to my preconceived notions, I also learned that I could eat most foods that I loved, just not nearly as much of them. I can even have a candy bar once a week, popcorn, meats, mashed potatoes, gravy, ice cream and hotdogs. It’s more a matter of tracking what weight watchers calls “points” instead of calories and not exceeding their calculated set number of points per day and per week. I have been following their protocol, an easy plan, for the last three weeks and am pleased to announce that I have lost, so far, twelve pounds! I am almost down a full pant size. For the last several years I have been wearing size 38 waist pants and I can almost wear size 36 waist now. In fact, I think I can squeeze into a size 36  waist but don’t want to try until after my next weigh-in next Wednesday. I am really looking forward to this summer. I can already bend over and tie my shoes with less effort than I could three weeks ago. My breathing is noticeably easier when exercising and I am excited about approaching my first set goal of losing 5% of my body weight. This is so cool! As you can tell, I am thrilled with weight watchers and at least so far, highly recommend their program to anybody wanting to lose weight and ready to commit to following a sensible program of diet and regular exercise.

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