Content Warning: I am going to be talking about dieting as well as a brief discussion of an unhealthy was of eating. Please read with caution. I do not want to upset anyone so if you need to click away it is completely okay.
Why I did it:
Since the start of 2020, I have been working out more than I ever have in my life. I started to eat healthier and try and take care of my body. By the middle of March, I noticed some changes, so I decided to treat myself to some new clothes.
To be brief, I will say my shopping spree did not go well. And later that day, I stepped on the scale for the first time in months. I was the heaviest I had ever been. Now I know it is because I have gained muscle, and that weighs more than fat, but at the time, I just distraught and upset. All I could think about was how working out and taking care of myself was just a waste of time.
It was suggested that I try Weight Watchers. Other people in my family have done the program and have had success with it, so I said yes.
On March 14th, I officially started Weight Watchers.
I am not going to go into grave detail of what Weight Watchers is, but basically you fill out a questionnaire, and at the end, it assigns you so many points per day, with some extra in case you need a cushion. All the foods are on a pointing system. Some foods are zero, like fruits, veggies, various types of meat, and seafood. But your more processed foods have a lot higher points.
So, the goal is to eat unprocessed foods.
I started this program with a lot of optimism that quickly dwindled. I struggled a lot with finding low-point foods that would fill me up. I was eating many things that would keep full for an hour, but then I was hungry again. All I could think about was eating what I was going to do for my next meal. It was also like I was trying to beat this “game” of not losing points.
However, at my first-week weigh-in, I had lost 2lbs. I was so excited. I thought if I could keep up with it, I could be down 10lbs easily in a month.
By Wednesday of the second week, I was miserable. I was constantly hungry; I could not focus on anything but food. I was so tired. There were a couple of times where I had to stop my workouts because I was so lightheaded.
Friday was my worst day. I binge at like I never have before. I had so much food that my stomach physically hurt, and at the time, I did not care. But then, a couple of hours later, I was just so upset with myself.
When I did my second weigh-in, I had gained a pound. I was so sad and upset with myself, and I was just angry with the program in general.
Two weeks in, I stopped the program.
It is safe to say I did not have the best experience on the Weight Watchers program. However, I cannot say I didn’t learn a few things. I learned how to portion my foods better, as well as what foods make me bloated.
I refuse to believe that I might be lactose intolerant, but what are you going to do.
I want to make it clear here that while this program might not have worked for me, it can efficiently work for thousands of other people. I honestly think part of me “quitting” was because I don’t think I tried hard enough.
I also want to make it clear that healthily losing weight takes time. It’s a journey, and it is not going to happen overnight. Some days are better than others, and I think that is okay.
Since stopping the program, I have been learning more sustainable ways to be healthy and to keep myself happy while doing it.
I know this post is on the longer side, but I wanted to share my experience of a weight loss program if anyone wanted to try it or was in a similar situation.
I have also been a little M.I.A in the blogging world. I have had a lot going on, nothing serious, but I had to take a little break from blogging.
I hope everyone is doing well, staying hydrated, and taking care of themselves. If you want to talk about this more in the comments, I am open.
Thank you so much for reading!