Or as my dad calls it… the mutant diet. 😉
Last Sunday, when I was loading some of my oft-eaten foods into my Weight Watchers online database, I felt an overwhelming sense of confidence and comfort. It was pretty crazy and also very satisfying!
Some background for those who didn’t know me before my blogging days: I found myself overweight quickly after high school. My mom was diagnosed with lung cancer when I was 19 and I definitely turned to food for comfort. By the time I lost her when I was 21, I was solidly in the overweight camp. By the time I left Minnesota and moved to Arizona in 1998, I was a good 40 lbs heavier than I wanted to be. I yo-yo dieted (with lots of fad diets, such as Atkins, South Beach, The Zone, etc.) those 40 lbs for many years, until 2006, when I was the highest I had ever been – about 85 lbs overweight.
It was at that time that I realized I needed to not only lose weight, but learn how to manage it once I did lose it. I needed to learn how to maintain and make healthier choices when I WASN’T dieting. It seemed that I was always either losing or gaining.
That was when I decided to give Weight Watchers online a try. It was proven and it would supply me with the tools to maintain once I hit my goal weight. Well, I got close, but I never quite made it – in a year I lost 70 lbs, putting me about 15 lbs away from my goal weight. But, I had to have gall bladder surgery and I was so sick of dieting, that I absolutely used that as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted. And then we got pregnant! I had already gained back about 25 or so lbs and then I packed on another 80 while pregnant! Yikes!
After our son was born in late 2008, I managed to lose about 40 lbs of the baby weight in his first few months of life, but when we packed up and moved across the country in the summer of 2009 (which was one of the least pleasant and most stressful times of my life), I packed all 40 back on, until one morning I found myself exactly the same weight as I was the morning I delivered my little boy, although this time there was no baby in me. Reality-check, big time. 😦
Staring at over 100 lbs to lose this time (more like 120-130), I tried going back to Weight Watchers, but it was very slow going and I couldn’t stay motivated. The road ahead seemed too long and I couldn’t see the end. I did lose about 30 lbs before summer rolled around and dieting was out the window. Then when I noticed a co-working shrinking away rapidly, I learned about SlimGenics.
This was the plan I had been looking for! Restrictive, yes. But, rapid results! And there is nothing that will keep me motivated like results!! So, it was then that this blog was born and the journey to lose began (for those who don’t know and don’t want to read over a year’s worth of blog posts – I lost 100 lbs in 9 1/2 months on SlimGenics – I finally hit my goal!).
But here I am now, AGAIN not having learned how to maintain and manage my weight, since I left Minnesota (and thus my access to SlimGenics) right after reaching goal and I did not get to benefit from ANY of the maintenance weeks included with the plan. Sigh.
So now, I am utilizing AdvoCare products, along with SlimGenics products (and the priceless knowledge I gained from that diet) into my Weight Watchers plan and it’s been a great week so far. I am down about 5 lbs since starting on Monday – a great start (although I’m sure there is water weight in there).
I am hoping to average around 2 lbs/week this time. Much slower than with SlimGenics, but I also hope to finally see it through this time and stick with them for maintenance and learn healthy eating habits for life! With the knowledge from SlimGenics, I believe I am actually eating healthier this time around than the first time I did Weight Watchers, and I do believe that’s really important. It’s not just about losing weight, it’s about being healthy and having the energy to live my life and not just sit on my butt and watch it fly by.
Let the mutant diet begin! 🙂