I used to think that the longer I was on Weight Watchers and the closer I got to goal the less I'd need to plan. I used to think that as time went on my healthy habits would be second nature and I'd be able to stop doing the things that I was doing as a Weight Watcher Newbie. I thought someday I'd be so experienced and such a pro that I wouldn't need to do things like weigh, measure and track...or IF I did those things I wouldn't need to pre-plan the way I do now, but that's not the case. And that's OK.
When I first started Weight Watchers and I was weighing, measuring, tracking, planning and felt like I was eating, sleeping and breathing Weight Watchers I thought to myself "it's OK. It's only temporary. It's only to get me started." and then I lost a few pounds and I told myself "just a little longer...I just want to lose a little more" and then I did just what I had planned. I let go of the reigns a little and allowed myself a little more freedom and as the slack got looser my pants got tighter and I realized that GUESS WHAT...weighing, measuring, tracking and planning...eating, breathing and sleeping Weight Watchers...IT WORKS. And even though it sounds overwhelming and even though it sounds like a lot it's really not.
It took me less than 20 minutes on Wednesday evening to plan my ENTIRE week and it takes me about 5 minutes at the end of every night to punch it all into my phone. And because I took less than an hour (combined) out of my entire week to track what I ate I feel good and I feel successful. I don't know what will happen tomorrow night on the scale but as I've said before, the scale is only one measure of my success. I ate well this week, stayed within my DPT, worked out, earned 16 (so far, but plans to workout tomorrow morning!) AP's...it's been a great week and it all started on Wednesday evening when I made the choice to track my week.
If you had asked me when I first started my journey if I'd be dedicating this much time to Weight Watchers after I'd been on this journey for a while, and down a lot I'd probably tell you "hell no!" but now that I have been on this journey for 4 years and I am down 93.8 pounds I can stand here and say that Weight Watchers is a part of my life now; a big part and it always will be. For me, this works. Others might see it as too much work but I think I'm worth the work! Truthfully, the more I do it the less I think of it as work and the more I enjoy it. It feels good to take care of myself, make myself a priority and though others may see it as too much work, overwhelming, time consuming or a nuisance to put so much effort into their diet every week I find it comforting, reassuring and cathartic. Maybe I'm just weird but I figured that I have 2 options: be fat and unhealthy or embrace the fact that to be fit and healthy I'll need to work for it.