So, I’ve been doing WW Freestyle (previously Weight Watchers, but apparently WW is much cooler a title) since mid-December. I’ve lost about 25 lbs. since then, most of which came off within the first few months. Over the past couple months, however, my weight loss has been non-existent. I’ve tried the Wendie Plan to create some hills and valleys with my weekly points intakes, still staying within my points allotment. This didn’t really work. And I was also not a fan at all of all the sugar-free recipes that WW was toting through members: sugar-free chocolate cake mix, sugar-free creamer, fat-free greek yogurt, etc. Just because they’re low calorie and did not have a lot of nutrients, they counted as low points. What I DID like about WW is that it pushed you to eat a lot more fruits, veggies, beans, and poultry (breast meat) by counting them as 0 points. Also, to WW’s credit, it got me thinking more about portion control and frequency of my meals. But once I got used to this way of life, my body stopped responding to the caloric deficit.
Then I got to thinking, I lost a bunch of weight before my pregnancy eating whole, unprocessed foods, and just keeping an eye on my calories. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Also, WW gave high points to some very good minimally-processed foods (RX bars, rolled oats, white rice had the same points as brown rice, and a half of an avocado was 6 points!). So I cancelled my WW subscription (it goes until August for me, as I got a couple free months for getting family members on it) and I’m going to go back to tracking through MyFitnessPal (which is free, WW was $20/month) just to keep my calories in check. I’m also going to knock out all of these “diet” foods from my home: Cool Whip, sugar-free Jello, artificial sweeteners, fat-free products. I’m going to go back to my full-fat yogurts, whole milks, brown rice, quinoa, olive oils, ghee, nut butters (thank Christ! I missed these), seeds, and homemade granola bars! In essence, it’s very similar to an anti-inflammatory Mediterranean diet, except I can’t stand just regular olives – they taste like feet.
I guess my point is this, THERE IS NO QUICK FIX. WW works for a lot of people. I think I had a lot of healthy habits even before I started (yeah, I went overboard on cereals while pregnant), and WW helped get me back on track with portions. WW isn’t gonna work long-term for me; it’s not my bag. I need to get back on track with limiting processed foods, keeping an eye on my sugar consumption, and eating healthy fats again.
On the plus side, a lil health update: my husband and I are taking out life insurance policies, which in itself is a pretty morbid and creepy thing to think about. If I die, my fam gets $500,000! So we had a nurse come to our apartment to do the health evaluations. She checked my blood pressure and I’m a bit low, but definitely not high (score!) and my resting heart rate was 52 bpm! That’s around that of a friggin’ athlete, yo! So even though I’m still hovering at 195 lbs, my body IS healthy. Unless there’s an accident or something, my fam won’t be seeing a cent of that $500,000 policy!
OK. I’m about to try out a banana bread recipe involving no sugar and wholesome ingredients! I’ll let ya’ll know how it turns out and will post if it doesn’t suck.