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post #1 of 22
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just wondering... i started doing this last year and lost 10lbs, then the holidays rolled around and i quit... the good news is i didnt gain an ounce over the holidays but now today is my first day to start up again and i am having trouble getting in the swing of things... its only 5pm and i am already a few points over.... havent had dinner yet... alot of it is probably because i had pizza for lunch... i forgot how many points per slice they were
what works better for you guys... eating and writing points as you go, or making up a menu for the day and sticking with it... i havent tried the second way yet, i am thinking about it though... anyone else have any good ideas to help you stick with it, or to keep you motivated??

Good luck to everyone who is dieting!!
post #2 of 22
I am not doing Weight Watchers but I am on the South Beach Diet. I started that last summer, did well and then around September fell off track. So now I'm back on this (this is day 8) and I find that its is a little planning and a lot motivation. I try making a shopping list which includes lots of quick and healthy snacks, easy lunches to bring to work, and a few planned dinners. I don't plan out when I make each meal though. But I think keeping the refridgerator stocked with healthy things helps a lot. But, there is a huge mental component too. Last week my coworkers ordered Chinese and even though i ordered with them it took a lot of will power to say that I would pass on the egg roll and rice.

Hope you're able to stick with it and keep losing. We'll have to keep each other motivated!
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
yea, i wish i had time to go to meetings, motivation from peers really really helps, but i am taking 16 credits this semester and really have no time for anything... i have two other friends who are doing weight watchers as well but they are both in school also with small children and we have no classes together, so meeting or just talking with them is hard... i guess it is okay though, cuz i am saving money by not going... good luck on the south beach... i started that and dropped it quickly.. i couldnt stick with it... just reading the book wore me out... i know, i am a wuss...
good luck to you too!!
post #4 of 22
I lost 25 lbs. on WW a couple of years ago. I have been not-so-good as far as watching what I have been eating, so I have not maintained as well as I would have liked. I actually went back on program after Christmas. I find I am most successful when I journal faithfully.
post #5 of 22
I started doing South Beach last August and lost a whopping 30 lbs before I stopped around the holidays. Since then, I've put 12 back on which I find is unacceptable. I've just started back up and I WILL reach my goal this year. I find it very difficult to stay focused. But I went bought some new clothes last year which don't fit as motivation to make them fit. I've since put them in a very visible place so when ever I get clothes out of my closet, they're the first things that I see. I guess kind of helps me keep my eye on the prize.
post #6 of 22
I did WW a few years ago, and lost 50 lbs...and kept it off!!!

Beryl is right, the biggest component is mental. I made the decision to change my eating habits for life. I know myself well, so while I was actively losing weight, I was very strict. I didn't cheat once, but it was because I knew I had to. Everyone is different, of course. When I started, I did a clean sweep of the kitchen, and literally threw out everything that I knew I shouldn't eat. Sure, sometimes I was frustrated, and wanted to cheat, but I just thought about how I'd feel the next time I stepped on the scale, and saw I gained weight.

Planning is key. I always, always brought food to work with me, and relied heavily on Lean Cuisine or Healthy Choice dinners. I also found that I really needed to keep a lid on carbs...not eliminate them, but no more than 30 percent of my intake. I also daily ate salads dressed with a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar...definitely tart, but so filling!

I never officially joined WW, but got the info from a co-worker, and did it on my own. Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can. Don't think "Can I do it?"...decide to do it!

I also gave away clothes as they became too big for me. That way I couldn't sneak on extra weight...otherwise I'd have to go to work naked! Now that's motivation!

Congratulations on your progress so far...you can do it!
post #7 of 22
I have twidce lost latrge amounts of weight on WW (30 lbs or more) but put it back each time. Then I went to Slimming World which worked better for me as there is no points system - I think that is hard to keep to. The problem for me here is there is no club and I need the weekly meetings. ALso I cannot buy most of the low calorie things I need, so I am not as slim as I would like right now.
post #8 of 22
I'm doing Weight Watchers! and go to class every wednesday straight from work.

So far i've lost over 30lb! and i feel great that i'm getting the old me back again!

I prefer to stick with the "full choice" which is the point system rather than the "no count" where you can have plenty of potatoes, pasta etc.. because i'd go overboard doing that.
post #9 of 22
I have been doing WW for 4 months now and have lost 12kg (25lbs?)
I really enjoy going to the meetings and am ususally pretty good about writing down my points... ....just mucked up abit around Xmas time....but I am back on track now.

I'm like you Meagan, I eat and write points as I go....I haven't tried planning a menu and sticking to it through the day....but I think I may give it a go....especially if I start mucking up with they way i am doing it now. If I keep it a bit diverse, I may not get too bored too quickly

So far it is working well, and I like it!

Good luck to all!!!!!!
post #10 of 22
I'm doing Weight Watchers on-line. I do much better when I journal too but have fallen off the wagon this past week. But I've started back on this week.
post #11 of 22
A south beach girl here - lost 9lbs so far!

I also found this website that is great for SBD'ers - has so much information and really helps a lot with my questions!

South Beach Diet
post #12 of 22
Good luck all you "losers"!
post #13 of 22
Good job for you i have a sense of humour Miss Sammi!!!!
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by rosiemac
Good job for you i have a sense of humour Miss Sammi!!!!
Just using a past word from the old weight loss thread, of course you know I mean "losers" as in loosing weight.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Kiwideus
A south beach girl here - lost 9lbs so far!

I also found this website that is great for SBD'ers - has so much information and really helps a lot with my questions!

South Beach Diet
Yay I'll have to check that one out. I personally have found lots of great info at this site as well...


http://www.southbeach-diet-plan.com
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
Just using a past word from the old weight loss thread, of course you know I mean "losers" as in loosing weight.
I know what you meant!!!
post #17 of 22
I follow the Carbohydrateaddicts Lifespan Program (coming up on my 2 year anniversary) and have lost over 71 lbs. For me, keeping a daily food log helps, as does planning meals and snacks for the week. I also make sure if a day trip is coming up that I bring appropriate snacks with me OR what is called a "meal repair kit" - extra protein and veggies in case I end up eating someplace where it's not so easy to stick to my eating plan.

best wishes to you with your diet!
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
I follow the Carbohydrateaddicts Lifespan Program (coming up on my 2 year anniversary) and have lost over 71 lbs. For me, keeping a daily food log helps, as does planning meals and snacks for the week. I also make sure if a day trip is coming up that I bring appropriate snacks with me OR what is called a "meal repair kit" - extra protein and veggies in case I end up eating someplace where it's not so easy to stick to my eating plan.

best wishes to you with your diet!
Thats a good idea Pat - I asked for help for my upcoming trip to New Orleans (Can you tell I am so excited??) and they gave me some great tips over at the SBD site so I am prepared for it.

And after not eating those carbs, I feel a lot different - my body feels lighter somehow, and my wellbeing feels better. If that even makes sense
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Kiwideus
Thats a good idea Pat - I asked for help for my upcoming trip to New Orleans (Can you tell I am so excited??) and they gave me some great tips over at the SBD site so I am prepared for it.

And after not eating those carbs, I feel a lot different - my body feels lighter somehow, and my wellbeing feels better. If that even makes sense
Oh you bet it makes sense. I remember the days of unrestricted carb consumption...meals where I was so sleepy afterwards, I might fall asleep, feeling unsatisfied after a meal, even though my tummy felt full. I now have this lovely feedback mechanisim, if I eat too many (for me) carbs, I have an increase in heart rate as well as getting sleepy!

New Orleans... I lived there and across Lake Ponchartrain for a year. Oohhh..oysters on the half shell - and you *must* work in having a beignet on your diet one day while there!

Gorgeous seafood options await you while you are there
post #20 of 22
What is a beignet? Sounds interesting! Are oysters allowed? I LOVE LOVE LOVE oysters!!!
post #21 of 22
A beignet is something I call carbworthy they are little puffy squares (deepfried and then dipped in confectioners sugar)...they remind me of what in my home state would be called pizza fritte - fried pizza dough then rolled in regular sugar. They might remind you of a great square homemade doughnut.

Sure...oysters are a plain protein, can't imagine they wouldn't be allowed on your diet...you will have to work in any use of crackers or hot sauce or tomato sauce (however you like your oysters on the half shell)...some stuffed oyster recipes are with cheese and spinach (I think) and maybe minimal bread crumbs..again, could be worked into your diet I'd think

Here is a site with a description of the history of beignet's and a picture of what they look like:beignet's
post #22 of 22
Oh oh oh they look so good! I *might* just have one. After all, I should be allowed a treat

I just looked it up, yep I can eat oysters! Yay! Its been so long since i had them and I am looking forward to all the seafood I can eat down there!
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