What motivates us to lose weight? For me, weighing in at an OBESE BMI (Body Mass Index) really bothered me. So, if you are feeling a bit lost and needing some motivation, I’m going to share how I lost 35 pounds in 3 months with Weight Watchers. So now I share how I lost 35 pounds in 3 months with WW (weight watchers).
It sure didn’t feel super great when I was huffing and puffing chasing after my kiddos, when activity used to be an easy thing I didn’t even think about. Another little gem that gut-punched me back into a healthier mindset was being introduced to my 2 centimetre, newly diagnosed gallstone. My lazy lifestyle and horrid eating habits had officially caught up with me.
Now, I’m not going to lie, I was living the fat life and loving every – single -minute of it. Waking up in the morning not caring about grabbing some leftover cake while drowning my Earl Grey with full fat cream was just the best, most sugary way to jumpstart my morning (but also worth about 1/4 of my daily points!)
What made me decide to lose weight?
As a Food Allergy Mom my days and nights were consumed with constantly creating meals that were healthy and safe for my kiddos. At the time I didn’t realize just how time consuming and stressful it really was. My daughter is still anaphylactic to peanuts and milk, but I have become much better at coping with those pressures and it is evident in the ways I spend my days. We opted for a food allergy treatment called, Oral Immunotherapy for Sosi’s peanut allergy. Her allergy has in no way disappeared but we now have a daily routine to cope with any accidental peanut exposures she may have. Since really committing to Weight Watchers, I have been basically dairy free, there are no jugs of milk in the house or blocks of cheese, so our house has become a safer space for Sosi in terms of her dairy allergy and less of a calorie killing landmine for me.
What was keeping me attached to the weight?
My convenient crutch of being a,“busy Mom” was the perfect excuse for my lack of exercise and insanely unhealthy food choices. ~Melissa Debra
Being a busy mom was the perfect excuse for my lack of physical activity and insanely unhealthy eating habits. It’s ironic really because all of my efforts for healthy eating were being channelled into the meals and snacks I made for my kiddos. By the time it was my turn to eat I was totally over home cooking for myself. Instead, I’d pack their little healthy lunch boxes, drop them off at school and grab myself a Timmy’s bagel with cream cheese, a chocolate chip cookie, and a tea on the way home or to work, and I would enjoy it by myself.
Multiple doctor visits and tests were conducted to rule out diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid, and any serious stomach issues. A potential diagnosis of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) along with a 2cm gallstone, doubled down with a global pandemic, and I’ve never been more motivated as a mom to get back to myself. I’d been concealed in a chubby, unhealthy body long enough. It was time to find my way back to me.
Food was not my Friend?
I used to turn to physical activity for my stress relief but for some reason I had decided to just live my best life – food wise. Chips? Yup. Cookies? Ohhhhh yes. Four Starbucks brownies during one drive-thru? Sadly, yes. The list could go on and on. I’m not entirely sure what happened but I had substituted my love of fitness and a healthy weight with delicious, fatty, face-filling foods. It got so bad I began seeking answers from the medical world instead of owning up to my part in the horrible cycle I had created.
Denial can be a tricky beast when it comes to owning up to our own choices that manifest the challenging situations we find ourselves in. For me, I was wrapped up in trying to find answers for my post babies, ’big-boned’ physique from external medical sources. The reality was, my food choices were the problem. Deep down I knew it, but I was just so blissful not worrying about my own food choices, it was difficult to swallow the reality pill that I needed to make some changes.
So…How I lost 35 pounds in 3 months with Weight Watchers…
Weight Watchers (WW) has been the stabilizing force behind the healthy weight I’ve held during my adult life. My second kick at being a bridesmaids provided me with some photographic evidence that I needed some support to get my weight under control back in 2010. You see, up until then I had really been able to, “get away” with eating pretty much whatever I wanted without gaining weight because I had always been very active with sports team and being surrounded by athletically minded individuals.
In order to be successful with any eating plan, I need to be allowed my favourite foods. Other “diets,” do not work in the long run for me. Any crazy attempts at me completely eliminating carbs turns me into a complete psycho – my body needs carbohydrates to be happy.
Enter WW (Weight Watchers), I have been eating bread, spaghetti, dill pickle pasta salad, and cereal since I started back in February 2020. Eating carbs goes along with my healthy eating plan, and guess what? The weight still came off – I have to measure every carb filled bite but it just keeps me accountable with my serving sizes.
What colour plan did I choose to lose 35 pounds in 3 months with WW (Weight Watchers)?
I chose the Green Plan, and here’s why. I need to be held accountable for my pasta, bread, and rice choices. Measuring these food choices really makes me stop and think about each meal. When 1/2 cup of jasmine rice takes 3 of my daily points, I make sure to stack the rest of my plate with zero point veggie options. The thought of having 30 points each day also really keeps me feeling like I have control of what I can eat each day. The zero point list is smaller then the other two colours but the payoff for me is more points each day.
Did I exercise to lose weight at the beginning of my WW journey?
No, I did not exercise to lose weight at the beginning of my WW journey and I still lost weight. I made sure to track my steps each day but I did not formally start exercising until after I felt like my eating was totally under control. It took me a solid 3 or 4 months to cut the cravings for sugary, salty, or even chocolatey delights. To be honest, I don’t think the cravings will ever fully go away but I did not want to be combating cravings while working on maintaining my 30 points daily allowance.
Did I eat my Weeklies when I first started Weight Watchers?
No. I did not eat my weeklies unless it was a few random here and there per day. Meaning, if I was hungry and needed a few crackers after dinner, I ate them. I tried really hard to make sure I wasn’t ever feeling starving. But looking back now, for the first 3 months, I only had 1 week, maybe 2 weeks where I used all of my weeklies. In January 2020, I was given 30 “weeklies,” I am now down to 27. The number will likely decrease as you start to get your weight at a healthier location on the scale.
What exactly did I eat to lose the weight?
Here is a sample two week meal plan that was in high rotation when I started. Actually, I still eat like this most of the time now on maintenance. Now that I am at goal weight, I have a bit more leverage with food options because I am exercising daily. To start though, I would keep a few key points in mind. I really wanted to make sure the scale was moving down each week so I didn’t get discouraged. I know, for my body, reducing my weekly intake of complex carbs (pasta, rice, sugars etc.), helps to nudge the scale in the right direction. You may be different. Part of this journey is finding out what works for you.
Here is the meal-plan example that I followed, click here and it will email to you in a PDF document .
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Update: I’ve now lost over 75 pounds in the last year with WW (Weight Watchers) and am now in the maintenance phase.
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