Fat Tuesday

Hey, it’s time for another post about How I’m Still Fat.  Are you excited?!

So, I’ve tried eating better and running.  I’ve tried the gym of death.  I gave up sugar for 25 seconds.  And guess what?  STILL FAT.  Don’t judge me, please.

Or, do.  I don’t care.

Last Thursday, I did something I swore I’d never do.  I joined Weight Watchers.

I was skeptical.  Going to meetings EVERY WEEK?  Being around other fatties?  Constantly counting points and worrying about foods?  Still, since nothing else I was doing was working the way I wanted to, I decided to give it a shot.  So, I went.  My meeting leader was this perky little thing who was INCREDIBLY HAPPY about Weight Watchers.  She lost 90 pounds 21 years ago, and has kept it off, despite multiple health challenges, including Multiple Sclerosis.  If that’s not motivating, I don’t know what is.

Anyways, so far, it’s good.  Great, even.  I’m learning to count Points.  I get to track my food online, and WW has a totally easy-to-use site with a ton of tools.  It’s great to go to a meeting with other people who “get it” and know how it feels to be completely obsessed with food, while being completely defeated by your weight simultaneously.  My Points have yet to leave me hungry, and I have plenty of room for the occasional indulgence—no more food hyperbole of “NEVER EAT THIS!” or “ONLY EAT THIS SUPER AMAZING GREEN LETTUCE!”  I like that Weight Watchers goes beyond giving you a meal plan, and helps you learn tools to be successful in the mental and emotional side of things—which is where my challenge lies.

Oh, and I’ve lost 3 pounds in less than a week.  Pretty damn encouraging.

I’m trying to set realistic workout goals for myself.  I did some cardio over the weekend, and remembered just how much I like to sweat, how good I feel later.  Last year, Andrew and I sort of ran-walked a Thanksgiving Run To Feed The Hungry, and I’m hoping that by 3 months time, I’ll be able to run it.  We’re returning to Gym Of Death tomorrow.

Anyways, I’m feeling pretty good about things.  As I’ve said before, I don’t want this to become Amy’s Weight Loss Blog, but I will be sharing updates on Tuesday, on the aptly named posts entitled “Fat Tuesday.”  So, cheer me on, tell me your story, join Weight Watchers where you live and we can comisserate, but most of all, I hope you get to watch me succeed once and for all.  I’ll try and post photo updates, and even the number of pounds lost (NEVER MY REAL WEIGHT, sorry!) as I go.

And to those of you who have supported me, emailed me and shared your own stories, THANK YOU.  I’d love to hear more.

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12 responses to “Fat Tuesday

  1. Audrey

    Good luck with the WW! I am sure you’ll do well on it. It takes some getting used to, but it’s worth it in the end! It’s so nice to be able to save your points and splurg once and awhile! I’ve got some low point staples that I have in my diet if you want to know about them. Remember… any time you want to walk after school, Charlie and I are around!

  2. yay amy! i really am so proud of your willpower and determination.
    i am pretty much a lazy bum – but these posts of yours are encouraging me to create good habits to be fit and healthy. and i’m so glad you’re finding strategies that will help you meet your goals.
    i had a limited, but postive, weight watchers-ish experience. after putting on the freshman 15+, i came home that summer to clothes that didn’t fit and a body that didn’t feel right. i didn’t become a full-fledged member, but my mom had one of the sliding scale charts that told you how many points were in each food item. knowing my point limit and what fit into my daily ‘allowance’ helped me to know what to eat, how much to eat, which foods were point wasters, etc. so, all that to say, i know you have the drive and determination necessary – and i hope weight watchers just helps you along. 🙂
    hope your week is going well – we need to catch up soon. i am husband-less for the next 2 weeks, so let me know. miss and love you lots.

  3. You got this, no worries.

    And don’t knock weight watchers, for some it really is the thing that keeps them in the right frame of mind. I lost about 50lbs on it and that was three years ago, so can’t say I’m opposed.

    Good luck lady!

  4. Kim

    I have a good friend who has been trying to lose weight for a while now and nothing has worked. Like you she was reluctant to join Weight Watchers but since she has she’s lost more weight than she had with any of the other “diets.” She especially loves the online feature. Keep up the great work!!

  5. Thats awesome! I have a few good girlfriends who LOVE (and have had really great success with) Weight Watchers – good luck!

  6. Weight Watchers worked wonders for my mother-in-law, seriously. She said it took a lot of pressure off when you just counted up the points, vs. completely depriving yourself of treats. Good luck to you!

  7. Marti

    I just joined as well — when your son is 16 months it’s no longer an excuse to say “I just had a baby.” and when people keep asking me when my 2nd child is due…well I’m tired of being told I look pregnant. 🙂

    Let’s roll the dice and see what happens. Amy — we can do it!

  8. kel

    Nice work!

    I love to eat even more than I love to work out.

    And, while I’ll probably never be as skinny as any of the other bitches here in SoCal, it’s good enough for me.

    I think.

  9. CHi

    i’m one of those who can’t lose weight easily— 6 years ago, i lost 30 lbs in a span of 2 years and it brought me down to a comfortable size 4/6. it took about 6 months of constant workouts to even notice i was starting to lost weight, so i know where ur coming from when it “seems” like nothing’s working—- but keep at girl!! ur off to a great start!! i’ve gained about 15 lbs back, but i am currently keeping a workout log and its been working great! i can’t wait to see you next week— i’ll text u later!

  10. I too have been thinking about WW but I am stubborn – I keep thinking I can do it myself, why spend the money. HA, that hasn’t gotten me far yet! I will keep you psted if I do join!

    P.S. new blog is up!

  11. Have you tried the couch to 5k training plan? http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

    It was recommended to me a couple of years ago, I followed it (I used it by time instead of distance since it was easier to keep track of it when running outside), and by the end of it I could run 3 miles! (Though I’ve always been athletic, I couldn’t even run 5 minutes when I started it!)

    In April I completed a 10 mile race (running the whole thing) and am now training for a Half Marathon, when 2 years ago, running 3 miles seemed impossible!

    The concept of WW is to count calories — really the only way for you to lose weight, spend more than you put in — but they switch that to points, so it’s a lot easier/simpler to keep track.

    You might want to sign up for hungrygirl.com newsletters, since she’s always sending recipes with simple food tricks, and including the points for all her recipes.

  12. Sam

    Go you! I know. I keep skirting around the Weight Watchers idea. Mostly I avoid it because I don’t want to spend money, which is silly.

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