Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Here's to Good Health!

I’ve been a Weight Watcher for a long time. Hit my goal weight in 2004, the year I turned 40, but also the year we found out my mom had cancer. I maintained ok for a little while, but then the weight crept back on until now I weigh more than I did when I started WW the first time! Yikes!

While I did fairly well with the points system, I didn’t really embrace the important foundations of the program: following my hunger signals and the 8 healthy guidelines, especially limiting my intake of sugar. This next week I’m going to start paying attention to my hunger cues. Am I really hungry? Bored? Happy? Sad? I say I’m an emotional eater, but really, I’m just an eater – any emotion at all – or no emotion – can cause me to eat. So, for one week, every time I eat something I’m going to record how I feel emotionally and physically. I am NOT going to bore you guys with my daily drama – but I will report my results next week. Don’t worry – I’m not turning this into my Weight Loss Journey Blog! We’ll just add this component to the “I’m moving, feeling decrepit, missing my mom, adjusting to small town life” flavor. In fact, I can feel a post brewing about my hands…

I’ll bet you can’t wait!

9 comments:

  1. I know what you mean- I just like to eat!! Some people have other hobbies, but eating is fun :0
    Sylvia

    ReplyDelete
  2. I did WW too and quite liked the points system. The trouble with all these "systems" is that when you stop doing them, you go back to your bad old ways - at least I did. I guess the only way is eat sensibly - until those pesky scientists figure out how to make calorie-free chololate. Now that's what I'm talking about!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I will be interested. I am now heavier than when I was 9 months pregnant last year. I am one year younger than you, hormones????? :(

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh, I've never heard that about WW - sounds smart. I had heard that sometimes people think they're hungry when they're actually thirsty.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'll be interested too. And anyone that reads this comment and doesn't struggle even a little with their weight...well, I don't like them! So there! :OP

    ReplyDelete
  6. I'll be very interested to read about what you find out on the emotional component in weight loss experience. I think there's also the weather component: in cold weather we eat more.

    ReplyDelete
  7. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  8. All humans love to eat. Those of us lucky enough to have more than enough to eat have to deal with eating issues that have never existed until this time and place.

    Don't fuss too much about weight, though, please? We worry so much about it. I'd like to vote for more emphasis on health and well being, balance, and moving around more than on pounds and points. OK?

    ReplyDelete
  9. I like to eat too. It's so hard to really change. I'm reading a book called The Four Day Win by Martha Beck that's really more about changing your mental outlook than it is about dieting. She has some very interesting ideas (one is about the watcher, the dictator and the wild child). The book takes you a journey to what she calls "thinner peace." I'm going to blog about this when I'm finished reading it.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for stopping by - I'd love to hear what you have to say!