Monday, September 14, 2015

Joined Weight Watchers

I'm not sure if this is the ultimate sign of desperation or just a really good idea I've been putting off for far too long, but this morning I joined Weight Watchers Online. They have a pretty good deal right now that if you lose 10 lbs in your first 2 months, you get 2 months free.  Should be good motivation to get going.

I used to belong to SparkPeople which is kind of a free version of Weight Watchers.  The more I investigate the online portion of WW, the more I see similarities. Which is good because SparkPeople was motivating for me when I participated. The problem was there was little to keep me going there when I lost motivation. And it was an online community I struggled to find my place in. Although I did have some success with my blogs.

I've realized that all of the exercise in the world isn't going to help me lose weight if I don't get my eating under control.

I actually red a blog last week about how people don't like to exercise and it shouldn't be forced on them as a way to lose weight because it really is a crappy way to lose weight. The best control we have over our weight is through diet.

It's kind of a cruel irony that I enjoy exercise more than I enjoy eating healthy foods.

I get that all of this makes sense. There aren't many gains to be made even through strength training. Even by taking the stairs all the way to my office every morning or running 15 -20 miles a week. Walking Hank at the dog park will do even less for me.

I tried going back to a diet I'd tried before, but I struggled to maintain that for more than a couple of weeks. I quickly got bored of the food and lazy about preparing it. Although I'm still doing a fruit filled smoothie every morning and trying to make sure that fruits/vegetables are part of every meal.

It's with some fear that I start back on Weight Watchers. A program is only ever as good as the person following it. Since recovering from cancer, I sometimes get a, "screw it, we're all going to die anyway!" mentality and just go for the food I want to eat. Ok, I get that mentality a few times a day.

Especially since I haven't been able to run.

I went to my running clinic on the weekend and walked the 20 minutes instead of running. My foot/ankle wasn't painful, but I could definitely feel the tendon was irritated. To bad since I'd hoped to start running again on Sunday.

So, instead, I started sanding a desk we've been planning to refinish for my sewing room. It kept me active and out of the kitchen. We also bought stain and paint for it and now I'm going to have to go find some brass polish because it's old enough to have actual brass drawer pulls that are tarnished and crappy looking.

1 comment:

  1. What a fun idea, having a project to do to keep you occupied while your foot is injured! Sounds like you might need another week off, at least it is getting better! I've had plantar fasciitis in my heel for months now. It mostly just hurts when I wake up or am sitting for a while. I finally saw the doc last week and I now have an anti-inflammatory for arthritis that I think is starting to help. I'm tempted to get a sock as well. I saw this in the store and it's much tighter of a fit than it looks in the photo: ...Not sure it would help so I'm hesitant to spend the money.
    I completely agree that it's easier to work out than eat healthier. A workout lasts an hour. Food is there 24/7. And the "better" I am trying to be with my food choices the more I seem to get consumed by thoughts of food/what I'm it balanced with carbs/protein, how many calories, how many ounces, does it taste good, can I make it taste better, is there a better substitute, what else should I eat, when do I eat next... And it gets frustrating when I feel like I'm making lots of "sacrifices" with my food (by not eating what I really want to eat) and not seeing results on the scale. If I see results then it's worth it and I seem to enjoy my healthier choices more.
    I just have to go back to the goals of eating fruits/veggies at every meal and keeping my portions in check. It's something I need to do at my current weight and at my goal weight. (If I ever get there).
    Best of luck to you this week!