One month ago I began my journey to lose weight and started to refocus on my long term goals. My goals this past month were to adjust slowly to my new plan and to modify my approach each week until I found the right fit. Here I am one month after starting my journey and I wanted to share what I’ve been up to and what I’ve learned.
After giving birth to Magnolia weight loss was honestly the last thing on my mind. I simply ate when I had the chance. After being cleared by my doctor, I personally decided that I had three options to pair with working out; I could count calories, join Weight Watchers, or focus on eating intuitively. On October 10th I decided to join Weight Watchers.
My first week went as well as it could have. We had family in town and ate out a lot, so I counted Points as much as I could. It wasn’t an “ideal” first week but I still lost weight (0.4 pounds) and felt good about my transition back to Weight Watchers.
During my second week on Weight Watchers I realized how easy it was for me to eat foods that weren’t exactly filling. I counted Points but started thinking more and more about the Weight Watchers Simply Filling plan. My second week I lost 2.2 pounds and made the decision to switch to the Simply Filling plan for week 3.
The transition to Simply Filling took a lot of planning but it went well. I started by printing out the Simply Filling foods list and then created a list of meal ideas from those foods. On the Simply Filling plan you can eat as much of the “Filling Foods” as you’re hungry for in a day, as well as up to 49 Points a week on foods that are not on the Filling Foods list. Week 3 was a real turning point for me because it made me realize how few “Filling Foods” I was eating each day. It was a real eye opener as I struggled to limit my “non Filling Foods”. I learned a lot that week, and although I was discouraged to have gained 0.4 pounds, I became more comfortable centering my meals and snacks around Filling Foods.
During week 4 I was determined to track all of my “non Filling Foods” and to stay at or under my 49 points. I felt comfortable creating meals from the Simply Filling food list and felt like all of the puzzle pieces were coming together. When I stepped on the scale last week and had gained another 0.2 pounds I was at a loss for words. I wasn’t discouraged, as I knew I had tracked my “non filling foods” and had focused on the Simply Filling foods list, but clearly something was missing.
After one month on Weight Watchers I’ve come to realize that while I feel best eating foods on the Simply Filling foods list, my portions are just too big! Eating scrambled eggs, zucchini, sweet potatoes, and a whole wheat English muffin for breakfast for example is awesome, but if I’m eating more calories than I should, at the end of the day I’m just not going to lose weight!
It has taken me 4 weeks, but I’ve realized that I need to count Points until my portion control becomes intuitive. My goal is still to eat as many Simply Filling foods as I can each day, but I’m going to track the Points for all foods, not just the “non Filling Foods”.
In my first month, I lost 2 pounds. While it wasn’t as much as I had hoped to have lost, I’m feeling really great physically! My workouts have been really great, I’m learning a lot about myself, and I’m just overall figuring things out as a new mom. I feel more confident in what it’ll take for me to lose weight and I’m eager to see how things go this next month. (1 month postpartum vs 2 months postpartum)
Every Saturday I’ll continue to share my weekly weigh-in and you can also find photos of what I’m eating over on my Instagram. I look forward to sharing more about my weight loss journey with Weight Watchers each week and month.