We all have a thousand things to do this time of year! Lets face it, we have a thousand things to do at all times during the year. Life can be overwhelming at times and for me yesterday was one of those times.
Yesterday I made the decision to quit Weight Watchers. I am both saddened and relieved by this. I am saddened for a few reasons, mainly because I will miss the weekly visits with my meeting friends. I’ve made some strong friendship connections since joining in June. I know I will still see those friends, just not as frequently. I am also saddened because by quiting im losing my built in accountability of a weekly weigh in. Back in 2011 (before my Lupus got bad) I had amazing success with Weight watchers. I lost over 50 pounds in a year with the program! Of course my life was very different then and I had amazing support from a friend, freedom/ability to workout when I wanted, much less responsibility, etc. This time around my success has been much slower. I’ve lost 15 pounds since June 1st. I realize my illness and my new Mom life are both factors in my slow loosing and I accept that. I make a point of eating healthy and doing what I can when I can, that to me in itself is a success! Not all victories are revealed by the number on the scale or the size of my pants!!
You might be wondering why I quit given I just told you all about my success! I quit because I can’t get behind the new program released this week. The changes are substantial and I can’t wrap my head around a program that says I can have a beer for less points than a glass of milk! I can eat heavily processed/ chemical laden brand name potato crisps for less points than a 1/4 avocado. In my opinion the points values of many foods no longer represents their nutrition! I can’t force myself to follow a program that doesn’t give me enough daily points to have oatmeal with milk, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter for breakfast. A green salad with 4 oz of grilled chicken, 1/4 of an avocado, & 1 tablespoon dressing for lunch, and a high fibre wrap with 4 oz lean protein, 1 oz of cheese, veggies and salsa for dinner. Plus one serving of Greek yogurt and berries for a snack! That’s three healthy meals and one snack and according to the new program I wouldn’t have enough points for that.
When a program starts to cause more stress than health benifits it’s time to throw in the towel. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not throwing in the towel on healthy eating! I’m just throwing in the towel on paying $60 a month to be stressed out when making healthy choices!!