I normally get comments and emails regarding my Tummy Tuck and I’m always more then willing to share my experience. However recently the questions are getting quite disturbing…
“i see you weighed in. i just have to ask.. was all the tummy tuck pain worth it when you arent being good to your weight??”
“are you taking advantage of the fact that you have a flat stomach and mocking your body??”
“I notice you have gained a couple pounds.. I wonder why anyone would go thru all the pain to gain. is a TT worth it in the end”
“does having a TT ‘allow’ you to ‘let yourself’ not watch the weight as closely?????”
What? Are you guys serious?
I’m going to gain a little and lose a little, gain a little and lose a little, THAT’S CALLED MAINTENANCE!
Please don’t think you hit some magic number on the scale and then miraculously stay there forever. You age, you build muscle, you lose muscle, you retain water, you splurge on the holidays.
It’s called LIFE!
Maintenance is a funny funny thing. My favorite Weight Watchers leader once said maintenance is like a wave. Your weight should go up and down. It’s normal. Now, my weight is a little higher then I’d like it to be at the moment but that is JUST A NUMBER ON THE SCALE. I feel great. I look great. My clothes fit perfectly. I’m strong. I’m fit. And I’m motivated.
I am a Weight Watchers Maintainer, hear me roar!
OK, that may have gotten out of hand.
Anyway, speaking of Weight Watchers (did you like that transition?), WAY back before Christmas Cranky dissed Weight Watchers (she didn’t really, it was just the title of her post) and their new ad campaign. Apparently some people are up in arms because Weight Watchers is declaring they aren’t a diet they are a lifestyle and this is causing some discussion about my particular program of choice.
Weight Watchers really did change my life and it is a lifestyle for me now. I’ve read opinions on both sides of the Weight Watchers fence and I can understand why some people don’t buy it. One size does not fit all when it comes to dieting, oops I mean “lifestyles.”
All I can do is share the 2 big reasons I think Weight Watchers worked for me.
- FLOREWeight Watchers has 2 plans, Flex and Core. Flex has you counting points for any foods you eat. The number of points you get depends on your height, weight etc. Core on the other hand gives you a list of foods you eat from until you are satisfied. (Note: the programs are more complicated, this is just an overview)I’m a flex girl all the way. The point system really helped me control portions. Probably Definitely my biggest problem. When you like to eat you tend not to realize you just inhaled 4 servings of pasta. Flex forced me to learn what a serving was and it gave me the tools to track food in an easy way.
When you do Flex you realize quick enough that you can eat more healthy foods then junk, because healthy foods have lower point values. Well, where can I get a list of good, healthy low point food? Why? The Core food list of course!
So instead of picking Flex or Core I decided on FLORE! Count points while sticking to the Core food list as best you can. This worked great for me! It really helped me learn how to eat healthier.
- The Weekly MeetingsI am super competitive. Did I ever tell you that? I don’t mean I’m not “bum rush the umpire” type of competitive but I like to win. I like to succeed. And I like to impress. Meetings helped me because every week I wanted, no, I needed to raise my hand and say. “I did it! I lost 1.2 pounds this week!”Everyone would clap and it psyched me up for the next week. (I know you are going to ask about the weeks I didn’t lose, well then I’d work even harder to share my success the next week, it’s just how I tick.)
Beyond competitive reasons, the meetings kept me focused. Once a week I reminded myself what I was doing. I sat in a room with people who shared my struggle, who understood what is feels like to be me. It’s my ½ hour “AA” meeting and I love celebrating others successes.
Now, these same reasons may be the reasons that it doesn’t work for you.
Who wants to count points? Or sit in a room with other people trying to lose weight?
Like I said one size doesn’t fit all. But when push comes to shove, Weight Watchers is a lifestyle, because if you learn it. I mean really learn it, you live it.
I should say I don’t believe Weight Watchers is the only program that works. I truly believe most reputable ones do IF (notice that’s a BIG IF) you follow them and are able to for a lifetime. I guess that’s why Weight Watchers went with their new ad campaign. It makes sense to me.
Speaking of me (oh I used that transition already – Didn’t I?), I have been in the zone for the past 2 days, food journaling, working out, getting things done! With all the site updates I’ve been making it’s been hard for me to post my daily menu. I did update my Goals, my Weight Progress, and my Workout Progress. I also recorded a new video post, Cutting Sweet Potato Fries and posted one of my favorite butternut squash recipes, Butternut Carrot Chicken Soup/Stew. But fear NOT, daily menus will return tomorrow!