There's something I haven't been telling you and now I'm ready to spill it all...I've been doing Weight Watchers for over a month. I participate online -- I'm not the kind of person who does well with meetings. It's has been a successful enterprise for me and I've actually enjoyed keeping track of my points and activity at my bookmarked site. Maggie's sharing about Weight Watchers has encouraged me to write about it. I hadn't admitted this to anyone -- including my family and friends. Maybe I was afraid of failing. But now I'm ready...
I'd considered other programs but it gets down to this:
1) This just cannot be for the short-run -- this has to be something I can do for the rest of my life. Programs that provide the food are not realistic for me. I've known people who have lost 50 pounds quickly on one of these diets, and within a few months have gained it ALL back, plus more. Additionally, programs that push all proteins and no carbs are ones at which I am bound to fail.
2) Whatever I do must be healthy and Weight Watchers is that.
3) Any weight loss has to be gradual enough that my skin won't hang from my body. I was watching an episode of "The Biggest Loser" and while I marvel at the weight losses many experienced, their determination, and spirit, I noticed that some of them had skin hanging from their arms. The two in particular that suffered this were contestants who had lost 80 and 101 pounds, respectively, in 14 weeks. I think it's great to see results, but I also think it would kill me emotionally to gain everything I'd lost back and that's exactly what would happen to me if I lost it all that fast. From all I've learned about nutrition, I know that weight loss such as this is not healthy for the heart. It can lead to various arrhythmia and sometimes organ failure.
I figure it will take me almost two years to lose what I want. I haven't been hungry and find myself making cognizant choices. People are starting to notice the weight loss and that's encouraging me even more.