(Originally posted 11/01/08)
Despite my trepidation about going to classes about dieting (ugh!) and weighing in every week and paying to have somebody tell me I need to lose weight, my wife and I started Weight Watchers on June 25, 2008.
It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be and I actually learned a few dieting tips. The program allows you to eat anything you want as long as you count the points and don’t go over your allotted amount of points. It was easy to figure out and I don’t think I ever got hungry — just ate healthier food.
The great part was that when I went for the weigh-in the next week I had lost 3.6 pounds! Of course that hooked me and I lost an average of about 2 pounds a week every week for the first 13 weeks! I gained .4 pounds the 14th week but no biggy — I lost 1.8 the following week. As I write this it’s November 1, 2008, just four months after I started Weight Watchers. I’ve now lost a total of 32.4 pounds and last week became a Lifetime Member, which means I don’t have to pay anymore unless I go 2 pounds over my “goal weight.” My goal weight was 167, which was 25 pounds lighter than my starting weight, and I’m at 159.8 right now so I’ve got some breathing room. I can take it a little easier on the diet now, but I think I’ve learned enough good habits to keep the weight off permanently. I don’t mean for this to be a Weight Watchers commercial, but if you’ve tried to lose weight and weren’t able to, give it a shot.