Sunday, October 14, 2012

Making it work

I must admit I have found it hard to make everything work the way I would like it to. I tend to throw my all into something and then realise that I have overcommitted and then nothing happens. The same thing happened with my last round of 12WBT. I so wanted it to work, I was all organised and I joined the gym and organised all my recipes. It just didn’t work though. I was spending my entire day just trying to get to the gym and cook food. I got grumpy with the kids if they interrupted my workout at home(as the gym didn’t work as they hated the crèche, the 40min drive there didn’t help either). My husband wasn’t keen on the food and my kids wouldn’t touch most of it.

So, I went back to Weight Watchers. I am not sure if I have shared my weight loss journey on here before but here it is now. With each of my pregnancies I gained over 20kg. Baby weight is what I called it but really it was ‘I ate too much crap’ weight. I am an emotional eater, I eat when bored and I eat when I am upset and when there is something to celebrate I want to celebrate with food! I reward myself with food too. I have never been hugely overweight so many people probably don’t see my struggle as I manage to not gain too much but it is a daily battle of eating too much and then making up for it by not eating or going on silly fad diets. I am very thankful that I grew up with a mother who fed us lots of healthy food and I love vegies and salads and lots of good food. I hate to think how big I would be if I was more drawn to junk foods. Don’t get me wrong I eat these foods on occasion too but give me the choice of a McDonalds burger and a gourmet salad I would take the salad!

After I had my third child I was desperate to loose weight. I was officially overweight and I felt so uncomfortable and hated how I looked in everything. I had tried to convince myself that it was ok. That you can’t expect to be the same weight after kids as you were before. I ended up attending my first weight watchers meeting when my littlest was 6 months old and I was so glad that I did! Over a period of about 4-5 months I lost 12kg and not only was I at my pre-pregnancy weight I was at my wedding weight. It wasn’t hard, in fact it was easy! I felt so great!

Over a period of a year I gained 6kg of this back. I was slack and stopped following the WW guidelines and of course as a result I gained it back. I have spent the last year trying to get it back off as I didn’t really want to go back to WW meetings. Not because they didn’t work but because the new meeting leader was rude and would often say things in the meeting about the children being noisy…I felt very unwelcome and stopped going.

A friend messaged me a few weeks ago and said that she was thinking about going back as she too was not having much luck in shifting the weight she wanted to and WW had worked for her before too. So I thought I would go along too. The meeting now had a new leader, she is great! Totally fine with the kids there and she has this way for bringing the whole group together to encourage each other, she is very good at what she does. So over my first 2 weeks I lost 1.8kg and I am thrilled! It works for me and I don’t find it hard. I need to be organised with planning all my meals and I would like to start bringing in some exercise this week too but I am making it work for me at my own pace.

I want to post my progress on this blog again. Maybe add my meal plans and the occasional recipe too. I hope you will stick around and maybe find something here to help you make it work for you too

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