This week marks exactly six months on Weight Watchers, and I’ve just about passed my half way point. I’ve lost twenty-seven pounds, and I’ve got twenty-five to go until I reach my goal.
From the start, I knew I was going to be in this for the long-haul. I’ve celebrated small losses, hoping to lose just a pound each week. They’ve really mounted up, and I feel proud that I’ve managed to reach the six-month-mark still on the wagon, with nearly a two stone loss.
Not to say I haven’t stumbled here and there, I have! April and May have been filled with birthdays for us, so there have been weeks where I’ve aimed to maintain, rather than expect a loss. Adjusting my own expectations according to what’s going on each week has been key to staying on track.
I’ve enjoyed birthday cake but reigned myself in on other days. While I firmly believe losing weight is just a case of eating less and moving more, I find a plan keeps me focused, and the Weight Watchers point system really does help. It gives me flexibility to enjoy a few treats, but also the discipline I need.
To mark six months, and coming this far, I’ve recently treated myself to a fitness tracker. Hopefully helping to refresh my enthusiasm, encouraging me to get out and about even more.
Realistically, I just can’t get to the gym, so walking is my main source of exercise. I’m aiming for at least 12,000 steps, hopefully surpassing that each day!
To keep things fresh where food is concerned, I’ve been trying out new recipes and snacks. The monthly Weight Watchers magazine is a great source of inspiration, and I’m always keeping my eye out for new low point treats to try.
Boka bars have been my favourite find for this month, only three smart points, but substantial in comparison to other cereal bars with the same value. So far Strawberry has been my favourite flavour, but the Chocolate Mallow bar is great for satisfying my Cadbury’s cravings.
I regularly remind myself exactly why I want to lose weight, and while it’s nice to have lost two dress sizes, it’s my health that is so much more important. There even be talk of another baby until I’ve met my goal weight, so whenever I feel like giving in, I remind myself why I must keep going! Focusing our long term plans really help to put my short-term cravings into perspective.
All in all, this last six months haven’t been a hardship. I haven’t felt like I’m on a restrictive ‘Diet’, and I’ve really enjoyed my food. More of the same for another six months feels achievable, hopefully spending New Year’s Eve raising a glass to meeting my goal.
I’ll keep you updated, and let you know how I get on over the next couple of months…