Friday, June 26, 2015

Watching my Weight...the UPS and downs.

Maintaining the Weight Watchers goal weight has proved to be a challenge...
my weight is on an upswing and I am not happy about it at all.

My weight fluctuates a bit each time I step on the might be the time of day or what I'm wearing or if I have just eaten a big meal or skipped a walk.
I weigh myself regularly and I try to be mindful about what I drink and eat.
I need to be accountable to ensure that my weight does not get out of control.
Weight Watchers helps to keep me motivated...and it's discipline that helps me stay on track.

Since returning from Paris I have neglected to go to a meeting or to weigh in....

Life is full of tasty temptations!
I don't like to be too obsessive and avoid everything that is offered to me.

I need to remind myself of the rules.

There are many strategies that come in handy when dining out.
~ choosing low point foods during the day so a splurge at dinner time is within the WW range
~ eating a small snack to ward off hunger pangs when you know that dinner out will be late
 it's difficult avoiding the bread baskets when you are ravenous!
~ you may even amp up your exercise in anticipation of a colossal caloric encounter
~ order dessert and share it...take a few bites and savour the flavour
~ my husband often orders fries which I LOVE so I'll sample a few of his instead of ordering my own
~ develop a love for colourful salads and add some lean protein on the side
~ ask to have the dressing served on the side
~ if you know where you are going to be dining go online and check to see if their menu has          nutritional information on their website so that you can determine which options would be best
~ opt for baked, broiled or grilled over battered and deep fried foods
~ put your knife and fork down often and chat over dinner
~ avoid over eating...take home leftovers for lunch the next day
~ if you really want to indulge, do so and then get right back on track the next day!

I try to eat simple and healthy meals.

Island grown strawberries and plain yogurt.

To start my day I often opt for fresh fruit and yogurt.
Danone make a low point count one with Stevia as the sweetener...
Weight Watchers logo and point count is stamped on the tub.

Silver Hills Little Big Bread makes a great WW friendly base for a sandwich.

I have loaded this bread with grainy Dijon mustard, a slice of cheese, lettuce and pickle slices.
Some days I opt for tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts and slices of lean chicken or turkey.
I find these sandwiches satisfy and I rarely feel hungry before dinner time.

On days when I do experience hunger pangs I will snack on an apple with two wedges of Laughing Cow low fat cheese or a few carrots and celery sticks with a couple of tablespoons of hummus.

Dinner usually consists of lean meat, vegetables and a salad.

I rarely eat potato chips or other salty snacks.
Cookies and cakes are a rare treat.
Chocolate, however, is eaten in moderation and enjoyed immensely!

One thing that keeps me on track are my walks.
Walking = exercise.
We live so close to the ocean and the scenery is beautiful 
so it makes my job of getting out the door and "just doing it" much easier.

Walking with a friend or my spouse is enjoyable as we chat while we walk.
When I am on my own I seek out the beautiful details along the way.

Losing weight and keeping it off is not easy.
The rewards ARE worth the effort.
Less hip and joint pain have been an unexpected bonus.
I feel more confident in my appearance and my doctor and I are both happy that I no longer require high blood pressure medication.

I could not have lost the 30 + pounds if I had not taken a leap and joined Weight Watchers.
I went alone because no one I knew was interested in going...
most of my friends are slim and trim and keep active and are fit.

I met a wonderful and supportive group of women leaders and "losers" and we all attended the meetings with the same goals in mind.

If you are struggling while trying to lose weight on your own and need some help
 I'd suggest you attend one of the WW meetings...
you'll find out how easy the program is and the only thing you need to do is follow the rules...
and in time you'll succeed.
It took me the better part of a year to get to my weight goal.

It's time for me to get on track again and go back!

"Anything worth doing is worth doing well."

~ Hunter S Thompson ~

Hope you have a great weekend!


  1. It really is a constant focus, managing one's weight. I know you can do it, and I also know it's really hard, and you should avail yourself of every bit of support possible.

    1. I know I need the support of the meetings and the weigh ins to keep me on track...otherwise I let things slide...

  2. Your focus and determination has been inspirational. I am going to channel your enthusiasm to get back to my walking regularly. It is good for the body and soul. Thanks for the great tips. Have a great weekend.

  3. Sometimes we slide and then we have to just make that mental adjustment to get back on track. I hope you enjoy this beautiful weekend!

  4. L, I am now the regular leader at the Thursday meeting at Cook Street - I would love to see you there! :-)

    Going to the meetings is a key part of keeping yourself motivated and inspired - and you can inspire others as well! I'm so proud of you for doing this - stay focused and I know you will succeed!


    1. I'll send you an email Sheila...this is great news!

  5. I would only weight yourself at the same time of day ...early morning is best. At least this is what I have read.hang in there,....

  6. You can do it. I just came back from my final class of Ageless Pursuits and Monsieur and I went to Burgoo for lunch. I had a salmon salad and white wine but no Ponderosa cake at the break. Measuring the food and eating mostly vegetables and fish is not that difficult. Sheila is right about going to meetings. My walking and drinking less wine during my Oaxaca stay brought my BP right down.We will be healthier if we can keep the numbers down.

  7. Yes Hostess, get back to those meetings. When I lost about the same as you or a little more, I promised myself that I would stay for the meeting and that I owed it to myself. It’s so easy to lose focus and get back into old habits and meetings are a way of reminding ourselves. Also, I always felt that I could help others to believe that could do it, sort of like we were a big team. I also ‘shopped’ around to find a meeting and leader that I was happy with. I found photos of my not so slim self helped to motivate me not to go backwards! The rewards are definitely worth it. I have hardly any hip pain now and feel/look so much fitter. Go girl! Tonkath

    1. Thank you Tonkath...I'm getting back on track and will be attending a meeting this week!

  8. I'm just working my weight back to where I like it best as well. It's too easy to fool myself on holiday and away from the regular schedule. I've also found WW a good way to get some healthy habits in place, and although I've maintained for the last year and a half without the meetings, the scales last month showed me that I need some reinforcements. . . your summary here is helpful, thanks! (I still think you'd make a really good WW leader yourself)

  9. Oh boy. Those few extra pounds are a nightmare for me too. So easy to gain and so much harder to get rid of as I get older. I like to walk too. I also love yoga, but I've never tried weight watchers. It must be nice to share on a weekly basis and have a set value for food. I usually just mentally add up the calories. It's a good thing that we live in such beautiful, walkable places. Van Isle is amazing, so is my North Van. Tomorrow I'm off to England and get to walk beside the Thames every day, all summer. :D

    1. Your walks along the Seine will be beautiful...I hope you'll share them with your blog readers!

  10. I have lost weight but would like to lose 6kg more. I have 'plateaued" and it is quite frustrating. I always enjoy your posts & find them quite inspirational. I especially enjoy ones like today when you give your readers simple food ideas.
    Thank you. Linda C.

  11. I find the effort of losing weight and then maintaining the loss so discouraging. It takes such effort to lose a pound or two which can return for no apparent reason. Leslie I know you are looking for support and inspiration - I'm looking to you to get me started. Was it the WW diet or the meeting support that helped you most?

    1. The meetings are what made the difference for me and being accountable with the weekly weigh ins...I'd actually go to the meetings as opposed to just the online programme but that was my personal choice and it worked for me and so I am off to a meeting again this week!