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Old 05-30-2013, 08:56 PM   #2191
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Hey everyone!

I haven't checked in for a while now. I have been on WW for 2 yrs now. Last Sept I got down to 46 lbs weight lost, with 14 lbs to lose to goal. Since Christmas I have gained 8 lbs. It's now June and I can't lose it. I'm to the point on wanting pizza, cakes, ice cream and brownies all the time. I just want to OD on all the bad stuff. I have ran two 5Ks so far this year with my goal of running 4 this year. My time is the same as the last one I ran in October.

I have come too far to give up. Has anyone else gone through this before, if so did you switch to a new program?
How are you following the program? Do you allow yourself treats or are you so strict you end up with cravings? Do you eat only daily points or do you allow yourself the weekly and/or activity points? Do you get your good health guidelines in each day? Do you weigh or measure everything and track everything?

I know that when I blame the program and quit, I regret it. And later realize it wasn't the program, but me, that was to blame.



I was at the Y while writing that. Editing to add.... I ask those questions because if you were doing it one way before, and it has been causing these needs for lots of higher points foods, maybe there's another way to do it. For me, since I eat all the points that are coming to me, I have room for my desserts, which I seem to truly need. If I don't have my treats, I start getting REALLY cravey, and that does not help my situation. I can only talk myself out of the fridge for so many days or hours, and then I'm going to do some damage. So I include treats, I plan them out. One day there was a particularly pointy thing I had planned for dessert, so I pre-tracked it before I even had breakfast, to make SURE I could have it.

The GHGs are so important for feeling full, especially the oils. I'm not sure that I notice a change in weight with the oils, but hair and nails look a whole lot better when I do. I'm not a dairy fan (though I'm a dairy addict), and it's a total fallacy that we get ANY calcium from it (which is why Americans drink so much dairy and are getting more and more osteoporosis), BUT they do ADD other nutrients to things like milk, and those added things are good for us. If I could break my addiction I would just make sure to get those things elsewhere, and leave the dairy behind. (I already get calcium from lots of other places so I don't worry about the lack of calcium I'm absorbing from the dairy...I do NOT do soymilk, as I get enough soy elsewhere and don't want more) So making sure I'm getting the protein and the D and the choline and whatnot is important for my nutrition and sense of satisfaction.

I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, and I would never, will never, count a point for them (if I made an apple pie I would count everything in it except for the apples...same with a homemade carrot cake...that's not actually WW's stance on those two things, because they say we can lose control of things like that...but that's what *counting points* is for, LOL). BUT I track them, so I know how many servings of them I'm getting. Right now I'm absolutely obsessed with this frozen cherries and berries thing at Trader Joes; I'm putting them in everything. And I track the amount I'm eating, even if they are zero points. I have to know what I'm doing. That way if I ever go for 6+ weeks without losing a single ounce, doing absolutely everything else right, and the ONLY thing I'm doing "wrong" is getting way over the 5 servings that are the minimum, I know where to look first.

So rather than changing programs, I would say to look at how you've been following THIS program, and see if there are ways to perfect what you've been doing. I weigh my salad dressing; put the plate on the scale, zero it out, pour out my 30 grams or 45 or 60, whatever I'm using that night. I weigh everything that has a grams or ounces measurement on the package...I *measure* my olive oil and almost always the dairy milk (though I've found that with skim, the weight is actually about the same as the fluid ounces on the package...if it were whole milk that likely wouldn't work), and that's about all I use a measuring spoon/cup/whatever for. Oh, and my half&half for my coffee. And my sugar for my coffee. And that's all I can think of.

So I would tighten things up, or just look to see if there are areas that you can tighten up, and go from there.


The thing you don't want to do is simply quit. You likely know what will happen if you quit. DH and I were talking about our losses tonight, and I was empathizing with how long it's taking for him (he's a naturally slow loser, and it's been made worse by this pituitary tumor he's been dealing with for a few years now), and I was telling him that if he quit, probably our leader would simply die (she loves him) and half the class would think seriously about quitting themselves. But he doesn't want to quit, because he KNOWS what would happen. As I said to him, with us, I would refind my 220.8 quickly and probably meet 250, and he would probably find out what 400 feels like (which would be an all time high for him). No one wants that, so...quitting isn't an option for us.

I wish you the best of luck, and hope you had nourishment while reading my ridiculously long post.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:47 PM   #2192
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Congratulations everyone! It's so nice to come to such a happy supportive thread.

How was everyone's day? I ate five points over, but that's what those 49 points are for, right?

I'm having a hard time drinking water. I hate to drink anything. I know it's strange, and probably a defining factor to my weight problems. So what are your water consumption strategies? Do you sip constantly through the day? Down two glasses with each meal? A glass an hour? I really need help with this. Even a glass of water makes me feel bloated and yucky.
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:12 AM   #2193
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I will come back to pour over this thread as I have been mulling over joining WW. Hope everyone is having a great day!
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:27 PM   #2194
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Yes! Actually 118...I guess I should update that thing! lol

I have been on this once in a lifetime trip and I wanted to eat things I might not get a chance to try again. I usually do really great on vacation and I know I will again. I've even lost weight at Disneyland! The important thing is to not let a setback (I actually wouldn't call it that. It was intentional, and as "bad" as I was I still counted points.) determine your future success. Get right back on that horse and keep going!

I have been an online member for 16 months this time, but this is my third go-round, and the first time I've reached goal. So glad you joined us! I hope you will keep coming back! Let us know if you have questions or anything. Everyone is really helpful in here!
Wow, 118 pounds, that is wonderful! That's about how much I'd like to end up weighing, so you've lost a "whole person!" That is awesome!!

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Well, I will join in the fun here...

This is my third time on Weight Watchers... The first time I was about 200 pounds... I joined in January of 2009, by July of 2009 I was down to my goal of 130 and a lifetime member. I maintained until September when, surprise! I got pregnant. I actually maintained the healthy lifestyle through the pregnancy... Up until the end... And gained about 35 pounds. After I lost 7 pounds, 8 ounces (ha ha!), I went back on the program, going back down to goal in a few months. I maintained again for about 2 years with no issue and actually joined the staff...

Then I started a food blog...

So now I find myself with a spare 40 again and training for the Wine and Dine, so it looks like it's time to go back on plan hardcore for awhile. I've been on the wagon for a week, so far I'm down to 164.1 (about 5 pounds) and happy as a clam. Hopefully I will restart my meetings in mid-June (stupid as it sounds, I'd like to lose some more weight before I go back), and I will go back to kicking some major booty.

I'm more-or-less tracking my progress on Instagram, so feel free to look me up... I'm "JerushaGirl"... And I look forward to checking in here too.
You talking about your pregnancy and losing weight, reminds me of how I have always used my son as my "excuse" for being overweight. I weighed 117 when I got pregnant, gained 40 pounds and have been battling it ever since. But...he's 37 years old so how long can I keep using him as my excuse?

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Congratulations everyone! It's so nice to come to such a happy supportive thread.

How was everyone's day? I ate five points over, but that's what those 49 points are for, right?

I'm having a hard time drinking water. I hate to drink anything. I know it's strange, and probably a defining factor to my weight problems. So what are your water consumption strategies? Do you sip constantly through the day? Down two glasses with each meal? A glass an hour? I really need help with this. Even a glass of water makes me feel bloated and yucky.
I love those extra 49 weekly points, and the points gained from exercising too. So far I have rarely gone over my 26 daily points, but it's nice to know those extra points are available if I want to use them.

About the water, I rarely drink plain water. If I do, I like having a slice of lemon with it. My drink of choice is sparkling water, and I do like adding the Crystal Lite flavoring to water too (Mojito, Margarita and Appletini are my favorites).

Hope everyone has a great day today. I'm off soon to go to my two younger grandsons' 2nd grade graduation (the highest class in the school, next year they will go to another school for 3rd grade). I ate an early lunch, so will probably have a small salad when I get home. Bye for now.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:34 PM   #2195
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I have been an online member for 16 months this time, but this is my third go-round, and the first time I've reached goal. So glad you joined us! I hope you will keep coming back! Let us know if you have questions or anything. Everyone is really helpful in here!
What is the WW online policy for people at goal? Do you still have to pay? I know that Lifetime Members at the meetings now get eTools for free as long as they check in at goal every month.
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What is the WW online policy for people at goal? Do you still have to pay? I know that Lifetime Members at the meetings now get eTools for free as long as they check in at goal every month.
Yes, you still have to pay. The only way to get around that is if you join the meetings before you reach goal. Then you go weigh in at meetings and get your meetings and etools for free after you reach lifetime.
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Today was horrible I didn't even journal. I'm just going to assume I ate allmy weekly points and get back on track tomorrow.
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Today was horrible I didn't even journal. I'm just going to assume I ate allmy weekly points and get back on track tomorrow.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:34 AM   #2199
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Sometimes that happens, Freesia. I have to say, most weeks I have one day when I eat the majority of my weeklies (Friday!!) and my rationale is it keeps my body from going into "starvation" mode so I don't plateau. Hang in there, and change what you can--the rest of the week.
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Yes, you still have to pay. The only way to get around that is if you join the meetings before you reach goal. Then you go weigh in at meetings and get your meetings and etools for free after you reach lifetime.
Thanks for that info, Keahgirl. I have been wondering about that too, I hope the policy is the same in Canada. I reached lifetime before, and stopped attending meetings (and here I am...). I really like and use the etools, so if I know I can keep using them for free if I get my butt to meetings, I will be more likely to do so. So, that's motivating. I will check it out for Canada once I am closer! (I am still not even half way there, got another six lbs or so to "halfway" to goal, but I am pleased to be that far.)
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Coast girl: are you in van?


It's funny, someone posted that they pig out on ovulation day. I just looked at my calendar and bingo! Now ill be able to psyche myself up next month and try to fix the urge up binge. I've learned do much on this thread!!
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It's funny, someone posted that they pig out on ovulation day. I just looked at my calendar and bingo! Now ill be able to psyche myself up next month and try to fix the urge up binge. I've learned do much on this thread!!
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Yep, powerful to know what's going on with our bodies. Good to know what's going on, as you say then you can plan ahead!
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I'm having a hard time drinking water. I hate to drink anything. I know it's strange, and probably a defining factor to my weight problems. So what are your water consumption strategies? Do you sip constantly through the day? Down two glasses with each meal? A glass an hour? I really need help with this. Even a glass of water makes me feel bloated and yucky.
Drinking water is a matter of discipline at first, but then over time you will find you want the water bottle with you all the time. I have one hard and fast rule -- when I go to the bathroom at home, I always follow that trip with a glass of water. Output ---> Input Plus I keep a glass right next to the sink in the kitchen -- Do you realize how many times you stand at the kitchen sink? Every time I'm there, I drink. My goal is to refill that glass four times a day. Plus I sit water beside me when I'm on the computer or watching TV.

I don't know how much I actually drink in a day but I have one goal -- no yellow urine (TMI????). If it is yellow, then I know I am not drinking enough!
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Sometimes that happens, Freesia. I have to say, most weeks I have one day when I eat the majority of my weeklies (Friday!!) and my rationale is it keeps my body from going into "starvation" mode so I don't plateau. Hang in there, and change what you can--the rest of the week.
EXACTLY THAT! I have one day each week (happened to be yesterday this week) when I eat heartily. I don't have a day like this around the house. It is when dh and I go out for lunch or we are invited to something special.

Yesterday we met my parents, my sister and her family and several others at a place called Friendly Farm in Maryland. (We all drove at least an hour to get there, coming from different directions. My parents were in town for a high school reunion.) As I said there, I didn't drive 90 minutes to eat vegetables. I had two crab cakes and all the other stuff they serve before and during the meal, including four (yes I counted them and tracked them) of those fried biscuits rolled in sugar like you get at a Chinese restaurant. My total points yesterday was 59. But as long as this is a once-in-a-while event and not a daily occurrence, it's ok. And I do think my body likes it.

I've been off-track since a trip to see my parents two weeks ago, but was back on track since Wednesday (lost three of those gained 4.8) and got right back on track today. Once in a while it is good to tell our bodies we aren't in starvation mode!
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:54 PM   #2205
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Hi, all. I'd like to join your group - I can use all the support I can get. I've been doing Weight Watchers since last January, and so far I've lost 56 pounds (I have another 45.5 to go to reach goal). I've been kind of at a standstill since mid-December, though, fighting the same 2 pounds, either up or down, each week.

I've tried increasing my activity, but that didn't make much difference. Since I started, I haven't used my 49 because I tend to gain when I do. 2 weeks ago, though, I decided to change it up by doing Simply Filling part of the week and allowing myself the 49 weeklies. I lost 2 lbs. the first week, 0.5 the second. I was sick the second week and not exercising much, so that may explain the 0.5, but regardless, I'm glad for 0.5 instead of a gain.

I really like the Simply Filling technique. There's a lot more variety of food that you can eat on the plan than I thought, and I've been much more in tune with my hunger signals. I like that I can switch back and forth between Simply Filling and tracking, too.

Is anyone else here doing Simply Filling? I'd love to hear about your experiences.
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