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TracyK?? About W.W.?? (post #57141)

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How are you doing on Weight Watchers???  Is it hard to stay on??  I'm thinking of joining.  I feel terrible...I absolutely need to go to a meeting because I'm just not accountable on my own!!  I'm frustrated!!  Any good advice??  Recipe recommendations??  I want to cook once a week and help my daughter to go on it, too.

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

annieqst's picture

(post #57141, reply #1 of 18)

Not Tracy and never used WW, but wanted to let you know a friend is on it and she's lost over 40 lbs. She said initially counting points was difficult, but now it's second nature when she looks at food or plans menus. Last night she said she finally realized she can never eat like she used to. She was a bit wistful, but she looks and feels so good—and gets so many compliments—that it's worth it. (Same success story for my BIL.) Good luck with your endeavor!

chiquiNO's picture

(post #57141, reply #3 of 18)

Oh Annie, Thanks for the encouragement.


My sister told me about a friend's husband who used to come to my home for holiday meals until I moved.  He was huge and now he is slim and handsome!!!  He told her he couldn't have done it without going to the meetings.


Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

MadMom's picture

(post #57141, reply #2 of 18)

Chiqui, I have tried WW (I'm a life member), Jenny Craig, and a million other things you have probably never heard of.  The key to success with any of them is to change the way you look at food.  I've lost weight on all of them, but just as quickly gained it back.  I'm really happy with the results I've had with Pam Anderson's new book, The Perfect Recipe for Eating Great and Losing Weight.  (You can see some of my efforts in the Cooks Talk Project Folder.)  I think one of the keys to her success was to look at the Why of gaining weight.  You might find some inspiration in reading at least the first few pages of her book.  Besides, the recipes (you know Pam, she doesn't really post recipes, just combinations which you can use to make a gazillion things) are good, and they would satisfy the creative urge to cook that we all feel.  Yes, we can eat a structured diet, but not forever, and the key to losing weight and to keeping it off is to change your eating habits...forever!  Whatever you choose, whether it's WW or Pam's book or something else, you need to change the way you look at food.  Otherwise, you might lose weight, but you'll gain that back plus more.



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chiquiNO's picture

(post #57141, reply #4 of 18)

You're so right!!  I'll take a look at Pam's book, too but I KNOW I need the meetings to gert started!!

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

soupereasy's picture

(post #57141, reply #11 of 18)

Don't know about WW but worked with a bariatric doc for years. I found that people really responded to the 1 on 1.


Intellectually we all know how to lose weight. Sometimes we need a support system.

chiquiNO's picture

(post #57141, reply #12 of 18)

I totally agree!!

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

chiquiNO's picture

(post #57141, reply #13 of 18)

Hey girl!!  Where are you???  I see you've signed in...can't you see this??? LOL


Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans


Edited 5/17/2008 10:43 pm by chiquiNO

 

Quilter's picture

(post #57141, reply #5 of 18)

I'm a lifetime member of Weight Watchers too, and I'd recommend it to anyone who wanted to loose some weight.  I lost about 40 pounds on it almost 30 years ago, and of course some of the weight has slowly come back on.  I have a friend who lost over 100 pounds on it, and she's kept most of it off for over two years.  Put her blood pressure back down into the normal range, too. The thing is, you have to be really determined that you want to loose the weight, otherwise, it just won't work.  I had to get to a certain place in my own head before I took it seriously. I've managed over the past four years to maintain my weight, and I've realized that I've become really conscious of everything I put in my mouth.  I really watch portion size, because it's so easy to overeat.   I'd say join and attend the meetings (they really help).  I mean, what have you got to loose by giving it a try? ;-)

chiquiNO's picture

(post #57141, reply #6 of 18)

Thanks, Q.  I guess I've alredy made up my mind.  I've been so depressed lately and I think this would help.  I'm ready to get healthy...was just looking for some tips from experienced WW attendants!!

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

Jean's picture

(post #57141, reply #7 of 18)

What strikes me about the photos that MM has posted is the size of the portions. If  you eat the portions shown and no more you should lose weight over the long haul.  I think that most of us simply over-indulge.





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Marcia's picture

(post #57141, reply #8 of 18)

Good luck, Chiqui.

I've no personal experience with WW, but a good friend went years ago and lost however much weight she needed to. She has maintained her weight loss using the WW point system as well as cutting back on carbs.

Jean just posted about portion control, and I know that is one thing they stress at WW. Jean has a very good point, too.

chiquiNO's picture

(post #57141, reply #9 of 18)

Portion control is not a problem for me...it's eating three well balanced meals a day without too many carbs.....no easy for a Southern gal!! LOL

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

Marcia's picture

(post #57141, reply #10 of 18)

I can surely relate to THAT!

teebee's picture

(post #57141, reply #14 of 18)

I started WW about 6 weeks ago.  I resisted for so long becaue I didn't want to be told what to eat, or try to be sold prepackaged "weight loss" stuff.  I have been, for the most part, pleasantly surprised.  I have lost 11 pounds (my goal is 20 lbs) so far.


WW does have prepackaged stuff, and I have gotten a little of it, but it's really not a hard sell.  I probably won't buy anymore, but I can see where people who don't have a lot of time, or don't like to cook, would buy it.  The biggest thing I have learned is portion control, and to think before I eat.  For example, one day I was craving something sweet, but I didn't know what.  I started looking around to see what I had, and realized that I was craving pineapple (not cookies or chocolate).  I also am very careful about breakfast and lunch and snacks, but at dinner I eat whatever I am cooking for my family, but I watch the portion sizes.


I commented to my WW leader that the first three weeks I was religious about recording my points, but not so the past three weeks.  I have, however, gotten into the habit of stopping and asking myself, "Do I really want to eat this?"  Sometimes the answer is "yes I do," but most of the time, I don't. 


Also, when I do have a bad day, or a more of something than I should, I don't just give up.  I get back on track at the next meal.  Overall, I have had a pretty good experience with WW.  I also bought Pam Anderson's "Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight."  I would have to say that her "story" has been more helpful than the recipes (I've made a few things).  Good luck with your endeavor!  Let us know how it goes!

MadMom's picture

(post #57141, reply #15 of 18)

Good luck with WW, and glad you also bought Pam's book.  As I've said ad nauseum, the key to weight loss and keeping it off is to modify your behavior.  If WW helps you do that, that's great.  I know I found the motivation of knowing I was going to a meeting helped a lot, but when I went there was no point system and no real mention of portion control...unless you bought the food or used their recipes, you were pretty much on your own.  I know it's changed a lot since then.



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chiquiNO's picture

(post #57141, reply #16 of 18)

Thanks so much for sharing!!!  It really DOES help!  I'm trying to find a nearby meeting so I can start this week.  Will let you know how it goes!!  Thanks, again.  Best wishes for you to keep up the great job you're doing with the program!

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

TracyK's picture

(post #57141, reply #17 of 18)

Hey Chiqui -- Sorry, I've been out of town and super busy with a lot of things the last couple days, so I've only popped in here for a little bit at a time!


I am not currently doing WW, and I really need to get myself back on track so that I don't completely undo all the work I've put in. Because I do find that I lose weight fairly easily on the program, without feeling hungry or deprived.


Portion control is probably the most important thing, plus as MM said, changing the way you think about food.


And no, you will never be able to go back to eating whatever you want, whenever you want, and as much as you want... but it's that kind of behavior with food that got us all to WW in the first place, so it doesn't end up being something you really want to go back to. I usually feel so much better when I'm eating reasonably.


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chiquiNO's picture

(post #57141, reply #18 of 18)

Thanks, Tracy....I know what I need to do...I feel like I really need the meetings to have that accountability!!  What I do know about WW is that you don't go hungry and you eat a lot of veggies & fruit.  I NEED that dicipline!!


 


Thanks, again....and don't work too hard!!


Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans