Barrier Breakers – Part II

My last post was about my Fitness A-Ha moment and about breaking the fitness barriers that prevent us from becoming fit. While fitness is a key component to overall health and well-being, nutrition is a factor that is just as important.  So, this post is about my Nutrition A-Ha moment.

First, I should give you a little history. I have a job that frequently requires lunch meetings. Some of these meetings are luncheons that I organize and select the menu and others are those that I attend and am at the mercy of the menu selected for me. It is hard to make healthy choices when you are faced with eating out 3-4 days each week. I know that sounds like an excuse and that is because that is exactly what it is and now I will tell you how I overcame that excuse in my A-Ha moment which came in 2008.

About a year after the birth of my second child, my mom decided to sign up for Weight Watchers and came to visit me the day after her first meeting. She brought all the booklets, Point Counters, and materials with her. I really wanted to see my mom succeed with Weight Watchers, so I told her that I would keep track of my points along with her.

Now, I hadn’t been weighing myself on a regular basis, so when I got on the scale to record my “starting weight” I was shocked to find that I still weighed 15 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight.  The timing was perfect for me to team up with my mom and count Points!

My first day keeping track was a disaster! I had a lunch meeting in which pizza was the main (and only) course. I had my usual two pieces of thick crusted, meat topped (likely supreme) pizza. Now, I can’t remember the rest of the meals for that day 6 years ago, but I do remember looking up the Points value of pizza at the end of that first day and realizing that I ate nearly my entire allotment of Points in a single sitting. It was time to seriously rethink my portions and my choices. I could still have the pizza, but maybe stop at one piece and supplement it with a side salad. I also got in the habit of bringing fruit with me to work so that I wasn’t starving by the time the meeting started, making only one slice of pizza at lunch sufficient. I stopped eating before I was full and I watched my desserts (I am a HUGE dessert fan).

After about 3 months, I lost 14 pounds. Now I know that sounds like a lot to lose in such a short amount of time, but seriously, at the risk of it sounding cliche, the weight just melted off. I maintained my current fitness routine of running around 3 miles most days of the week and doing workout DVDs or YouTube workout videos on the other days.

I no longer count points, but I have been able to maintain a healthy weight now for 6 years. What Weight Watchers did for me was open my eyes to healthier choices. While you’re allotted a set number of Points per day, in order to maximize the Points and not starve each day, it is important to pay attention to food choices.

Now, this post is not a commercial for Weight Watchers and I know the program can be detrimental to some diets and it is not necessarily the favorite of dietitians. But it does force you to read labels and think about what you eat before you eat it and that IS a good thing.

Until Next Time,

*all opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated for this post

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