Weight Watchers Day 10 - Message Boards

Weight Watchers Day 10 - Message Boards

 Today's Weight Watcher's Tips:

 * You’re not the only Weight Watchers member that will hit a plateau.

* Go on the Weight Watchers message boards. Reading the experiences of others can keep your spirit afloat.

* Swearing helps, too.

And now, here are the details of my 10th day on WW...

What I Weighed Today: 210 lbs. (8am)

Hitting a Plateau

Freak-out! I’m having a freak-out! The. Scale. Isn’t. Moving. I know that weighing yourself every day is probably not conducive to reasonable thought, but screw that—I want to know if the thing is working and if not I want to adjust. Even if I weren’t journaling with the intent of sharing, I would still weigh myself almost every day.  It’s just how I’m wired.  I don’t like surprises, so naturally I’ve turned this dislike into a borderline OCD compulsion. This is kind of bumming me out.  I need to be clear that although I am going over my points a little each day, I still have a large amount of weekly Flex Points to play with.

Monica: Chandler, you’re panicking!
Chandler: Uh huh! Join me, won’t you?
—Friends
  

What I Ate Today:
Breakfast:  Double Fiber Whole Grain english muffin, 1 Weight Watchers reduced fat cream cheese, 4 tablespoons Fat-Free Hazelnut + 1 tablespoon regular Hazelnut Creamer (in 5 cups of coffee) – 5 points
Lunch: 1Protein Smoothie (no soy milk)  – 4 points
Dinner: 3 Weight Watchers Chewy Oatmeal mini bars, 4 tablespoons Girard’s Light Champagne salad dressing, 1 ostrich stick, 1 bag Weight Watchers Multigrain Crisps, 1 bag Weight Watchers Garlic Parmesan Pretzel Crisps – 15 points
Snack(s): 5 mini pretzels, 1 whole wheat matzo board,  3 tablespoons Fat-Free Hazelnut + 1 tablespoon regular Hazelnut Creamer (in 3 cups of coffee) – 4 points

TOTAL POINTS: 28
Points Target: 26
Activity Points earned: 0

Weight Watchers Message Board

I was feeling really crappy and unmotivated. I went to the website and typed ‘Week Two’ in the WW search engine.  OMG!! Thank God for message boards (over 2,000 posts on this subject). The initial post was from a girl who lost 8.2 pounds her first week, then gained .4 pounds the second week.  Check out some of the responses to her angst:

"Sometimes if I have had a large (or small) loss that the next week I'll have a small (or large) gain."

"This is my 3rd time with WW, and I always either don't lose anything or maybe even gain during the second week, despite doing everything the same."

And what I thought was the best message board post on the subject:

"Now that I am eight weeks in, I realize that small losses as well as gains will happen. One change I made in week three was to add healthy oils and milk. In weeks one and two, I didn't want to use my points on those. When I added them, I lost 4.5 in week three. I have made other small changes since then, like adding more protein and eating less carbs. Hang in there! It will get better as you learn more about the program. One thing I can say is THIS WORKS!!!"

Look at all the places people can go for a laugh on the Internet. We used to have Dial-a-Joke. You’d pick up a phone, and for 50 cents you’d hear Don Rickles go, ‘What, are you lonely, hockey puck?’ Now you have all these lonely hockey pucks putting stuff on the Internet, and you don’t feel lonely anymore. – Billy Crystal

From the pit of my stomach I feel a little lift. Maybe it isn’t hopeless. It’s encouraging when you know your struggles are not strange or necessarily something you are doing "wrong." Now I can see that this may be a learning experience that I need to take note of.  Maybe I can use this spark to learn even more about the program and to tweak the program to work better with my body.

 Product Reviews:
* Weight Watchers Chewy Oatmeal mini bars – 1 point

My official 1-word rating on these snacks: “meh.” They are VERY sweet and there may be some folks for whom that is awesome.  For me I didn’t feel fulfilled after I ate them.  Don’t get me wrong, I ate 3 of them to be sure.  Dieting, no matter how easy, leaves you with an emotional need for sneaky-snack, sweet,& sinful items.  However, unlike the other WW mini bars I’ve tried, I didn’t want to eat the whole box and I wasn’t anticipating having the opportunity to indulge in these on another day.  It’s good in some respects, but the bad part is that I really, really, REALLY wanted to go out and get something else.  I wound up eating other non-sweet WW snacks(Multi-Grain crisps & Pretzel Crisps) to get satiated so I wouldn’t leave the house.  I will finish the box over time but will probably not buy these again.

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