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Weight Watchers

12/16/2005

Yesterday I joined Weight Watchers. I know, I know...you thought the idea of having the MGB meant I'd just have the weight fall off, and I could eat anything I wanted and be skinny. No, it is a tool. A darned good tool, but still a tool. With it, I lost about 75 pounds. I haven't lost any for the past 2 months. I'd go down 3, up 2, down 2 up 4..and so it goes.

Christmas season is here, chocolates, cookies, snack foods, parties and lunches are everywhere. In the past 2 weeks, I've gained about 6 pounds. Some of my slacks are fitting too tight around my waist. Some of my shirts feel too tight around my midriff. RED ALERT!

When I first had the surgery, I was religious about eating every 2 to 3 hours. I ate tiny portions, and I concentrated on healthy snacks and meals. I had light (low sugar, not low fat) yogurt a few times a day. I ate fresh fruit. I kept a big jar of nuts at my desk. Slowly, I got too relaxed about that, as I was able to eat more regular food. I stopped packing my lunch and snacks. I started going to McDonalds for lunch. I could only eat a few bites of the burger and a few fries, so how bad could it be? It was bad because it was too fatty and not eating the whole thing meant I didn't get enough protein. I stopped packing my yogurt and started hitting the vending machines. Bad, bad.

I decided to go to WW so that I could get focused on eating good stuff again. I pack lunch and snacks again. Will I be perfect? Heck, no! I am human, I like sweets, but this will have me eating more protein, more fruit, more dairy, more of the core foods we need. I will lose the extra weight I have gained pretty fast, I think. Then to get that last 25 pounds behind me in time for spring.

And now I know that we have to eat right to be healthy and THIN. The MGB is a tool. Nutrition is still important. I am usually organized, so writing things down helps me and I feel comfortable using those tools. I will use the diary to plan meals and shopping lists. I have come so far, I just need to work to get the last bunch off. Better to do that than to have to fight to keep weight on. Maybe if Dr Dasher had made my by-pass 6 inches longer.....but it isn't an exact science and I don't mind doing a little work. So much easier to lose 25 or 30 pounds than 100! And now I feel like exercising, which will help, too.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and please pass the candy...to somebody else!

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