Weight Watchers (again)

To say this has been a disastrous and stressful couple of months in my life would be putting it mildly. I am sure the absence from here has given a clear indication of that.

This long Easter weekend made me ponder about my life, what’s working, what isn’t and the fact that I’ve gained back half of the weight I took off with Dr. Rensburg. And the three I took off at my last 5-week stint with him.

Clearly the Rensburg way is not working for me like it did last time.  This is due to a number of factors, but the main one being it’s just too strict and I cannot deal with such austerity when I have client lunches and dinners at least twice a week.  Now I know that sounds like a poor excuse, but I just can’t do it at the moment.

So this weekend I turned to the other program that’s worked for me in the past.  Weight Watchers online. When I lived in New York I used the first iteration of the online version (2001) to lose around 9kgs. On this program I was also able to manage the client lunches and dinners. The big thing for me will be giving up having a drink in the evening with the boy.  It also (falsely from the research I’ve done) helps me sleep.

So with credit card poised (only $89.85 for three months) I joined.  I spend yesterday familiarizing myself with the way it works – it’s quiet different, as it should be, from when I used it over 9 years ago.

Once again I am embarking on a weight loss program. I feel confident, but I know it will be hard in the first few weeks.  I just have to get through that and I will be OK.  I can plan my week around the points and my client lunches and dinners. No it doesn’t mean that I can order anything I like when I’m out, but I have more options now.  Lean meats and vegetables are always on the menu.  I can even have a glass of wine now and then.

Last night I made Shepard’s Pie Potatoes. Only 6 points and it was delicious (check out the shot above). I love cooking so I’m looking forward to finding and creating some scrumptious low point recipes. Here is a link to the PDF of the recipe above, if you’re so inclined.

Hope you all had a fantastic, chocolate filled Easter.


My lunch today

Tomorrow will be a new dawn for me and my relationship to food and to my body.  I love food.  I love healthy food even more.  I stuff myself with salad every day.  I know with Dr Rensburg you have to limit even the healthy stuff (which is why I loved Weight Watchers with 0 points for salad).

My lunch today consisted of salmon sashimi, cherry tomatoes, radish, spring onions, rocket and lettuce.  Delicious.

Keeping a food diary

Not really feeling so great today.

I think I have taken Dr Rensburg’s words a little too much to heart about “eat, drink and be merry” before the second phase of the program begins.

As you can see, I have been filling out my food diaries religiously.  I have used the food diary before, but that was when I was on weight watchers.  Also on WW you use it to keep track of your daily calories, not necessarily to look at your existing food patterns.

Some of the things I have noticed since Sunday are:

  • When I want a break from ‘thinking time’ at work, I will tend to get up and pick at food – wonder around the office looking for something to do
  • It’s not necessarily a lot of food, but I can start to see how it might all add up after weeks and months of eating like this
  • Most of the time when I eat lunch or dinner I am usually eating because it’s time to eat, not because I am hungry
  • I drink way too much wine – I might even

We have a team get away next weekend and I will be starting stage 2 on Thursday.  Needless to say that I am a little nervous about sticking to it.  One of the girls doesn’t drink (she is going through Chemotherapy at the moment).  I might let her into the secret about what I am doing – sharing it makes a difference.

What’s your real age?

Picture 3I must say that this doesn’t surprise me in the least.  I mean let’s face it, I am overweight and unfit.  In fact I actually thought the number would be higher.  A lot higher.

Each month I am going to keep asking Dr. Oz what my real age is, in the hope that this number decreases over time – a little like my weight-tracking number from Weight Watchers.

You can take your own test here.