December 5, 2012

Weight Watchers Update - Week 13

Week 13 and I am only 600g from my goal weight! How do I feel? Fantastic!
 
Photo of me approx 1 month ago feeling great in my Lorna Jane inspirational singlet

To date (including loss prior to my first weigh in) I have lost 8kg. Some may say 8kg over 13 weeks isn't much, however it has been lost in a healthy, steady manner which I believe is more effective than a crash diet.

Prior to starting weight watchers I was on the upper end of the healthy weight range. I have been asked numerous times why am I doing Weight Watchers, I guess the reason is I wasn't liking my body, my shorts and jeans wouldn't fit, walking up hills was becoming more difficult and I started snoring.

Prior to the loss I didn't feel like my diet was too bad afterall I wasn't consuming take away every day, I was eat fruit and vegetables on a daily basis and I was going to the gym at least 2 times a week, so why had I gained weight? Was it due to marriage, was it due to age, was my metabolism slowing down?? No it wasn't,  it was due to bad food choices, alcohol and minimal exercise.

With the help of weight watchers and supportive family and friends also losing weight I have identified the below items as being the triggers for weight gain.

  • Bread - 2 slices of toast for breakfast, a toasted panini at lunchtime and some crusty bread with dinner will eventually lead to unwanted fat. Yes we do need carbs however we don't need to be consuming that much bread! I now opt for no more than 2 slices per day and ensure it is rye or brown/multigrain bread.
  • Pasta/rice - Having a European background I love pasta, however that doesn't mean I should eat it every second day! Now I only cook pasta or rice once a week. Instead of filling half the plate with pasta or rice I fill at least 2/3 of the plate with vegetables or salad and lean meat.
  • Alcohol - Drinking throughout the week and on the weekend certainly didn't help my waistline. I enjoy wine and cider however now opt for a vodka, lime and soda which contains less calories, drinking water in between alcoholic beverages and listening to your body telling you you have had too much it is also wise.
  • Exercise - Lack of/ little exercise/excuses helped my weight gain. Like most people I am busy, I have found changing my gym sessions from evening sessions to lunch sessions has been a big help, I now workout at least 4 times a week, I also find a workout helps my stress levels and improves my concentration levels at work.
  • Dining out - I enjoy dining out, I dine out at least once on the weekend and have one lunch out  a week with the girls at work. Salads, swapping hot chips with vegetables or salads, asking for dressing on the side, entree size if you know the main portions are too large, swapping dessert for a skim latte or cappuccino and holding backing on ordering garlic bread are good options. 
If you have been through a similar journey or planning on losing weight I would love to hear your comments!

Fizzy-pink-lemonade xo