So, I've been waiting to announce this news until I was 100% sure that it was true, and here it is--I am back on Weight Watchers, officially! I went back to the meeting on Thursday afternoon, weighed in, got a fresh book, and I feel much better.
I weighed in at 179, roughly five-seven pounds higher than my usual weigh-ins at home. Then again, I was wearing clothes, had eaten breakfast, and had consumed massive amounts of salty food the previous day. In spite of all this, however, I still weighed one pound less than my last WW weigh in in February, which means that I successfully managed to maintain in the six week stretch when I did WW at home. That's a huge accomplishment for me, as I've typically gained all the weight back plus extra, when I've gone off WW.
Of course, knowing me, I was hoping for a loss =)
However, I've tracked every day since starting WW and I have noticed a few great things about being on plan. One, tracking points really helped me to overcome "splurge" guilt. For instance, I drank way too much on St. Paddy's Day--three vodka red bulls and two gin and tonics. When I woke up the next morning, I felt really guilty--as if I had killed my entire week on the first day of being on plan. But then I tracked my points and realized that although I had consumed too many points, I still had WPs to spare. I was still, in fact, on plan. And just knowing that I hadn't wrecked my week helped me to get back on track the following day.
Another great thing about being on WW is that I can stop obsessing about the accuracy of my scale. I weighed in at 179, so I can confidently say that I've lost 61 pounds since starting the program, haha. I don't have to round or add a disclaimer about my flawed scale =)
And finally, getting involved in WW has helped me to refocus and re-evaluate my food choices all over again. Now, instead of just having a hazy idea that ground turkey is better than ground beef, I can see it numerically and know that if I choose the pointier option, I'll have to forgo eating something else. It's all just common sense really. However, having the plan in place really helps me to make good decisions.
Anyway, I'm back on the plan. My weigh-in days are now on Thursday, and I will be working towards reaching my 5% goal, which is 9 pounds =)