30 October 2013

Weight Watchers, Together is Better

Before Weight Watchers, May 2013 (See OOTD post here)

If you've read any of my 'The Fat Girl Takes the Plunge' posts you will know I am a member of Weight Watchers. Joining Weight Watchers wasn't a massive decision for me to make; I've been a member before, doing quite well and losing just over 3 stone. But over the years that weight came back on... I tried a few ways to get it off again but sheer laziness along with no set routine or plan meant I wasn't doing very well. Earlier this year I decided to re-join Weight Watchers and headed down to my local meeting. I was nervous going to the meeting and meeting my new leader, finding out how much I'd let things out of control, but I knew that with Weight Watchers I would be able to do something about my weight, which is something I was very unhappy with. Weight Watchers is a plan I understand, trust and can rely on to help me get the results I want, and it works, because every week I've stuck to the plan and within my points allowance, I've had a good result on the scales at my meeting. On the flip side, when I don't stick to plan, I don't lose anything and will either stay the same or put on. 

Weight Watchers isn't easy. If I'm honest I don't think any lifestyle change is easy. You're making a stand to yourself to say enough is enough, you want to make positive changes that will positively affect you. Sometimes it can be difficult getting used to doing things differently and I'd say each time I've joined Weight Watchers, it's taken me a week or so to get my head around it. But once you do, it's there in your head and you know what to do; to weigh, to track, to plan ahead. And yeah OK, it sounds like a lot to do to some people, but for me it's a routine I need. I think about everything I'm eating or putting into a meal, and it takes mere seconds to weigh something and work out the points - and takes away any time I could be nibbling in between! 


There are a few things I think make my Weight Watchers journey easier and keep me encouraged, apart from the yummy food I eat everyday - oh yes, you can eat whatever you want on Weight Watchers, so long as it's in moderation! But back to the point. Although a journey like a lifestyle change or a really big change to your diet is something that ultimately you should do for yourself, and by yourself - that doesn't mean others can't encourage, help and motivate you. I'm lucky that my partner is very encouraging and although he doesn't put any pressure on me and doesn't think I need to lose the 6.5stone in total that I want to lose, he understands this is something I need to do for me and it's something I really want to do. He supports me, encourages me and gives me that boost when I need it. The same with friends - my friends are so super supportive and so are so many of you lovely lot reading, who leave supportive comments, tweets, emails. It all makes such a big difference and makes me feel as if I'm not doing this alone. And not forgetting my leader and the members at my weekly meetings. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to take such a big step to do something about my size, and to have such a supportive, encouraging and helpful leader who pushes me in the right direction each week along with all the members at my meetings. Weight Watchers isn't about doing it alone. It's about making a positive change and using the support system around you. For me that's my partner, family and friends, leader and members of my meeting. For you it may be work colleagues, online forums, whether it be one person or several. Together is Better - and I really, truly believe that. I've so far lost 18.5lbs and I have a long way to go with my goal weight being another 70lbs away, but I'll get there - and so will any of you on your own lifestyle change and journeys. 

After losing 9.5lbs, September 2013 (Total lost since joining - 18.5lbs) 

Less about me and onto you guys and girls! Weight Watchers are currently offering an amazing chance to experience a fridge makeover for themselves and a friend. You know this is the kind of competition that would catch my eye - you win food and a state of the art fridge! As well as that you're in with the chance of winning Weight Watchers 'guru' support, food vouchers and hampers full of goodies (enters immediately) You can find out more on the Weight Watchers Facebook page and it's really easy to enter - literally all you have to do is enter your email address to win! There's also tons of fab subscription offers when you sign up to be a member making joining as purse-friendly as possible!

Are you a Weight Watchers member? Is it something you'd like to join? Do you have a weight loss story to share with me? I'd love to know what your thoughts are on dieting, lifestyle changes, Weight Watchers - tell me your success stories! 


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*This post is in collaboration with Weight Watchers UK for their fab Together is Better campaign. All opinions are my own and 100% honest and I pay for my own memberships to Weight Watchers. Please always see a GP before deciding to begin a 'diet'. 
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