Thursday, March 15, 2012

How did you do it?

Many have asked me how I am losing the weight.  I typically respond,” Weight Watchers plus some other stuff.”   I have had an extremely hard time putting into words exactly what I was doing.  I think better typing than talking most of the time.  I can erase what I type if it does not make sense or I think I need to clarify my thoughts more.  I guess it is time for me to put into words exactly what I am doing. 

 Here is the short answer:  I follow Weight Watchers with a very high focus on healthy unprocessed foods.

 My first response was and will always be Weight Watchers.  I follow their plan, count points, track what I eat, follow the good health guidelines, exercise, and attend weekly meetings.  Everything else I do, must fit with what I have learned from them.  I have tried to do it on my own and for me it just does not work.  I need accountability, cheering and support.   They have taught me the “how to” lose weight, get healthy and keep it off.

 I had the “how to” down for many years.  However, I did not have the “want to”.  For me, want to,  is that deep down in your gut desire to get healthy.  I would be all pumped up on Saturday following the meeting, but many times that feeling left by Sunday.  Then I read Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food by Lysa Terkeurst.  She helped me see that my weight loss problem, was really a spiritual problem.  When God helped me see that, at that very moment, everything changed.  Lysa said in her book that her goal was to be healthy and weight loss was a side benefit. 

 My goals up  to that point included, losing weight, losing 5 pounds, tracking, exercising ___ times a week,  get in my good health guidelines and changing clothing sizes.  Now those are still good goals and many are part of my plan, some are even mini goals.  But my big goal had to change.  Now my goal is to be healthy spiritually, mentally, and physically.

One part of getting healthy is my increasing awareness of processed foods and the chemicals that are in them.  I have been watching certain additives for a while, like high fructose corn syrup and BPA in plastics for many years. It was the starting point.   I had seen other additives listed on the ingredients label, but have either not known what I was doing, understand what they were,  or had no time to figure it out.  I had been searching for healthy recipes on Pinterest for a couple of months, when I came across a website that intrigued me.  The website is,  This site has a great deal of education, recipes and guidelines.  It seemed like a great place to start.   Before I go any further, I follow many of her rules, as they are very good guidelines.  I make a few modifications:
  • I use real cane sugar for some things – but in moderation
  • everything must fit into my weight watchers points allowed
  • It must work within my budget. This mainly applies to organic foods, eggs, and meats – this is something that may come, but is not there now.
I am also doing this gradually, when I have more time (breaks from school), I spend more time playing around with stuff.  This week has been major, many new foods have been tried, some old ones tweaked, and many things from pantry have been donated to church and we are no longer using artificial sweeteners (except gum – but t is limited to how often). 

You can see The Rules listed from here by clicking the link.  What is listed below are how we have modified to our family. 

 Health Guidelines:
  1. Daily track, count points for and stay within the WW points targets (daily and weekly).
  2. Follow weight watchers good health guidelines including healthy oil, dairy, exercise, and water consumption. 
     1.    Whole foods that are more a product of nature than a product of industry

      2.    Lots of fruits and vegetables
3.    Dairy products like milk, unsweetened yogurt, eggs, and cheese (we used low-fat whenever possible – more heart healthy, also milk needs to be hormone/antibiotic free)
4.    100% whole-wheat and whole-grains (read ingredient labels carefully with your breads)

5.    Seafood (wild caught)

6.    Locally raised meats such as pork, beef, and chicken – budget defines how much this can happen

7.    Beverages limited to water milk, all natural juices,  coffee & tea

8.    Snacks like seeds, nuts and popcorn (plus fruits and vegetables)

9.    All natural sweeteners including honey, 100% maple syrup, fruit juice concentrates, pure cane sugar are acceptable in moderation
Try to Avoid:
  1. No refined grains such as white flour or white rice (items containing wheat must say WHOLE wheat…not just “wheat”)
  2. No refined sweeteners such as sugar, any form of corn syrup, or the artificial stuff like Splenda
  3. Nothing out of a box, can, bag, bottle or package that has more than 5 ingredients listed on the label – Scott – will still eat low fat frozen dinners
  4. No deep fried foods
  5. No “fast foods” – occasionally for the boys and for us Subway occasionally
I give God the credit every day for directing my journey.    He directed me to WW, where I met someone who told me about Made to crave, where I found that my weight problem was more of a spiritual problem.   He also had a person on Pinterest post a website that I looked at and in turn found out more about the kinds of healthy choices I needed to make.  God also led me to be public about my walk to health.  And due to being public, I am able to share this magical and challenging journey and I give Him all the glory for helping me and others along this path.

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