One week into a healthier life

standard February 7, 2011 6 responses

On a whim last Sunday I opened the Weight Watchers website and signed myself up.

I’d been watching myself gain weight and hating it, but not really doing much about it. If I’d been exercising regularly I might have been able to maintain my weight, but even then, it’s not exactly like I’m at my ideal weight.

The holiday season tripled my workload and any exercise effort I’d been making went right out the window. That, plus holiday and stress eating lead me to bust the seams on my favorite dress the other day.

Other than being mortifying, it’s also sad. I really like that dress.

Even then I didn’t stop eating more candy and snacks than were remotely necessary.

And yet that’s not what prompted the visit to

Maybe it was my friend Shannan’s success. Maybe it was that I was really ready. Maybe it was Egmos being particularly loud and annoying and me trying to shut him up. I don’t know.

I was going to sign up for just a month to get myself motivated, but there was a three month deal and I’m a sucker for a good deal and a bit of a challenge. So I bit the bullet and signed up for the three months. Then I went to bed and tried not to think about the next day.

The WeightWatcher plan was recently radically overhauled so, while I’ve been on it before, I feel like I’m starting from scratch. I’m also doing the online program as opposed to attending weekly meetings. Between the new plan and the new medium I don’t feel like I’m just doing what I used to do. I’m not falling back into my old WW routines and habits. I have to rethink everything, recalculate every bite. And frankly it’s been good.

My first week has just ended and while I don’t know what the scale will say tomorrow, I’m happy with myself. I stuck to the plan and tonight I even went for a run. I’ve been eating healthier and taking better care of myself. It’s not a bad feeling.

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