We've got something a little different today. Peter and I are beginning to experiment with video.
Sometimes it feels easier for me to talk about a topic than to write about it.
That was the case a while ago when he suggested I share my Weight Watchers Story with you.
Because it's kinda long, he's broken it down into 3 separate videos and included transcription for those who prefer reading to watching.
While my story might not be as dramatic as some, I think it's representative of what a lot of us struggle with as we work to resolve our issues with food and weight.
And it helps to illustrate why I'm forever a fan of Weight Watchers.
I hope you find it helpful.
Martha McKinnon's Weight Watchers Story Part 3 of 3
Martha: "About six or seven years ago, I had one of these a-ha moments in my mid- to late-forties. I said you know what, I just don't want to live like this anymore. So I got to the point where I decided that I just didn't want to keep doing the yo-yo thing anymore. I wanted to adopt a lifestyle. I wanted to lose the weight and keep it off. I wanted to feel good about myself.
So I stepped back into Weight Watchers and I committed to staying. I committed to living the program. I committed to really losing the weight and keeping it off. And just doing what the expectation is of lifetime. So I do, I continue now, several years later to weigh in every month. And I try to do it the first week of the month - I think the discipline of that is really important. To just set it in your calendar and do it. And not sort of play it and game it.
The first week of every month I show up at Weight Watchers and I weigh in. Low and behold, and I really am kind of proud of this, I’m not trying to be cocky, but I really, really am proud of the fact that I've reached this point at 51 - soon to be 52 - I’m not only living my goal, I’m actually under my goal. And this is a goal I set when I was 28 years old. A goal that I felt good about.
And now I'm several pounds under the goal and I feel awesome. I feel in control. I feel in charge. You know, I'm on the brink of facing all those things and the scary talk around menopause. But I feel in a position where I'm going to be able to deal with that and I really have Weight Watchers to thank. And the Weight Watchers plan and the Weight Watchers program. Because Weight Watchers really isn't a diet. Weight Watchers is about teaching you how to manage your relationship with food.
That's what's really lacking in a lot of other diets and other approaches to weight loss.
I love the saying, I mean we all know that we've all had this experience where we've lost weight successfully. I think probably with any weight you can lose weight for the short-term and I think I've done this a lot. And I think a lot of people do it, you know give up carbs, or eat six times a day, go on the vegan raw food plan.
We can all do things that are really radical and really extreme for a short time and lose a little bit of weight. But what tends to happen is that we then revert back to our old behaviors, we try to continue to live our life and we gain it back.
And the difference with Weight Watchers is that you know it's really not a diet in the fact that it's really trying to teach you how to manage your relationship with food in whatever way works best for you.
There's no food to buy, there's no special foods. It'll work if you're gluten-free. It'll work if you're vegetarian. It'll work if you want to be low on your carbs. It'll work if you want to eat six times a day, or if you want to eat three times a day.
What you're really doing is you're adopting the same philosophy you have to adopt if you want to keep your finances under control. It's a food management system or a food relationship management system. The same as a fiscal or financial management system. So nobody's going to tell you exactly how you have to do it. They're going to provide the framework. They're going to provide a budget for you.
In this day it's all about PointsPlus, where every food is assigned a PointsPlus Value. And you get assigned so many PointsPlus Values for the day, plus you get a weekly bonus, that a lot of people like to call their Happy Hour Points. Their Weekend Points. Their Splurge Points.
And so what it's really teaching you to do is to live within your means, within your dietary means.
I am a Weight Watchers geek at this point. I'm a Weight Watchers advocate and I love the plan. I love the program. I love what's done for me in terms of my confidence. In terms of my health and my wellness. And I love to share what I've learned and experienced with others. And I love to share recipes out on my website.
One of the difficult things can be to take the time to figure out your PointsPlus Values for the food you're going to eat. And for your recipes. So what I love to do is to do all that work for you. I'm cooking anyway. I love to cook. I love to eat. And now I love to share those recipes out on https://simple-nourished-living.com where I’ve kind of taken the work out of it for you. All you have to do is cook it and track it. You don't have to do all the work of putting it in your recipe builder and figuring it out.
So thanks for taking the time to watch this. If you have thoughts you'd like to share about your Weight Watchers experience, I'd love to hear those and see those comments here.
I love what I do. I love what Weight Watchers has done for me. And I love sharing recipes on Simple Nourished Living. If you have an experience that you'd like to share about Weight Watchers, or what's worked or not for you, I'd love to hear about that."
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