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Every time I see the latest Weight Watchers commercial my inner-nerd girl screams! 360 degrees is a complete circle. While I know Weight Watchers 180 might not have had the same appeal, I’m fairly certain the company doesn’t mean they want all their clients to end up back where they started when they finish the program. My poor boys get a math lesson every time the commercial airs and since it is January, they are getting that lesson quite often. I have friends who have done very well with the Weight Watchers program though so I won’t criticize too much. I did try it for a while and found it wasn’t really for me. I was always a bit turned off by the substitution suggestions about using fake food such as Cool Whip probably because my mother was forever on some diet or another and eating all that fake food. I am quite convinced many of her health problems probably could have been attributed to her consumption of the low-fat, fat-free “fake” food items. However, their latest commercial did give me an idea on how to organize my quest for weight loss this year.
I finally figured it out! My husband brought me 20 lbs. My two lovely boys brought me 40 lbs combined in baby weight that stuck around. So I gained approximately 20 lbs for each of them. Yes, I need to lose about 60 lbs. This is the part where the private person who writes this public blog is SCREAMING…NO, do not share that information on here–it is too personal. However, I’m ignoring that person as I write this. My mathematical mind (ahem…not really) broke this need to lose 60 pounds into a math problem that I actually applied as I set my monthly resolutions and made a goal of losing 5 pounds in January. 60 divided by 12 equals 5! So if I can lose 5 pounds a month for the next year, I will have lost the 60 pounds my husband and two boys brought me. Of course, the key will be to make sure I don’t lose the same 5 pounds over again each month.
This month I’m focused on doing it by mainly adding in exercise. A friend gave me a copy of Leslie Sansone’s 3 fast miles DVD a couple of years ago and I’m finally determined enough to be consistent with it as well as do the entire 3 miles. I’ll worry more about logging food and calories next month when I’ll hopefully have figured out the answer to questions like just how many crumbs in the bottom of a potato chip bag are equivalent to one chip? Am I the only one? Should I confess that I made cookies prior to writing tonight’s post?
While this is something I very much want to do, I do not want it to be the center stage of all my activities. I do not want to be the person at the party rattling off the calorie count of the hor d’oeuvre to those around me. I personally find that annoying. I can look at a bacon wrapped little sausage and assess that its fat content and calorie count are probably quite high. Talk to me about the world, your children, the cute dress you just bought, your work, I don’t care. I just don’t want to talk about how many calories you or I might be consuming. Is it wrong to feel that way? I don’t want to come across as though I’m judging anyone who is simply counting their calories out loud. I just would rather discuss things other than the calorie count of a bacon wrapped sausage on a platter at a party.
I am of course, very proud of any one who accomplishes or has accomplished weight loss. I know it is not easy. I just want to quietly work on losing my 5 pounds this month and go from there. Do you have any weight loss or other fitness goals and how do you track them?