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Freestylin’: 5 Reasons Why I Joined Weight Watchers

Last week, I chronicled my 35 pound weight gain over the last two years and the workouts I have been trying to get it off. What I didn’t go into was some of the food shtuff.

I have been trying a low-carb/keto diet for the last couple of months and while I love the #EatFatLoseFat concept, I haven’t seen much any weight loss. I think a big reason is because I have a hard time staying away from carbs and I don’t like thinking about food ALL. THE. TIME. Which is exactly what I find myself doing on restrictive programs like Whole30 or keto.

So this week, I signed up for Weight Watchers. I went back and forth about it. Should I really pay for a service that I can do for free on my own with MyFitnessPal? Ultimately, these are the five reasons why I signed up.

It works!

Plain and simple, Weight Watchers works for me. I have used it in the past and it is the only program that gets the weight off and keeps it off long term.

No deprivation.

This is HUGE for me. With restrictive diets, I wind up thinking about the things I CANNOT have and then I immediately crave them like a mofo. I need my carbs folks. And with Weight Watchers, I can have them. Oprah said so. It’s all about portions.

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Motivation to workout.

While I would love to say that endorphins are enough to get me to the gym every morning before the sun comes up, they ain’t. I have my favorite pair of jeans hanging next to a bikini to motivate me, but I need something a bit more IMMEDIATE. With Weight Watchers, I get points for working out and points translates to more food. So if I know I have a birthday party this week that is going to involve cocktails and cake, I get my ass to the gym to earn more points. Or if I have $75 worth of Girl Scout cookies sitting in my kitchen, I better workout if I want a late night nibble. This is a completely true real life example, btw.

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It’s so easy to track food and activity.

The app makes it so easy to log food, either by searching or scanning. You can even save your favorites if you are a creature of habit who has the same breakfast each day. You also log your activity in the app, so you get credit (& points) for your workouts.

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Rollover Points.

I always get tripped up on special occasions or a bad day that just demands a donut. With the new system, I can splurge a little with points that I didn’t use on the days that I was on point. Pun intended. Combine that with the workout points I mentioned, and you are covered for every situation.

I’m am really excited about this and I already feel so relieved that I won’t have to be thinking of all the things I can’t eat.

What’s the plan that works best for you?

A New High

I reached a milestone this week. One I hadn’t been aiming for. One that I’m not particularly celebrating.

I hit a new high on the scale. I am now at a weight that I haven’t seen since I was pregnant.

In the last two-and-a-half years, I have gained about thirty-five pounds.

THIRTY-FIVE POUNDS.

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I still can’t believe it.

Granted, about ten pounds of it was welcome. After a train-wreck relationship, I was underweight due to the stress. So I will happily keep those. But the other 25? They’ve gots to go.

And it’s not like I haven’t been trying. I was doing home workouts with Tone It Up and Kayla Itsines’ BBG. But nothing was happening. So I signed up for a personal trainer to push me and jumpstart something. After three months of three-times-a-week workouts (and a bout of walking pneumonia thrown in for good measure), I had not lost one point. NOT. ONE. POUND.

In the past, I could make a minor change and see results in three weeks. Now the only change I see is the scale moving up. Something has changed. Is it hormones? Am I at *that* age??

I’ve had my hormone levels checked and am awaiting results. In the meantime, I joined a local gym that specializes in 45 minute bootcamps. Part of showing up this year means physically showing up at that gym. At 5.30 in the morning. At least 4 times a week.

You can follow along on my fitness IG where I will be checking in and keeping myself accountable. I will also be checking in here every Friday.

 

 

When You Want to Punch Your Cheating Ex In the Face….

Workout Because Punching People Is Frowned Upon

Last summer, I was in a relationship unlike any I had been in before. Drama-filled and absurd, each day of the relationship was like living in an episode of Empire, complete with a narcissistic asshole and trashy sidepieces. When I discovered the extent of the lies and deception (in a courtroom nonetheless – I told you this was ABSURD!), I quickly got the hell out of there.

But relationships like that can leave a lot of questions. And anger. Revenge fantasies floated through my mind like ash after a volcanic eruption. I knew I needed to do something to release the pressure. So what’s a gal to do when you want to punch a sociopathic cheating liar and his piece of trash “baby mama” in the face, repeatedly? (Side note: if you use the terms “baby mama” or “baby daddy” with any kind of pride and without irony, please reevaluate your life.) Well, if you are like me and want to avoid going to jail over two pieces of shit, you find yourself a boxing class. And quick. So that is what I did.

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