I'm joining the WWW bandwagon and thought I would give some insight as to how my weight loss journey started, and why I think it is working.
Before The Mr and I got married, we were long distance runners. We could mostly eat whatever we wanted, because we ran all of the time. We even ran a marathon on our honeymoon (how that went and why we thought it was a good idea is a story for another day).
Then we got married and found that marriage, work and raising two kids was not condusive to marathon training, so we stopped running. Unfortunately we did not stop eating. I love to cook and would cook fabulous gourmet meals often. I didn't cook food that was particularly healthy, though it was tasty!
Fast forward to March of last year. We took a (fantastic!) cruise to the Sea of Cortez. When we looked at our pictures from that trip, we looked like a couple of middle-aged people who had given up on ourselves. And we decided that we were too young to be middle-aged and too young to give up. I never thought I would ever be as heavy as I was then, and The Mr felt the same way. We were tired of being fat and decided to do something about it.
I think that was the key to our success. We were ready to change our lives and that made the sacrifices that we had to make along the way tolerable. We started Weight Watchers (primarily because it was the one weight loss program that consistently works AND because they started a WW program at my office) and made a lifestyle change.
WW is all about changing your lifestyle, not dieting. You don't eat special food, substitute shakes for meals or take pills. You eat regular food - and figure out how much of what kinds of food works for you while losing weight and then keeping it off.
You don't have to "take a break" from WW because you get to eat anything you want. You just have to eat less and be accountable for everything you eat. The simple fact is, if you eat less, you will lose weight.
We've worked hard and lost a lot of weight. The Mr is done (I have a few pounds left to get to where I really want to be). This is our year to start our maintenance journey.
If anyone has any questions, I'd be happy to answer!