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04-15-2009, 10:15 AM
Hi all, I'm new to the forum and to Weight Watchers and I am reallyyyy excited to finally start to get my life back.

I have struggled with my weight forEVER and I'm going to finally try the most realistic approach to weight loss I can find. I've done Atkins with great success, I lost 40 pounds but I wasn't disciplined enough to stick with the maintainance phase and here I am, all the weight back on plus 3 :(

I am determined to make ths weork for me, especially now. I had been planning on starting WW a while ago but never got the courage, and kept finding excuses. Well DH was recently laid off and I knew that would be my best excuse yet but I'm not going there this time. I have some great friends who are on WW and they were kind enough to break it all down, I have a points counter, and we figured out how many points I can have and I'm on my own for now. But I'm not letting our finances hinder my weight loss. I have the tools to do this, there are no excuses anymore!!

So that's a little about me. I've made it through breakfast, only 2 more meals to go. I know I can do this!

I look forward to getting to know you all!:hug:

04-15-2009, 10:49 AM
Good for you for deciding to make such a positive change in your life! I've tried every diet that's out there -- well, not the grapefruit diet; I had too much sense for that one -- and I truly believe WW is the most sensible way to eat for the rest of my life out there. You'll get lots of support here, tons of recipes, etc. If you're willing to interact, you'll get lots of interaction back!

04-15-2009, 10:51 AM
Congratulations on your choice WW is a great lifestyle change. I do want to add one thing in your post you 2 more meals to go.....I can not stress to you the importance of snacks, this is the beautiful thing about WW you can eat what you want. I eat every few hours, I find this regulates my blood sugar and keeps the binges away this is my day


Also, if there is one thing that you truly can not live without find a way to incorporaate it in your daily points for me it is chocolate so every night I allow myself a WW fudge pop it is 1 point and it keeps my chocolate cravings at bay.

Good luck, this is a wonderfull forum ask away there are lots of people here to help you on your journey

04-15-2009, 11:16 AM
Thank you so much for the warm welcomes and the advice! YOu are so right, I will remember to snack. Wow who would have ever thought I could say that?! haha!!

I have so much I want to do, I have 2 children, 2 and 4 and I want to get healthy b/c DH and I want another.. so I have a really great driving force behind me at this point. I don't think I would have the will power without that and finding this forum. I attribute most of my success on Atkins to the wonderful people I met. So you will definitely be hearing more of me! lol

Oh and how long did it take you to lose your weight cdawnfine? 50 pounds is amazing!!!

04-15-2009, 12:53 PM
I will make a long story short in 2005 I lost around 70 lbs in 8 months than in 2006 I quit smoking and put the 50 back on so in 2008 I went back to WW and it took about a year. I know it sounds like a long time but I was 3 years older and not smoking. One thing I will say is I am told the longer it takes the longer you keep it off. It was very frustrating for me because I had such quick results the first time. But it was def worth the wait. Our leader always tells us NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS THIN FEELS I love that saying. I tend to be a control freak and am very mindfull as to what comes in the house if it is not a safe food for me I dose not come in. You are at a great point in your life with two small kids what a great opportunity you have to teach them what is good and what is not before they develop bad habbits. I came from a house of thin people I was the only one who had a weight problem that carried over to adulthood. Teaching them now what you learn is the best gift you can give your family.

Good luck, feel free to ask lots of questions


04-15-2009, 01:15 PM
While a year might seem like a long time I thought I would show you it is worth the wait. These were taken exactly 1 year apart at a family reunion (dont mind the had it was fiesta themed) I have since lost another 15 since the picture to be at my current 155

04-15-2009, 10:01 PM
Hello all,

I also decided to (re)start WW today. I had success with it before my wedding, yet 8 years and one baby later, I weigh almost 70 lbs. more than I did the day I got married! I've tried Extreme Fat Smash and the 4-Day Diet (the dr. from Celebrity Fit Club's plans), with limited success. I joined WW for a month right after the baby was born, but trying to do it during the stress of new mommyhood wasn't the ideal time.

It's gotten to the point that I am embarassed by how I look. Coworkers who had babies around the time I did look good, but I still look like the baby's due any day - and he's 13 months old!!! I'm embarassed to be in photos with him because I'm so big, and I know I am going to regret that when he is older and mommy is always hiding in all the pix!

So, I'm optimistic that the time has come for a change and it's time to start taking care of myself. I can't have my son eating healthy veggies if I don't set a good example, right? I took a look at the "Wendie Plan" sticky on the main WW page (where you vary the # of points each day), and I am going to give that a try. I haven't officially joined WW, and am going to follow the plan on my own. I'm excited to be here with other WWers! :)

04-16-2009, 03:07 AM
Ready2bthin and Scoutieout, congratulations on making the change!!

I wholeheartedly agree with ladynred- WW is by far the most reasonable and practical plan. It will be an adjustment at first, but once you commit to it it will become a way of life. I wish you both the best of luck!

Cdawnfine- you look amazing! Congratulations on all your success :)

04-17-2009, 10:38 AM
Hey everyone....I am new here too...just got materials to start up with the Momentum plan and almost ready to go. I figure since there were a few newbies like myself that I would hop on board.

I have two grown daughters (20 & 17)....the youngest is collegebound this fall and hubby and I will be empty nesters!!! Somehow over the years the weight piled on.....I did WW years ago and got to goal but I have chronic back problems/osteo and the sedentary (sp??) lifestyle has finally caught up with me.

I am hoping that the WW momentum will help me lose the weight w/o exercise because I cannot exercise vigorously....I use to walk but can't do that without it taking a toll on my back anymore. So my plan is to lose some weight and hopefully I can get back to some exercise.

So here I am girls...I got the materials and now all I need is the willpower to get through the first day!!!

Glad I found a few of you who are just starting out to.

So a big hello to Ready, Scout, Cdawn, and Lady.....Ivory is now officially on board!!!

~ Ivory

04-17-2009, 03:19 PM
Ivory, you need to do some kind of exercise or you will muscle as well as fat. There are a series of chair aerobics tapes you can do sitting down and get a reasonable workout. Or you might ask you doctor for an appointment with a physical theraphist who could show you exercises you can do. Just losing weight isn't enough to get healthy. There are people who are thin, never been overweight, but are unhealthy because they don't exercise and have a higher % of body fat as a result.

04-17-2009, 03:23 PM
Hi Ivory! Glad to see someone else who is getting started. Since exercise is a problem for you, have you looked into water aerobics? It seems like that would be easier on your back. There are floaty-belts you can get that help you stay bouyant so you can move around easier. Welcome aboard! :)

04-17-2009, 04:41 PM
Thanks for the suggestions and welcome chickies {I hear that's the LINGO around here:D}

Anyway....I KNOW how important exercise is, in fact that is most likely how I got myself into the situation that I am currently in, However, I am on disability and have been to physical therapists and just a walk on the treadmill could have my back out for weeks that's how bad it is.

Hubby did get me a hot tub that I work on some leg and arm rotations and bringing my knees to my chest in repetitions of 10-20. It's not much but it's something I guess.

I figure that if the pounds come off then it'll become a little easier to incorporate some more exercise without it leading to more pain and my being unable to walk at all (which often is the case if I just merely pick up a dish or shirt the wrong way:()

Anyway....I got my book out figured out my daily point value which will be 28. Hubby tried to get me a scale from Walmart but they didn't have the one I wanted so my first weigh in is not going to be accurate since I am using the scale that we do have which is the numerical one in 10 pound increments.

What does everybody think about the scale that they have at walmart that programs your starting weight, your current weight and goal weight??? is your goal weight determined???

I am just into the first week's book but just thought I would shoot those questions out.

Also.....I have an old pointsfinder but believe that it is has the dietary grams, calories and total fat grams to line up to get to the points....this should suffice, right???

Thanks again for your patience and I am hoping to really succeed here alongside others who are on the same journey!!

And Quilter...WOW, your success is awesome...only 5lbs to go, I can't wait to get long did it take you???

You are an inspiration....thanks for popping by with your stats and advice!! I look forward to hearing some more!!

Okay...back to the program.....Ivory:carrot: {wishing I could move like Mr. Carrot here!!:D}

04-17-2009, 05:06 PM
I think your goal weight is basically what you want it to be at the end of your journey. I set mine at 144 (oops, forgot I changed it to 143 to make it an even 50!) because it's what I weighed the first time I started WW 8 years ago - that way when I hit it, I can change it to what I weighed when I quit WW 18 lbs. later. I'm worried about setting it too low and then getting easily discouraged when I don't magically weigh 70 lbs. less next week! :)

I've never used the scale you described from Walmart. On mine, you put in your height, age and gender, and it weighs your lbs. and fat % (not a pretty number to see!!!). I'm going to put my scale in the closet and only pull it out once a week - I tend to jump on it all the time otherwise!

04-17-2009, 05:44 PM
Thanks, Scout....I think that I will follow suit and tuck my scale away as well....I did WW's about 15 years ago and had a goal weight of 147....I weighed myself today and I am 247 not an easy pill to swallow!! I have a 100lbs to lose, chickies and I don't know how I'm going to do it!! HELP!!!!

Well it's one pound at a time, I guess!!!

{I am wondering how I'm ever going to do it} ~ Ivory

04-17-2009, 06:02 PM
congrats! I'm on day 2 :)

04-17-2009, 06:13 PM
congrats! I'm on day 2 :) Hi materialgirl!! Welcome!! Glad that there's another one on board here!!

I am on track so's an adjustment but I am definitely going to try to get myself to a healthier place and it sure makes it easier having a few to take the journey with me!!

Trying to figure how to add the tapemeasure on the signature bar is going to be my goal for today!!:D

Any pointers would be appreciated!! LOL:dizzy:

~ Ivory

04-17-2009, 08:56 PM
Hi Ivory,
You have to have been a member for at least 20 days to get a ticker...once you have been on for that long, you'll be able to edit your signature :)

Sounds like you're doing great so far! :)

04-17-2009, 09:18 PM
Hi Ivory! I was reading your posts earlier and it sounds that focusing on your diet first of all is a reasonable approach. There are concerns about losing muscle and fat, but WW is planned so that if you lose 1-2 lbs per week, this is slow enough so that you will lose fat and not muscle. When you are a bit lighter, you will most likely have less pain in your back/joints and be able to get walking. But I do agree that exercise is very important especially in the maintenance phase of this program.
Hope things are well for you, ms materialgirl and also for you, ready2bthin! It helps to view this as a lifestyle change and not a diet, in order to, well, keep up the enthusiasm!
Keep checking in!

04-17-2009, 10:10 PM
Thanks Prima for that info.....I guess I have another week or so left before I can have the ticker. That will be nice!!

Still doing was actually not as bad as I thought it would be. I was amazed that I could have a Panera bread bagel with reduced fat cream cheese (that counted for my breakfast/lunch;)) And for dinner I had a NY Strip, a red bliss potato and lots of broccoli!!:broc: LOL!!! I love the animated veggies around here!!:D

I still have some points left and hubby went out and got me a bunch of WW desserts to take care of that sweet tooth that will be erupting later on this evening!!

Kira....thanks so much for the encouragement....I want to get out there and exercise but I don't want to pay for it. My yellow lab misses our walks so it will be a big treat if we can get back to that. I am glad to see that someone understands my plan.

Okay...where is ready2bthin??? I apologize if I am hijacking your thread....I just figured it would be nice to stick around and have one place to check in for now!!:smug:

I like this....hey does anybody know where I can get a copy of the daily trackers to keep'll make life easier for me if I had a tool like that.

Thanks again for all the info....this place is GREAT!!:thanks: ~ Ivory

04-20-2009, 11:44 AM
Okay ladies I am on Day #4 and still alive and tickin'!!! I still have to find a scale and won't be able to get a weight down to the nearest .2lb reading...I guess for the first week I will use this numerical scale and then readjust. I am going to order one online and hopefully have it by my second weigh in but hope that the weight adjustments won't be too off.

Anyway....I really like the plan so far....still getting use to measurements and trying to stay ahead of the hunger and use all of my points as well as those extra 35 points.

I read somewhere that for every 10 lbs you lose you minus a point??? Is that true??? And I don't know what to do about those activity points....I guess they get into that in the second week but I don't expect to be able to add much because of my inability to do much exercise.

I am doing some calesthetics in the hot tub every other day which I am hoping will allow me to build my muscles up enough to take on some more outside of the tub. But I can't do too much or I risk being totally bedridden so I am not going to overdo things.

Well, in and let me know how you're all doing. I am going to check in over at the April Weigh In thread and see what that's all about.

(((HUGS))) ~ Ivory

04-20-2009, 02:07 PM
What an awesome thread and so mnay new and motivated chickies! Hoping everyone is having a great first week so far. Sorry I'm finding the thread a little late.

Ivory: Every time you drop into the next decade you lose a point. WW is designed so that you loose slowly, but as there is less of you then you have to eat less to maintain the loses. So kind of a mixed blessing, you are loosing pounds but points as well. There are lots of lower point choices out there and you can always eat extra 0 point veggies so that all works out in the end. I see it as a process. We eat maybe more pointy stuff when we start and end with more zero point foods that are healthier in the end. I know i seem to always be increasing my veggies.
I also try to make something tasty every week that is low points to fill in. This week it is a stew, veggies and low sodium chicken bollion cubes. A tasty way to get those veggies in and keep the points low.
Also we all really look at the scales for feedback, but I like to have something around that is really tight and try it on once a week and see it start fitting and once it fits get something else and do it as well. Sometimes the scale is not as kind as the clothes. It helps me to stay motivated.

04-20-2009, 03:20 PM
Everything is going well on my end so far. My husband and I bought some new cookbooks (Biggest Loser Family Cookbook, Hungry Girl 200 Under 200, and I think he picked one of the Cooking Light ones), and we're trying some new recipes this week. I am super-motivated! Glad to hear others are doing well, too! :)

06-03-2009, 04:05 PM
congrats. I am doing it at home and WW is a healthy lifestyle. Remember it is not a diet. You can still have choices, it is about making healthy ones and being balanced. I am on day three and the main thing is to track track track.

06-03-2009, 10:14 PM
i agree with chilichick!
tracking is the main thing
i've only been on for a week now but i find tracking has made such a huge difference! It kind of makes you think twice about your food choices.
"hmmm that strawberry shortcake snack is only 3 points but i could have a cup and a half of strawberries for 1!"
and it makes you accountable for what you eat. You can't "choose to forget" that extra cup of rice you ate.
my favourite part about it though is that i don't feel hungry

Good luck and stick to it, it'll be amazing!!!
and plus 3FC makes it so much easier too!

06-25-2009, 07:34 PM
I'm starting my 4th week and I need to track. If I don't then I get completely off track and forget what I ate and when that happens I have to say thank goodness for those 35 extra points per week. I'm getting better and getting the hang of it. Good luck everyone and stay motivated.

06-29-2009, 04:55 AM

Hi there, I am Ashley. I am on week 3 back. I have lost before with WW, but after two children, and losing my youngest, my daughter, Arianna last October I am back with a vengence. I do it at home on my own as well since we're overseas via the military and there are no meeting, so if you ever want to chat or ask me anything - just message me here. I have a son who will be 2 in August and so I made my goal for his 3rd birthday, while we have to lose for ourselves, children are a good motivation as well.

You can do this, rooting for ya,