I've been off diet of any kind for quite awhile. I have PCOS, and with all my hormone fluctuations and the corresponding insulin resistance I have been everywhere from 220 to 140 and back again since having my youngest child 5 years ago.
I did Atkins to get to my lowest weight-and lost quickly (70 lbs in 6 months) -but it just wasn't something I could do permanently and I ended up gaining it all back over the following 2 years. I realize that this sounds a little childish and irresponsible, but I have terrible "tastes" for dieting, especially low carb. Not a big meat/protein eater. Have a sweet tooth that borders on some sort of mental illness.
I started weight watchers on Valentines Day, and I have lost 17 pounds. After seeing how the new PP plan works, I decided to use the old plan because while I get less daily target points, the points values are more compatible with my tastes and usual eating habits.
I'm really happy with my progress so far, but I have some concerns about long term results and figured I need to just air my dirty laundry and hope to get some input from others.
Even though I am losing fine, as I look through my eating journal I am still embarrassed by what is in it. Most days I am even a few points below my current daily target of 27 points, but what my used points consist of is mostly still what I consider to be junk.
Starbucks Espresso Shot "light" - 2 points
Reduced Calorie Wheat Toast with WW Cream Cheese - 2 points
Reduced fat PB and J on RC wheat - 6 points
Ruffles light chips, olestra - 1 point
Little Debbie Marshmallow Easter thingie- 3 points
WW Latte Bar - 1 point
2 small apples - 2 points
Sugar Free Pudding - 1 point
Lean Cuisine - 6 points
100 calorie snack size low-fat popcorn -1 point
Basically, I have just taken the things I would normally eat off plan, and found variations that have fewer calories and fat and I'm being very conscious about portions. I love and enjoy what I am eating and I'm not hungry. I am also satisfying my sweet tooth daily, so this is something I can see myself doing for the rest of my life without feeling like I am on a diet or depriving and restricting myself.
The only veggies and fruit I like are the ones that are not the best nutritional choices-corn, potatos, apples, bananas, etc. I do love a good salad, but I have a hard time justifying one if I make it taste good-if you add the yummy acoutrements then calorically (sp?) you may as well have had a burger.
So I know I'm probably in for some criticism for my habits. Heck, I criticize myself and logically I just know better. I have certainly cut a large amount of fat and calories and added lots of fiber as opposed to my usual habits, and become slightly less obese in the process. In my defense.....those changes have to count for something. I'm fortunately otherwise healthy and don't have high blood pressure or cholesterol.
I suppose my question is this-
Has anyone else had positive results and still been a naughty weight watcher?
Can this be done even though I'm not living on "healthy" food.....as in the old saying that a calorie is a calorie, a point is a point?
When I read or hear what other people are eating, it seems to be more quantity but alot more quality as well. I rarely get any veggies in at all, ever.
I feel like I am getting away with something. Part of me loves that and the other part is a little ashamed, but honestly if my weight is going to be dependent on eating carrots and broccoli all the time then I know I would just throw in the towel and reach for some cookies to console my grief.