I wrote this blog post as part of a movement by Weight Watchers to encourage people to remember that loving yourself starts with taking care of your health everyday. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own.
Today is exactly one month from my birthday, and even though it’s not a milestone year, I always go through a period of reflection and self-awareness around this time of year.
Last year at this time, I was in the best shape of my life. Now, I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been. So I’m reflecting. What the heck happened?
Well, here’s what happened. It’s my pattern.
I do this thing where I get super focused on being
skinny healthy and I make dramatic, drastic changes. I cut out sweets and my nightly wine, I workout five times a week, and I eat veggies and lean protein only.
After I lose the weight I want to lose, which takes 2-3 months, I let myself cheat a little bit, adding in a piece of dark chocolate here and a slab of bacon there.
Then, I become complacent, and begin eating and drinking like King Henry VIII.
Then, it’s six months later and I’m back to where I started, with a muffin top and rubbing thighs and I stay there until I get motivated enough to start the cycle all over again.
Not healthy. Not smart.
And clearly it doesn’t work. It’s too All or None and there is no longevity, plus it’s not healthy to fluctuate up and down in weight like that.
Enter Weight Watchers Simple Start.
When I was first approached to do a campaign for Weight Watchers I immediately thought they were going to ask me to count points and since I can barely help my 1st grader with her math homework I was about to run the other way. But then I learned about their Simple Start program, which is more about making small changes that lead to big changes.
They provided me with a long list of various small, simple changes I could make in my life, and I chose a few a few of them that didn’t seem too daunting or too drastic and I TRIED to stick to them. To be honest, even making small changes was hard for me since my husband was traveling for work and I was at Disneyland for a few days with my kids. BUT, I tried, and I stuck to my commitments as much as I could, and that’s what this program is all about. Making smarter choices, and taking simple steps, so that it doesn’t overwhelm.
Here are a few simple start tasks I implemented into my life:
#1 Buy something fun
Don’t laugh, I’m serious about this. One of the items on their list is to treat yourself so I decided to treat myself to something that srpuces up my workout wear so as to make me more inclined to workout. These socks help motivate me to go to my Dailey Method class and to get through it once I’m there. And they make me sing the Pharrell “Happy” song so that makes me happy. Win-win.
#2 Add some lemon to your life
This change was a combo of two items from their list, which was to eat a healthy breakfast and also add fruits & veggies. Lemons have amazing health benefits like boosting immune system, balancing your pH Balance aids digestion. They also have something called pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. So, I have been starting each day with hot water and lemon for all the health benefits above AND to help cut back on the amount of coffee I was drinking, and I have noticed a HUGE difference in how I feel.
#3 Cut out just one thing you like in exchange for a healthier option.
I’m not sure this was on their list, but I decided to add it. Instead of making a drastic change of cutting out all sugar, which everyone says is a must in eating healthy, I started with a manageable small change like switching from flavored creamer to flavored coconut milk in my coffee.
#4 Blend it Up!
Drinking smoothies and juices is a perfect way to make sure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals. I bought a new blender to start making smoothies and I’ve made one a day to make sure my veggie and fruit intake in where it should be and it totally fills me up.
#5 Take a New Workout Class (Or re-visit an old one)
I dusted off these 20 year old jazz shoes and signed up for an adult jazz class, so in addition to the Dailey Method and the running that I try to do every week, I get a completely new kind of workout, one that is good for my body and soul, and makes me miss remember my youth.
I’m also going to sign up for the Weight Watchers Simple Start App that provides two weeks full of healthy recipes, which I am in DIRE need of.
Change is hard, and sometimes scary and intimidating, so taking these simple steps towards a bigger change feels more manageable and doable to me. I’ll follow up in a month, after my birthday, to see if and how these simple changes have worked.
If you’re interested in learning more about this new approach to Weight Watchers, check out their online Simple Start program that will help you lose weight while on the go, if counting points is not your thing. The program focuses on health, fitness, and making the changes you need to make that will still fit in the parameters of your daily, busy life.