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Extreme Makeover: Me Edition – Weight Watchers

It’s time for Extreme Makeover: Me Edition, and this week the topic is Weight Watchers. Is this a great topic for me or what? 🙂 

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{ae filkins}

Now on to the topic…
Weight Watchers

I have been a member of Weight Watchers for 16 weeks (almost 17 now,) and I’ve lost 36.2 pounds so far.  I have enjoyed the meetings immensely because I usually leave feeling recharged.  And I have met so many people at my particular meeting that I now call friends. 
Being on vacation means I will miss my meeting this week so I attended one here last night.  I’ll blog about it tomorrow, but for now, I will just say that going yesterday makes me so grateful to be a part of such a tremendous meeting on a regular basis.  
Weight Watchers has been an excellent tool for me so far because I’ve learned to control my portions.  I am aware of how much I should be eating in order to lose weight, and it is working. But I also exercise everyday.  If you know me, you know I’m on my exercise bike  a lot.  (I cannot express how much I miss it this week!)  And I’ve also started learning about the kinds of foods I should be eating.  
Each of us has to make a decision to lose weight on our own, but having unwavering support and accountability every Thursday has made it much easier for me.  And that’s why I would recommend it to anyone trying to lose weight.  But I also recommend that you take time to find a group that works for you, and a leader who is sensitive and sincere.  Good people make good meetings, and it has made a big difference in my life in the last 16 weeks. 
As I’ve mentioned (as many times as possible) I’m on vacation this week.  And it’s been a lot of fun though I am definitely looking forward to getting back home — and back into my routine.  Friends and I are staying in a beach house all week, on an island with beaches, fudge, burgers and tons of other junk food.  
I’ve made decent choices for the most part.  I brought some of my own foods and picked up an egg poacher yesterday because I can’t stand using pots and pans that have been used by countless others.  Does that make me weird?! 
Yesterday, in addition to eating 5 servings of fruits and veggies, I ate a bacon cheese burger with fries and onion rings.  I ate half of each side, as I planned to on the day I ate at the burger joint.  And it was fantastic!  It settled a craving for fattening yet delicious foods (that I haven’t eaten in months.)  Oh, by the way, I had two slices of pizza for dinner too.  Um, this was officially the worst eating I’ve done in weeks, but I make no excuses for it.  It was delicious, and now it’s over.  I’ll eat egg whites and veggies for breakfast then follow up with healthy lunches and dinners just as I have been.  And I’ll continue to walk and be active in the water and on the beach.  
I think it’s okay – even necessary to enjoy what you want (even if it’s unhealthy) once in a while which is why I love WW.  I am able to count points (even for a burger and onions rings.) And for that reason, I believe I have made healthy changes that will last a lifetime. 

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    July 22, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    That really is the beauty of WW. That absolutely nothing is off limits. So long as you eat it in a sensible way.

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    July 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Good for you for finding a way to receive regular support. Accountability, I think, is absolutely essential to making healthy changes.
    And you are absolutely right, too, to realize that eating the bad stuff once in a while is acceptable, especially since you do such a good job the rest of the time.

    keep it up!

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    Bobbi Jo
    July 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Sounds like you are having a blast and doing pretty good on the eating. Continue to have a great time and enjoy the beach for us all.
    Hugs, Bobbi Jo

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    July 22, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I just love your attitude about weight loss! ~Hugs~

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    July 22, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    You are amazing – seriously an inspiration.

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    July 23, 2009 at 1:09 am

    I love your positive attitude! My sis is on weight watchers and has lost 30 pounds, she loves it!

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    July 23, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Great job!! I am also on Weight Watchers, but I do mine online. I used to go to meetings when I worked in the city and loved them, my leader was incredibly funny! Since I live in the boondocks there isnt any meetings close to me but I love doing it online too. I love the easy access to all the foods and recipes!

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    ♥Amber Filkins♥
    July 23, 2009 at 5:04 am

    I think it's great you're enjoying yourself on vacation. It's okay to splurge a little, especially when you haven't eaten like that months.

    Have fun on vacation! I'm so excited to have WW friends online!! yay!

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    July 24, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Wow almost 37 lbs!!! I am so impressed! I have only heard wonderful things about WWs.

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