05 April 2011

Am I A Quitter?

I joined Weight Watchers yesterday, and I'm STOKED!

I was officially off of SUGAR for 3 months and I loved it! I kept my same exercise routing of 5X a week, but didn't do any other food modification other than no sugar. Keep in mind that ALL store bought bread, most crackers, cereals, dressings, all jarred sauces, deli meats, and of course treats, almost everything has sugar in it and I quit them all! I ate 3 pieces of carott cake for my birthday, but that was the only time I officially had ANY sugar (and it resulted in the worst headache I've had in ages!).

The results... I felt great, I slept well, I exercised with energy, I ate fruit when I craved sweets, I lost the 6 lbs. I gained over Christmastime, and I loved it. But since February, I haven't really lost any more weight. A bummer, but I swear my guts are the healthiest out there, really.

So my real goal is to have a healthy body, and I'm 6 lbs. above what most health guidelines say I should be right now. If a lifestyle without sugar isn't going to help me lose those pesky pounds, I needed to make a different change. My happy place, Weight Watchers is where I turned first.

Weight Watchers carries memories of having lost 75 lbs. after the boys were born, and a feeling of success that was celebrated by my whole group. I kept if off, learned how to maintain my weight, and then had two more babies. I love my girlies, but I'm not too thrilled with the 25 lbs. that has lingered there since their birth. My 2nd time doing Weight Watchers was while I was still nursing Jennie, and after many meetings, I gained and gained and gained. I visited my doc and found out that my thyroid had quit on me. I've been on meds for that for the last 3 years, but the psychological damage from doing my WW so religiously and not seeing any results has been severe. I didn't want to go back unless I was going to be successful like the first time.

Well, I'm ready! I'm the healthiest I've ever been, I have great eating and exercising habits, I'm surrounded by a kitchen full of great options, and people who want nothing but success for me. My thyroid is under control, and it's my time.

So then last night at dinner when I had a bite of Jennie's ice cream, the boys said, "Mom! You don't eat sugar!" I explained my situation and their first response was, "Oh, you quit." Well, I didn't quit! I'm just changing my focus. So, to all of you who made New Years Resolutions, have you quit? Did you change your focus? would you consider me a quitter?

I feel good about my choice, but the boys words are haunting me...

9 comments:

Chalen said...

Nope, not a quitter. Your still working on weight loss, just following a different strategy. I think that one of the reasons people fail at weight loss is that are not flexible to the needs of their body. What works one time may not work as well or at all another time. Good for you for listening to your body and sticking with your goals. Good uck with your weight loss!!

Jenny M said...

Amen, Chalen! Tell those boys you are NOT A QUITTER! I think you are amazing for going without sugar for so long. I wouldn't last a day. I tried eating healthy for a few days, but it just didn't work. I'm going back to my comforts, and planning to work out more, when I feel like it :)
So way to go for having such ambition! I wish I had your frame of mind.

hope said...

Dealing with my Thyroid since Ranoah was born, I have an appreciation for the ever-changing metabolism that comes with it. It has also made me realize how healthy I want to be, and WOW the changes it brought on for my family. I have never eliminated sugar, but chemically produced, refined sugars I have tried to stay clear from.

You have not quit! You have come one step closer!! Keep on the trail!!!

Lori Ann said...

You are so not a quitter! You are just trying something different. I hope this experience with WW is as positive as your first one. Go to your happy place!

Elise said...

You know what I think-- you're amazing!! I strive to be as dedicated and committed as you are. I'm sure the boys didn't mean it the way it sounded anyway.

And, uh, sorry for being the devil and trying to tempt you with my brownie sundae the other week. Errrr....

Nancy said...

I love a quote I read in the WW Weekly today. It said, "This plan is not about perfection." I love that. I've lost 37 pounds (3 more to go!) and I eat chocolate EVERY DAY! Love you girl. This is your time.

Dave and Liz said...

I love reading your blog and how you have all these happy thoughts. You are not a quitter. You chose what you needed the most.

rachy poo said...

Wow! You are amazing, and look at that hair! you look awesome already. Good luck with your goal. If you feel good, that is most important, and I think that a little bit of ice cream is hardly quitting. You are very inspiring. PS we did find a house in NE Tucson. It is a rental and it seems perfect. We move in June and are getting excited.

Altai said...

You are not a quitter! Trying a new technique may actually help! I have already stopped all of my new year resolutions... Including going jogging every day! If you need to find a new way to gain focus then go for it! Good Luck!