Tuesday, July 28, 2009


I think we have all heard that saying above, haven't we? Well, it's true. The rest of our life starts...NOW.

The first day of the rest of my life (today) I started on Weight Watchers. I had signed up yesterday but didn't really start eating the way I should until today.

I ate my healthy foods and wrote everything down. I found it kind of funny that I had a hard time eating all the food they told me to.

Normally on a diet I feel hungry. Even after I just ate. It's like my body knows I'm on a diet and a diet means "being hungry". At least to me it does.

No more eating the food I really like. No more sweets or fat. Just dry toast, salads with no dressing and food that tastes like cardboard.

This time I'm not on a diet. I'm changing the way I eat. I can have anything and everything I want. I just need to watch the portions and be aware of what I'm eating.

Just knowing I can eat what I want made me not crave anything and I wasn't hungry at all.

I read the materials Weight Watchers gave me. One thing that I knew, but really thought about today, was how we can pick to eat a little amount of high calorie foods or we can pick foods that are healthy and filling and have much more food.

When you eat right, with lots of fruits and veggies, protein and fiber, you don't get hungry. In fact you get full!

So today was a good day. I followed my new eating life style to a tee. It was easy.

Tomorrow I'm going to meet up with my nephew and we are going to go for a long walk and have lunch at a healthy restaurant.

I love my nephew. He has always been there to help me when I want to exercise or eat right. He has always been willing to walk with me, hike with me and meet me at the gym when I needed that extra boost of having company.

He is a great cheerleader for me. I'm lucky to have him.

Another thing I'm trying to work on is getting to bed earlier and getting up earlier. I want to be ready for my big time change when I go to the East Coast in a few weeks!

Now that is going to be the hard thing for me to do as I've always been a night owl and sleep in late. But, I'm going to give it a try.



Tracey said...

Oh Joanne,, I'm so glad you found something that you can work with. I have lost about 6 pounds since my husband left for Germany. I've been going to a Zumba class 3 nights per week and changed my eating habits all together..I'm kinda scared for when he comes home and I have to cook for him. I know he'll be understanding if I don't cook like I use too. I have decided at 47, if I don't do something now, I'm heading for an early grave which I don't want to do to my children. Good luck my dear friend and I much success in you journey.

Unknown said...

Good for you Joanne!

Connie said...

I'm doing WW also, sugar. Great place to eat properly. Jack is too but he's losing much faster than I am! Loving it though.........

Frugalious Living said...

Congratulations on the first step! The first step is always the hardest. I find society is almost against us living a healthy lifestyle with the convenience and fast food industry. Congrats on your new endeavor!! I wish you all the best.

A Southern Rose said...

You are doing great! Keep it up!

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jo said...

Wonderful first day, wonderful attitude!!! I eat high-volume foods, keeps me full and happy!

Tonight we had nachos, and I weighed the nacho cheese into a little bowl--2 pts worth, and I only ate half.

I'm happy for you!

Jean Tuthill said...

Hi Joanne, I have heard that Weight Watchers works for many people. And I'm sure you will have much luck and success with it. It's important to follow it closely and you will not be hungry and it will work for you. Good luck and keep up the good work.

Robin said...

congrats WW is wonderful! it's kind of a pain keeping track of the points but at the end of the day you KNOW what you did and didn't do...no more guessing! I lost weight on WW and was NEVER hungry or deprived....thats the beauty of WW!

Anonymous said...

Something that helped me when I started to lose weight was to limit myself on how much I ate. I did this by using a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. I would divide the plate into quarters. I would fill the plate w1/2 with veggies, 1/4 each with a meat and a starch. I did this for the longest, and would limit myself to just one plate. That and I started to walk. Just walk, at first it was hard to make it to the end of the block, but pretty soon, I could walk long distances...further and further each day, until it became part of my routine.

I lost 40 pounds that way,and have managed to keep it off. Not to say, I don't have the "good" stuff as you say, but I am now watching my portions and allow myself treats.
Best of luck to you. I know how difficult it is to change our eating habits.
I signed this anonymous becasue I don't know how to use the other stuff, but have been a faithful reader of your blog for about 6 months.

Donna said...

Good for you, Joanne... I started back last week after a 2 month absence... I was very successful on it about 7 years ago... But then I stopped paying going to meetings or weigh-ins, stopped being accountable for what I put in my mouth... It definitely does work though. And like you said, nothing is off limits as long as you plan for it... Good luck!... Donna

Unknown said...

Those fruits and veggies looks so yummy and colorful! They are having me craving healthy things to eat today! Thanks for inspiring me! :)