February 26, 2014
As I removed my trainers and stepped onto the scales this morning at my weekly weigh in I knew it would be a loss but I wasn’t expecting 4.5lbs loss, in fact at first I misheard my leader thinking she had said 1.5 lbs.
I have pointed every last bit of food entering my mouth over the last 7 days and I have run more than 20miles in my marathon training, half of which into a headwind.
And this week (unlike many others) all that hard work has been reflected in my weightloss.
Despite this fantastic result though I have decided today that I have had enough of Weightwatchers. I have cancelled my monthly subscription and am going to go it alone for a while.
It’s been a good spell, losing over 40lbs since about this time last year, but the past 3 months have been frustrating as I danced around with the same 2-3 lbs. I suppose I have just kinda lost belief in the programme.
Don’t get me wrong, I still believe that Weightwatchers is a valuable tool for many women, and certain aspects of its programme make a lot of sense. Their healthy and filling system for example, measuring portion sizes and the concept of being more active. But for me, where I am with my training and weight right now I need something more.
My leader Georgina has been great, and has helped a number of the group to reach their goal weight. She works incredibly hard too, for what I gather is not a lot in terms of financial reward.
But my biggest bug bear is the amount of weightwatchers products popping up all over the place. I have noticed in the last few years that there is a disproportionate amount of product placement in their printed weekly advice and on the whole for what I like to call “non foods” or foods that are pretending to be food…all with the weightwatchers branding and all at a marked up price.
I plan to lose a further 40lbs in the next year and I intend on doing that through eating a balanced diet based on whole foods and good protein, and cutting out processed food as much as possible.
In addition to my marathon training I am also focussing on strength training and conditioning with a weekly circuits class and Kettlebell sessions.
I will continue to track what I am doing but via myfitnesspal a free web based service which has a handy app, and I am also trialling the Fitbug Orb, a snazzy bit of technology that measures activity levels, sleep quality and nutrition (via myfitnesspal)
I know that having a structure and being accountable in some way works for me in terms of weightloss and having fitness related goals on the horizon will keep me motivated.
So…it is with regret…but my green card is no longer required, and my twenty odd quid is going to go towards a gym and swim membership at the soon to open Aquatic Centre in the Olympic Park
I am surprisingly excited about going it alone.
Anyone else stepped out of a programme like this to go it alone? Did it work out in the end?