My gluten free weight loss journey Week 5 (Weight Watchers week 1)


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On Monday, I took the plunge and joined Weight Watchers(ok, it was the last day of their 50% off sale).  I am at a bit of a disadvantage this week, as my hubby is away and I do not have a car.  I was going to VA with him but decided at the last minute to stay home with my kitties.  I did not plan ahead very well, so it’s been a bit of a difficult start.

I have mentioned in previous posts that I was thinking of joining Weight Watchers:

My gluten free weight loss journey-week 1

My gluten free weight loss journey week 2

My gluten free weight loss journey, week 3

My gluten free weight loss journey, week 4

There are pros and cons, just as there are with any weight loss program or diet.  Here is my take on it so far:

Pros:

  • I love the bar code scanner.  It’s really easy to add food to your daily points tally.  I have not come across anything that is not listed as of yet.
  • The support community is awesome.
  • They send encouraging messages and emails just when you need it most
  • The website is pretty user-friendly
  • I do like the recipe builder, with some caveats
  • You can play with your points calculator and make better choices

Cons:

  • Protein, fats and sugar will cost you dearly in points.
  • Carbs will cost you even more points
  • If you have dietary restrictions, like gluten, you have to recalculate every recipe using the recipe builder which is really time-consuming
  • Goal weights are on the low side and based on BMI (outdated science)

Granted, I have only been doing this for two days.  So far, I have been way over my 30 points a day allowance, and have pretty much used up my weekly 35 extra points.  But again, I am at a disadvantage this week.  It will take some time for me to get acclimated.  It’s a real eye-opener to see just how much what you are eating is costing you.   I really had no idea.

I am not sure how you can eat “bread” and still lose weight.  They say you can eat anything you want, but that isn’t really realistic here.  Maybe once you get closer to your goal and points increase.   There are members that swear they bake every week.  Maybe they have more points than I do?  Maybe they are using artificial sweeteners and low-fat ingredients?  That to me is not the way to go.  I won’t go down that road to lose weight or meet my points goal

I got horrible anxiety this morning thinking about not meeting my points goal.  I realize Rome wasn’t built in a day, but I am wondering if it’s worth the stress it is causing me?  I know I need to give it more time than a couple of days.  I am hoping to see results that make it all worthwhile.  I plan on giving it at least a month.

So stay tuned for more updates!

 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Raylene says:

    “It’s a real eye-opener to see just how much what you are eating is costing you.” I like this statement; if eating foods were like spending cash–in other words, if we could quickly and visibly see the health cost of each bite–I think we would all be healthier! I also like that you’ve identified some pros and cons along with realizing that you have to acclimate to this change. I’m sure it’s a big paradigm shift.

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    1. glutenfreelady says:

      It is-and I’m sort of stuck with few food choices this week but I’ll make it work. It’s amazing how you really see the affect of whet choice you’re making. Thanks for your support!

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