I’ve now completed two weeks of my new eating regime. Here are ten thoughts that have come to me in the last fortnight.
- 5.9lb down in 2 weeks is a great start! Phew!
- Wheat and me don’t mix! I gave up wheat for the month of October to see what difference it would make to my IBS, depression and joints. It did help a little but I decided to reintroduce it to confirm that it was the cause of the improvement… it was! There were consequences…. I’ll not say any more!
- The Simple Start part of the WW plan is a simple way to start, fairly similar to the Slimming World plan, though I did find it a struggle at times without wheat.
- As well as following the ProPoints plan (counting and racing every bit of food and drink) there is also a Filling and Healthy option which is very similar to the Simple Start plan, like the Simple Start plan I did find it a challenge at times to follow without wheat.
- Having the opportunity to earn extra ProPoints for exercise to put towards my food intake is a real incentive to move more, though I try not to use too many of them.
- One of the criticisms of the WW regime I have heard from friends when talking about my changes is that there is too much encouragement to use the WW branded foods. I haven’t particularly noticed this, however it is easier to plan meals and snacks when you can glance at the food packaging and know instantly how many ProPoints are in it. I haven’t found this urge too much, both because I have the WW app on my phone and can check the ProPoints in a moment and because I am wheat free, there are very few WW branded foods which are suitable for me to eat.
- I have the flexibility to eat what I want to, within reason! Nothing is banned as long as I track it.
- Counting the points for everything is helping me learn portion control, this has been a weakness of mine for a long time. It hasn’t been unusual for me to have as many rounds of sandwiches as hubby or as many chips/potatoes, not a great idea when he’s 7 inches taller and 3+ stone lighter!
- Food is definitely something of an issue for me. While changing my medication three weeks ago has helped my mood overall this is still an issue with how I relate to food. Something I have started to discuss with my counsellor is how to change this. Why do I dive for food when I’m happy and especially sad/low? How can I stop this? It’s something I need to get under control if I am to have any chance of maintaining a healthy weight in the long term.
- Two weeks in and some of my clothes are already starting to be a little too big… hooray! I’ve at least two dress sizes to go but I’ve got to start somwhere.