I have been doing Weight Watchers for a number of years and, honestly, I should have hit goal a number of years ago. I managed to successfully lose over 40 lbs on Weight Watchers when I first joined, but with the stress of job changes and planning a wedding, I re-gained my weight. I know that when I was a small child (and I do mean small since I was wearing toddler size clothing when I started school) my focus was not on food for comfort. Unfortunately, between my second grade and third grade year, everything changed. I am not overly fond of change but my school district decided to close my school down. Even as a young child, I became extraordinarily nervous about changing schools and food became my comfort. Prior to that time, even as a small child, I was able to eat pretty much anything and as much as I wanted because I stopped when I was full. There is so much information floating around and it can be somewhat overwhelming to decide what is the best course of action. There are definitely some things that I truly do not agree with respect to Weight Watchers, but I seem to be finding my way. I truly try to steer clear of fake foods and artificial sweeteners and while it may not fall in line with what Weight Watchers teaches, I prefer to have full fat cheese. I have found that I have a different level a satiety when I eat full fat versions and don't require nearly as much. Aside from that, have you looked at the labels on those fat free foods?
While Susan Powter's plan may not have lasted a lifetime, there are things that she said that have stuck with me. "Read the label. Read the label." Reading the label on things has changed my perspective on some of the foods I previously ate. Let's be honest, when you remove the fat, you have to put something back in to keep the texture and taste.
I prefer the real foods approach to things these days and I am trying hard to listen to my body to tell me that I don't need more food. After the month of April and my mom being in the hospital for most of the month, my eating has been a little off. My focus for the month of May is to try to eat like a regular person and get back to eating on a schedule vs. when I can. There's still much I need to figure out about my body, but figuring out my body is the only way that I can truly reach my goals with the hope of not regaining it. This is definitely a process. I will support you and wish you well in yours, no matter what the journey, if you do the same for me. We're all in this together!