So far, WW has been a big fat bleh. I am following it faithfully, I am not cheating, I am not losing weight. I lost a pound and a half and it came right back again, even though, I swear to you, I am not cheating, I am watching portions, I am drinking my water, and all the other crap they tell you to do. I drink water all the time, it's not new to me. I take vitamins all the time, It's not new to me. I exercise semi-regularly, it's not a change for me. What IS a change for me is cutting back on my food consumption and completely giving up wine and salty snacks and all the things I love, and NOT LOSING ANY WEIGHT! AT ALL!
Enough of the "Flex Plan" crap. I've switched to the "Core Plan," which is South Beach in WW clothing. I know the other thing "they" say is only weigh yourself once a week, but to this I say horseshit. Not weighing myself often enough (after I thought I was heading in the right direction, scale-wise) allowed the last 10 pounds to creep on, almost unnoticed, until my clothes no longer fit. I now weigh myself every morning. I may hate the numbers I see, but I want to know how I'm doing on a daily basis, not a weekly one. Progress is measured over a week, yes, but trends show up daily. You aren't going to lose 2 pounds in a week if you haven't lost an ounce in 5 days, and I'd rather know sooner than later when something is NOT working.
So yesterday I started eating according to the rules of what they call their their "Core Plan," which IS the South Beach Diet. My new plan is to develop my own hybrid of the two - stay within my Flex "point limits" (because tracking points does help make me more conscious of what I eat) but choose from "Core Plan" friendly foods 90% of the time. Today I was down a half a pound.
I know there are people who can lose weight while restricting calories and fat only. I am not one of them. It's interesting too, because when I look at how I can't lose weight eating carbs and combine it with my family tendency toward Type II diabetes and heart disease later in life, it really does seem like there is something happening on a metabolic level in my gene pool. My dad is a diabetic with a bad ticker. He has NEVER been overweight and in fact was thin as a rail most of his life. He did not have diabetes when the heart disease showed up. When he tipped over into diabetes, he had already been diagnosed and put on the typical low fat, high carb heart disease diet that was in vogue 20 years ago. He dutifully ate his cereal and skim milk and watched his calories and fat intake like a fiend, following the "heart healthy" diet of the day, walked and rode his bike daily, and within a year he was a very skinny diabetic with a bad heart. I look at that, and then at how my own body refuses to metabolize carbs and let me lose weight while eating them like a normal dieter, and I think my family history has to dictate how I eat, and I should pay attention.
Thanks for the kind words on That Damn Shawl - I really don't hate it, I really will wear it, but damn, it got to be one of those projects that I just wanted DONE and off the needles.
I'm working on the blue Dulaan hat and haven't started anything new. I spent some time communing with the stash and it killed the urge to buy anything, even more of my beloved linen. I will make a serious dent in the stash first. I am aiming for "No yarn until Maryland Sheep and Wool." When I have the urge to indulge I will go look through the stash until the feeling goes away. I can't get myself together to start another big project yet, the shawl trauma has to fade for a bit, so it looks like hats and mittens for Dulaan are the knitting du jour.