Monday, January 16, 2012

Mamavation Monday--Feelings of Discouragement

I'm starting to get discouraged, and yes, a little pissed off. I've been doing Weight Watchers (again) since October and I've only lost 11 pounds. And I've followed the program precisely. This week when I gained .8 lbs when I weighed in, I was LIVID. I was (insert multiple expletives here) kind of pissed. I had another perfect week, complete with more (cardio) workouts. My 25 year old body should be a fat incinerating MACHINE, not deceiving me...WTH.
This is about the 5th time this has happened to me since October.

(Up on Soapbox)

I'm giving up on Weight Watchers, on giving up on PointsPlus values, I believe it's a sham. If it helps you, that's great--I'm all for people losing weight, however, I believe WW is a money making machine more than helping people put up numbers.

Here's why, The PointsPlus program does NOTHING to back the scientific fact of: a calorie, is a calorie, is a calorie. They are declaring fruits and veggies to be "FREE", implies that it doesn't make a difference how much you eat of them. AND good old WW is doing little to encourage proper portion sizes--because, yes my friends, that pear you just ate can make you gain weight just as much as a candy bar, if you are eating too many calories. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard "eat a much as you want" when it comes to veggies and specific (lower carb) fruits at my meeting.

So, I'm done. I'm using a combo of MyFitnessPal to track my calories--including those of fruits and veggies, and my BodyBugg to see how many I'm burning. Aiming for a deficit of 1,000 calories per day. And I'm working out at least 30 minutes a day 6 days a week with a mix of strength and cardio.

I'm not doing a mid-challenge post, because I'm hoping to be blown away next Monday. I need some sort of big progress marker to keep me going.

(Step Down from Soapbox)

It's time for the Mamavation Question of the Week! This week's question is brought to us by The Chia CO!

What are your latest healthy food discoveries?

Hum. This one is hard, I've been eating the same stuff a lot lately, and I haven't ventured much out of my comfort zone because I know exactly how many calories I'm consuming. However, the biggest healthy food discovery I have made lately is less of a food, and more of a food website, with TONS of healthy and low calorie recipes. It's This site has AWESOME recipes. I've tried a few and they were raves: The Spinach Roll-Ups, Roasted Green Beans, and Baked Potato Soup. For those of you who are doing Weight Watchers, it even has the old points and the new points plus values listed for you. (Not that I care! LOL!) If I had one healthy eating website to recommend, besides Mamavation of course, I would say SkinnyTaste hands down, 110% that Gina chick really knows what she's doing! :)

Wishing you all a fabulous week of losses! Even the Weight Watchers members! :)



This post is sponsored by The Chia Co and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women


  1. Don't give up!! You will see results, maybe not on the scale but by losing inches with the exercise. I have never tried Weight Watchers but my cousin has had great progress and has lost 50 lbs with it. I just recently tried their ice cream bars and they area better option for me to get my chocolate fix with fewer calories.

    It seems like You know that you need to cut down on those calories, so I agree on that!

  2. Many diets look at fruit and veggies as free because it is harder to over eat them... now, fruit I could do, but how much salad (just the greens) could you eat in one sitting? Ground up it has more fiber (makes you feel full) and lower in calories.

    I agree that ultimately it is calories in, calories out. But, stress and new routines can cause you body to hold onto those lbs for dear life. Lets not forget about hormones, time of the month, etc...etc. Don't get down. Just eat clean and move. You WILL get there.

    *Hugs*. Save you money and spend it elsewhere, but don't give up. You are worth the effort.

  3. Weight watchers works for me, when I work it. I never partake in an excess of fruit though. I think your plan will work just as well though, until you are trying to lose the last few pounds and plateau. Good for you to change gears to a method that speaks to your personal situation!! Good luck on Week 2 of the challenge.

  4. Sorry you are so frustrated. I have never once joined weight watchers or any of those types. I found that learning what foods are actually healthy is the best way. I do think if you are watching higher fat and high sugar foods then you do not necessarily need to count calories. Good luck ...Great job with the work outs!