Monday, May 24, 2021

Many of us are trying to get ourselves together, health-wise...again

I wrote this post a couple of weeks ago and then, a few days later, completely erased it and started over.

The original post was a whiny rant about how my weight has yo-yo'ed over the years and how I have a hard time creating lasting change when it comes to weight blah blah blah. It wasn't fun to write, nor would it have been fun for you to read.

Not that this will be particularly "fun" for you, either, but in the days after I wrote the first post, my wife started a 28-day transformation program bought for her by some of our kids as a Mother's Day present. She had to scramble to align with the timing of it, as it has a real-time online component and officially began the day after Mother's Day. But Terry did the requisite shopping and food prep in short order, and she has stuck with it well and is seeing great results.

This was inspiring to me, so I went back to the only method of weight loss that has ever truly worked for me, which is Weight Watchers.

"WW" is how they brand themselves nowadays, and I should mention that it works for me only when I do the in-person program (i.e., go to weekly meetings and weigh in, which creates a certain level of accountability...the online-only version doesn't really go well for me).

So I've been attending meetings and weighing in at my local WW "studio." And of course I'm losing weight, because all it is, really, is a well-designed system that makes you do what you already know you should be doing: Eat less food, eat healthy food, eat tasty food.

If you do that and move more, and you have weight to lose, you're going to drop pounds, guaranteed. We just all have different mental and emotional make-ups that necessitate different approaches to achieving that goal. They're different paths, but they all travel in the same direction and all lead to the same place.

Will I get back down to my goal weight? Yeah, I'm pretty sure I will. I started around 208 a couple of weeks ago and will aim to get back into the 185 range.

The question is, though, will it be permanent? That remains to be seen. But before you can answer that question, you have to start down the path. And that's what I'm doing.

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