I’m someone who has been a long-time proponent of people living their lives with dignity, that your body weight and dress size are your business. I think if you’re happy with your size and how you look, you shouldn’t let other opinions of you influence a thing. Be happy and live your life.
I say that because it’s a very personal thing that I tell you that, in all honesty, I have not been as satisfied with my own body image for a while. It’s something I hide very well but when your image starts getting shot around the Internet multiple times and people tend to tag you incessantly on Facebook, it gets more complex to act like you’re ok with the way you look if you’re really not. I realized that I could continue to wear baggy clothes (yes, I do it, too) and keep untagging myself in photos and lying to myself that it was just “an unflattering angle” or I could face facts.
My life, like most of yours, can get a bit out of control. Between a full-time job, running FSB, freelance work, evening events and a generally crazy social life, I admit that I haven’t been to the gym in FOREVER and that I don’t always make the best food choices. Actually, let’s be honest here: I have all but forgotten how to eat properly. I’m not going to lie, I do the same thing that most of you do: I eat what’s nearby without considering the calorie structure and well, when someone offers me a glass of wine at the end of a long day, I’m inclined to take one…or two..or three.
Folks, I’m a little fluffier than I should be. There, I said it.
As someone who’s down 74 lbs from their heaviest weight, I refuse to use the “f” word when it comes to my body weight (or the weight of others) but it’s important that I finally look at myself in the mirror and realize that I’m not exactly thrilled with what I see. And I’m not, which is why I’ve decided to do something about it.
So, the good folks at Weight Watchers had the uncanny timing to approach me about joining their newly revamped Points Plus program. In the spirit of full disclosure, they are giving me the tools to try the program for a designated three-month period and I’m going to give you my honest opinion about how I’m doing on the program. The video above is the kick-off of said program and I’ll be doing one video a week. If you’d like to follow along, I’ll teach you whatever I learn about the program and if you’d like to join along and lose some weight with me, even better. I might even come up with some amazing giveaways to motivate both of us.
A little about the program I’m on: PointsPlus™ has replaced the existing POINTS program that’s existed for the past 13 years. I personally like this because it focuses on making healthier choices rather than simply focus on calorie counting. The new formula takes into account the components that make up calories – protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber – and factors the conversion cost of each within the body as well as eating satisfaction. Additionally, most fruits and vegetables count as zero points, which is amazing. You can read more about the program here.
Because Fashion Week is around the corner and while I will never be model skinny, there’s this dress I want to wear. Coincidentally, about the time I have to go to Fashion Week, YOU have an event at the exact same time: Valentine’s Day. Don’t YOU have some hot, slinky number you want to wear on that big celebration of all things hot and sexy? Ok, then, let’s do it: find a swimsuit, some hot lingerie or a smoking hot dress that YOU want to get into for Valentine’s Day and/or Fashion Week and let’s get less fluffy together, shall we?
And yes, I know it might seem insane that I’m doing this during the holidays with all this amazing food around, but I’ve made the decision that there will always be an excuse not to start. My life is waiting and there’s a great, healthy body around the corner if I stick to the Weight Watchers Points program, exercise and take care of myself. Let’s get there together, shall we?
All the best,
As part of their blogger program, Weight Watchers has provided me with free access to the online version of their program, and other tools, for me to review the new Weight Watchers PointsPlus program. I am not a Weight Watchers employee and have not been compensated for this post.