I’ve been doing the Weight Watchers thing since January. The program has worked for me in the past, and when, at my wits end, I decided to get my weight/eating/exercise under control, it seemed like a good way to go.
But over the course of the past few months, I’ve stalled out on losing. I’ve come far enough that it’s not hugely frustrating, but frustrating enough that I thought I maybe needed a reboot. Like I’m Spiderman! Or something. I’ve also found that as I upped my mileage, I felt more and more tired and more constrained by my points. It’s entirely possible it’s just perception and not reality at all, but it was enough to make me think that I needed to change things up.
So I switched over from the standard, familiar Points-based, calorie counting plan to the ‘Simply Filling Technique.’ Weight Watchers says this is for people who hate to track, which…that’s not me! I like tracking. It feeds my slightly OCD side. But that’s sort of a problem, too – I get TOO obsessed, then I flip out, then I start lying to myself about what I ate or didn’t eat or just ignoring things. Simply Filling is simply…intuitive eating, eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and some dairy. There are still 35 weekly points for things like breads, additional oils, sorbet, whatever.
At first I was terrified. How could I manage it? It was going to be awful. No bread? What would I eat for lunch without sandwiches? Potatoes, rice OR whole grain pasta only once a day? Wouldn’t I be starving? Isn’t that basically the South Beach Diet? (I was always hungry on South Beach, when I tried it – I got why it worked, but without carbs I just don’t feel satisfied.)
I won’t lie, the thing that convinced me to give this a shot? The ‘eat as much of an avocado as you want’ part of this. I’ve been on a serious, serious avocado kick lately – it goes well with lean proteins, which I’ve also been trying to eat more of (it’s good for gaining muscles!) and that’s what made me realize I could do this Simply Filling/Intuitive Eating thing.
It wasn’t always easy – I snacked on things that weren’t part of the plan, ate more oils than were a part of my daily allotment, and went over the weekly points, but I made most of it up with exercise. I ate a lot of fruit, a lot of guacamole (homemade! Nothing but avocados, tomatoes, lime juice, shallots and garlic), a lot of quinoa and black beans, and I lost a pound and a half.
I might try it again next week. I’m not sure it’s a long-term solution, but it’s shaking things up a bit, and that’s what I’m after.