I’ve been on and off Weight Watchers for about 3 years. I lost 30 pounds with it 2 years ago before our wedding and I’ve had excellent results. With having PCOS, it’s hard for me to maintain a weight without constantly watching what I eat and eating correct portion sizes. After I lost those 30 pounds, I didn’t think I needed to worry about tracking what I eat anymore.
Well, I was wrong. And I learned my lesson. Gaining almost all of that weight back showed me that I need to do better for my body. Having PCOS doesn’t have to define me, and shouldn’t control how I look or how I feel about myself. I notice that I am often more depressed when I weigh more, my race times are slower, I golf worse, and I see more and more PCOS symptoms.
In short, I realized it was time to go back to WW and go to meetings again. I don’t exactly enjoy paying over $40 for the program, but it has been the one thing that has worked for me in the past.
I started Weight Watchers again shortly after we got back from Las Vegas after our anniversary. I realized that with marathon training impending, I need to get back to a healthy weight. I figured writing about my meetings in here will hold me accountable and I can share my successes (and failures) during this process.
I know you’re not supposed to diet while marathon training. However, I gained weight my last cycle because I wasn’t watching what I was eating. I have been doing the “Simply Filling” technique where I eat food that’s on a list. Basically, they’re all filling foods, but I’m not depriving myself of any carbs or protein by eating them. Some examples include whole wheat pasta, chicken, potatoes, fruits and veggies. I can eat as much as I want of these foods (within reason). I can pick whether I want to count points or do the Simply Filling for a day, but I’ve mostly been doing SF.
I’ve found that this technique is the best for someone who is training. The best part is that I never really feel hungry. I don’t count energy gels during runs as points because I end up earning them right back. Last year, I’d run 15 miles and then think I could eat whatever I wanted. This isn’t the case (especially for someone who has PCOS). Controlling what I’m putting in my body but also maintaining an active lifestyle will ultimately lead to weight loss, but it will also help me get to my healthy weight (which I am currently not at).
That being said, I’ve been back on Weight Watchers for 4 weeks now. I’ve lost 7.4 pounds but I’m not depriving myself of anything I want to eat. I can feel my energy coming back and hopefully I will also start seeing faster race times. My goal is 23 pounds away, and I know I can do it.