Well after two years, 1 month I have decided to track a different way. It was a tough decision and one I do with caution. So much caution that I have yet to cancel my online membership but I feel like I am on the right track so far. I have decided to track my food using the Macro system though My Fitness Pal. Why? With the amount of exercise I do I was so tired of being hangry, constantly chasing the hunger. I think Weight Watchers is a great program and it totally works for weight loss but I really struggled with hunger as I ramped up my fitness. I found the assessment tool just doesn’t capture the amount of activity I do. As well, as much as I love that “free” fruit, it was allowing me to eat endlessly even when I knew I wasn’t hungry. Now I am limited to one banana a day versus usually at least 2 and at times 3. Way too much sugar! I was added to the Macro Inc Facebook page, which is free unless you want one to one coaching, so far I have found it to be a great source of information and super supportive to newbies.
Don’t get me wrong, I was still losing on Weight Watchers, in fact over the last two weeks I had lost 4lbs but I was always hungry. I tracked in both systems for a few days and I found I was living off 1800 calories with Weight Watchers versus the 2300 that Macros was suggesting based on my activity level. I am tracking my food very closely and it’s early but I am already down another 2lbs. I wouldn’t expect lose at the rate to continue, probably just the initial shock of a change and then things will slow down. I also thought after so many years of doing the same thing that a mix up to my routine foods would help. One thing I have incorporated is protein powder to my day, this wouldn’t have fit in my points for the day but it does with my macros. I can already feel the difference in less than a week just being able to have more protein daily is huge for me. I did a long run yesterday and it’s the best I felt after a run in months. It feels so good to nourish my body when it needs it.
By carefully counting and planning ahead for my day I am far happier without hunger. This by no way means I think less of the program that got me to where I am today. It just means that I am to the point in my fitness that I need more than it can offer me. I was bored with my food options so by changing my daily intake a bit it has forced me to eat differently which I find entertaining, I know I am weird. 🙂 I don’t think there is a perfect solution but I think changing things up for a little while is always a good thing. At the end of the day, it’s about tracking whichever way you do it, do it accurately and stay active and the rest will take care of itself. Whatever I decide I am well on my way to hit my goal to be down 10lbs by the end of February, I may in fact crush that goal. 🙂