This is me almost 1 year ago.
I started Weight Watchers on February. 24, 2011. To date, I've lost 9.4lbs. I'm going to be brutally honest. I'll tell you how much I weighed; I don't care; I'm not embarrassed. I was at 162! According to the chart, for my height of 5'6'', I should be in the range of 125-155. I've always weighed a lot, even more than I look like I do. I was blessed (sarcasm) to be one of those people who builds muscle very easily, ie 'bulks up' like She-rah with a little weight lifting! I also played soccer my whole life through college, so I have a background of lots of running and weight training. My husband is the same which is much more flattering for a male....oh, our poor daughter! Anyhow, I digress.....
My point is, the scale is only a minor measuring device for me. I judge by my clothes and how I feel! However, it is nice to know, I'm 'acceptable' on paper now at 152.6. My original goal was 150, but I think I underestimated myself. I can do better! I'm not sure an exact number, and my instructor, Melissa, said that's ok. I might just have to know when I get there. I agree. When I'm satisfied and feel I'm the best me, I'll try to maintain!
I picked WW cause I saw firsthand how well it worked for my mom growing up. I truly feel it's the best program out there. You eat real food not frozen meals; however, there are SmartOnes for those nights you don't have time to cook. I eat them for breakfast and the wonderful desserts! FYI: If you buy 10 at Kroger right now, you get $5 off, and you can find a $3 off coupon online. So, it's easy to keep up for the rest of your life. It's kinda depressing that I've reached the age where I do have to consciously think about everything I put in my mouth. But, that's life! Also, you don't have to give anything up! In the month of my 9.4 loss, I ate Taco Bell once, Pizza Hut once, and had birthday cake at my MIL's party. I was in no way deprived!
The downside to WW, it's expensive, but money well spent. Joining fee varies. I got a slight discount cause of my health insurance. I paid $33 to join. Then, it's $12 a week at meetings. If you miss a meeting, you still have to pay the $12 for the one you missed at the next one! Holds you accountable. Once you meet your goal and maintain for 6 weeks, you're a lifetime member and it's free as long as you go once a month to weight in and are no more than +2 lbs of your goal weight.
I'm no expert and don't claim to be. I'm seeking ya'lls advise and help just as much as I want to offer mine. So PLEASE comment!