Heading into 2016 I’m looking forward to giving my whole time and attention to how I’m going to shift the final bit of baby weight that is bringing me down. My youngest child will be two in March, and although I’ve made a few half-hearted attempts over the past year, I’m not where I want to be where my body is concerned and I need to get serious about changing that. Over the Christmas break, a change of scene and a break from our regular routine has allowed me time to focus on me and what needs to be done to get myself in the mindset to make lasting changes.
I’ve been back at the gym for a few months now, although not as regularly as I could be, and for the most part I eat well, but the reality is that I’m not losing this last 5-7kgs that I want to. I’ve looked into programmes in the past, ones that either demand huge overhauls of my diet, require elimination of a bunch of food groups or need a level of commitment to exercise which takes up more time than I have at this point in my life,. I’m willing to do what it takes, but I want to enjoy my food, I want to look forward to working out and I want to feel like I’m making this change in a healthy and sustainable manner.
So when I was asked to review the new Weight Watchers – Your Way Program I got excited! I’m not daunted. I’m not fearful of missing out on anything that I love to eat because this Program looks at the whole person. I love that it takes a holistic approach to health and well-being and is more than simply a diet. If you’ve followed me for a while, you will know that I don’t believe in eliminating certain food groups or jumping on food fad bandwagons. And as someone who loves to cook and eat, I want to maintain a well-balanced attitude to food and to my body. What’s more – Your Way is about finding fitness measures that I will enjoy with the goal of feeling great in myself – without necessarily focusing on losing weight.
2016 is going to be my year to finally shake this baby weight! I’m excited already. This year, I am all about Weight Watcher’s new Your Way Program . This system is not a diet. It’s a way of living. It’s about falling in love with real food again, enjoying getting active and discovering how good you’re meant to feel. The new system works on three key pillars: FOOD, FIT and FEEL. This is not a quick-fix plan for a temporary problem. It’s a whole body plan to create a new lifestyle to help you become a more confident, slimmer and healthier you. All that sounds good to me. So I’m in!
Weight Watchers used to use the ProPoints™ system, which was launched in 2011, based on the latest science of that time. Now they’re taking that knowledge to the next level by providing a modern approach to weight management. This new SmartPoints™ approach is designed to fit better with your individual lifestyle and change your relationship with food for good.
For example, on the old ProPoints™ plan, a 3/4 cup serving of wholemeal boiled pasta and a 375ml can of soft drink both had the same value when clearly the pasta is a more nutritious choice. With the new SmartPoints™ system, there is recognition for that difference in nutrition and satisfaction.
I love that I don’t have to do this on my own. The new Program is crammed with inspiring recipes using real ingredients, meaning I don’t have to spend a fortune overhauling my pantry contents and can still keep my family satisfied without resorting to eating birdseed and salad at every meal time. With three young children and a busy husband, I need to ensure I’m making realistic changes to accommodate the whole family and keep life as easy as possible. Ain’t nobody got time for cooking more than one family meal! I am looking forward to working my way through the cookbook and actually can’t decide what to make first, Spiced Pepper Prawns with Tamarind Dressing or Miso & Honey Pork Fillet with Udon Noodle Salad. Mmmmm and I know the kids will love the Pea, Haloumi & Bacon Fritters and Tropical Breakfast Smoothie. There’s also an app available that I know is going to come in so handy in helping me stay on track.
The next part of the Program includes revisiting how you work out. My old version of working out involved trying to make it to the gym at least twice a week and managing a run in the evening if I could ever be bothered at the end of a long day (read: not very often at all!). Since having a Smart Watch that counts my daily steps, I am amazed at how motivated I’ve become to up that goal each day. Now I find myself saying yes to walking further, going into class to collect my daughter rather than waiting at the school gate. I say yes to walking to the letterbox each day instead of checking it as I exit the driveway in my car. Taking the stairs where previously I would have opted for the lift. This year my kids will both be at school which means I only need to do one drop off per morning and one afternoon pick up and I plan on walking as often as possible. Plus there is a newly opened bike and walking track around the waterfront in Onehunga that I’m determined to make a regular destination for a pram journey with my youngest. He’s always saying “walk, pram” which clearly is a sign right!?
I feel like it’s truly time for me to stop making excuses and to try a method of shifting my last of the baby weight that is both scientific and nutrition based, with exercise and mental resilience also playing a huge part…. Watch this space!
Make sure you keep your eyes peeled as I’m going to be giving away a couple of memberships for two people to join me on my journey. I can’t wait to let you know more about this brand new program.
Let’s talk soon. It’s time for a change…