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It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005


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Okay, I've tried a million things, the only thing that ever really worked for me was Weight Watchers, about 20 years ago. I lost nearly 40 pounds, then quit because my new job wasn't compatible with meeting times. Back in those days, WW meetings were held in church halls and the like, once a week.

So, I joined WW last week, following in the footsteps of bassbone, jennkitty and flaim, who are all having remarkable success with the program. I checked with a nutritionist first, regarding compatibility with diabetic diet needs, and she said it's an excellent program, just watch the carbs.

I joined the online setup, so I couldn't weigh in last week. And then I went to the loopy house, so I couldn't follow the plan, as I didn't have the online tools, or the offline tools I ordered from the WW online store. When I got home, said tools were waiting for me, and I got with the program. Sort of.

First day I pretty much blew it out of the water. When I counted up my points for the day I had used the entire day's allotment, PLUS the bonus weekly points they give you for splurging, plus three points over that.

Today I did great, though. So great that I actually had to have an extra snack to use up the five points left over from the day.

We are doing a weight loss bible study and support group thing at church, we started that two Sundays ago. We have a weekly weigh in and some prayer and study and talk about challenges and suchlike we experienced during the week. So this coming Sunday I'll know my weight again.

Anyways, this is the first of what I hope will be many weight loss related posts.

In other news, watched two movies I loved when they first came out. Darkman, which has not aged well. Ugh, what a load of crapola! and Bull Durham, which was better than ever.

And I've had two truly excellent days at home with the kids. Sam says I am much calmer than I've been in a long time and seem to be having an easier time letting stuff slide off my back instead of letting it make me loopy.

Borderline symptom of the day: optimisticoptimistic

I've been doing WW since last June with a friend of mine (well, semi seriously since Christmas, but back to a meeting this Saturday morning!) and have to say that it is a great program too. As a matter of fact, if I'd stop goofing around and hit goal weight, I'd like to work there. Their "filling foods" concept is very similar to "good carbs" on South Beach, so I end up doing a WW/SB combo. :) Always happy to chat about WW. :)

WW is a fantastic program. That and just plain old calorie counting/nutrition watching (which is what WW is, really) are the only things that have ever helped me lose weight. Congratulations! You're going to do wonderful at it, it's really easy to keep on the program and with the study & companionship you'll have it's even better. *hugs*

I do WW, and I think you have to really screw up your points that first week so that you can see how much you are actually eating, you know?

I've been on since January, and I've lost 24 pounds. I'm battling this three pound yo-yo thing lately, though, which is weird.

Onward and upward, powerling!

I did WW in the mid-70's and it worked beautifully for me. Of course it *is* a little easier for guys,but don't let that stop you. I was able to go from 296 Lbs to 186 in nine months. In addition to the portion-control, I spent a LOT of time in the pool at the local YMCA. I didn't swim a lot, but the cooler water absorbs a *lot* of calories, so you burn more ju8st to keep your core-temp up. Another trick I developed was to put my eating tool DOWN between bites and to make sure that I didn't have to stretch my mouth to get it around the bite either. Chew, chew, chew. :)