Lifetime membership!

At my Wednesday WW weigh-in, I was ecstatic to learn that I hit another milestone…I am now a lifetime member of Weight Watchers! 

Once you reach goal, you have six weeks of maintenance, where you have to maintain your weight – within two pounds either way. After those six weeks, if you are still at your goal weight, you become a lifetime member. What this means, is that I don’t have to pay for my meetings anymore. YIPPEE!!!! 

However, if I go more than two pounds above my goal weight, then I will have to pay. But I don’t even know what that amount is and don’t have any intention of finding out what that fee is! I do, however, have every intention of continuing to go to my meetings. They are a very big part of my healthy eating, healthy living lifestyle. I thoroughly enjoy my meetings and have developed several good friendships because of them. And I treasure those friendships.

So, now what? Now, I just have to keep doing what I have been doing…balancing my eating habits, incorporating exercise and remaining happy. I do have to admit, I have been a little lax and not so strict with my food lately. I have been allowing myself to indulge in some of my favorite treats more than I have in the past few months. But I don’t feel guilty for it. I am still staying within my daily points target.

For instance, the other day, someone at work made a red velvet cake to share with everyone. It looked so yummy, I just had to have some. So I did. And I did so without any guilt. The cake was cut into 20 pieces – four rows by five rows in a 9X13 inch pan. I cut one of the pieces in half and ate just that. And I figured out that the size piece that I ate was worth two points. Not bad.

Normally, I would have had that piece and then, I would have gone back for more and in the end, probably would have eaten a total of two or maybe even three pieces. But I didn’t do that this time. I ate just the half of piece I cut in the first place and I was happy with it. I was satisfied. That is what I call progress.

Now that is not to say I have done that with everything I have eaten lately. Someone else at work has Brach’s candy corn at her desk, which she shares with everyone. The first day the bowl was out, I grabbed a small handful. The next day, it turned into a couple more handfuls…bigger handfuls. Day three, I think I may have eaten the whole bowl with as many times as I walked by her desk…intentionally. And on day four, I didn’t have any. Instead, I had a talk with myself. I also didn’t have any on day five. Again, that is what I call progress. Sort of. I even logged my candy corn points. One ounce of candy corn equals one point. I estimated the amount each day and altogether, I ended up eating about 10 points worth for those three days. 

I know I am going to have ups and downs. But I feel that I am now better prepared for those hills and valleys. I know that I have to eat my fruits and veggies and watch my portions. I know that I have to incorporate exercise. I know it is not always going to be easy, but I like it. I like the new me. Actually, I am starting to love the new me. So far, I am enjoying the ride and hope it continues for a long time.

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