The Only Way I’ve Been Able to Lose Weight

 

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This post was sponsored by Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. However, I started WeightWatchers before this promotion, and the weight loss success/motivation wasn’t for this campaign. 

I have always struggled with my weight.

I was overweight as a child until about half way through high school. Then, by some miracle, I was able to lose about 40 pounds.

I kept that off until I had Jack – then I gained 15 pounds (all of which I lost right after he was born, and then some with breastfeeding.)

Well, when he was about two, I started gaining weight. In about two months, I was at the weight I was when I delivered him.

It was so frustrating – I went to the doctor to see if there was some underlying reason (I exercised regularly and ate well), and there wasn’t anything that stood out to them. The doctor said, “Well, just try to eat healthier, and if that doesn’t work come back later!”

Not very helpful.

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I got pregnant with Oliver, and I actually ended up losing weight because I was so sick. People couldn’t even tell I was pregnant for the longest time. I did gain some weight in the end, for a net total of probably seven pounds.

After he was born, I lost about 15 pounds within about a week. I felt good about how I looked. I figured it would be like with Jack where I could eat whatever I wanted while breastfeeding, and I wouldn’t gain anything.

Apparently my body didn’t agree.

I didn’t eat horribly, but I ate when I was hungry. I started to gain weight – despite nursing a ton.

I ended up gaining about 10 pounds, and I almost was to the weight I was when I delievered (and weighed more than when I came home from the hospital.)

I decided that I needed to make a change. I had tried different “lifestyle changes” in the past, but none of them panned out. I just don’t like having to limit certain foods! I like to eat and enjoy good foods.

Since I was breastfeeding, I didn’t want to do anything too drastic anyways so I didn’t lose my milk supply. We struggled with Oliver gaining weight for awhile, so I wasn’t about to do anything to compromise that!

I was exercising regularly, and I was trying to count calories, eliminate sugar, etc., but nothing seemed to help.

A friend of mine had mentioned she was doing Weight Watchers. She said that it was how she lost weight with her last baby, and that she thought it was great. My mom told me she felt like Weight Watchers was one of the best ways to lose weight.

So, I went to the website. They were having a promotion at the time for 50% off for three months, so I decided to do it.

It has been one of the best things I’ve done. I don’t know what it is about the program, but it is the only thing I’ve done in the past few years that has actually resulted in real weight loss.

It’s also adjustable to be compatible for breastfeeding, so I’m not compromising my breast milk supply.

I think what I love most about the new Weight Watcher’s SmartPoints®.plan is that all fruits and vegetables are zero points. So, when I’m craving something sweet, I can go have a clementine or banana and don’t have to worry about wasting points.

I never feel hungry. I love that I’m not looking at the calorie counts of things. And I love that I can eat what I want – Weight Watchers has just helped me curb how much I eat. If I want bread (like Oprah says in the commercials), I can have it! I can have pasta, meats, and even dessert. I just have to stay inside my allotted points, and I’m good to go.

You also get something like 35 extra points a week if you go over, and I have never even dipped into that. You can also make your fitness points go toward more points for the day, but I also don’t do that.

I started Weight Watchers a little while ago, and while I haven’t lost tons of weight, I’ve actually seen the scale start to go down. Each week I get a little lower, and it’s just encouraging to see that. I also feel like I’ve been teaching my body how to know when I’m getting full, so I can stop when I’m satisfied, and not stuffed.

I’ve seen a lot of people go on diets, and when they keep it off, it seems like often, it’s because they did Weight Watchers.

I was excited when I was chosen to try out the Weight Watcher’s Sweet Baked Goods Products. I knew that since it was a product line from the Weight Watcher’s family, they would definitely be high quality and delicious.

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I tried out the Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss bars, and they are delicious! They are 80 calories per serving and 4 SmartPoints®. At first, I was a little hesitant to think it would satisfy my sweet tooth, because they aren’t huge. However, they are quite decadent, and I’ve come to look forward to my nightly treat. It’s helped me to realize that you could still have something sweet when trying to lose weight – and that a treat doesn’t have to be big.

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There are a bunch of different kinds of treats in their Sweet Baked Goods line, and I can’t wait to try more. The Carrot Crème Cake sounds especially decadent! They are available nationwide for just a little over $3.

Weight Watchers is actually having a “Love it Or It’s Free” challenge until May 31st. You can try and of their Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods, and if you don’t love it, you can get your money back!

These are great treats to have on hand for summer parties. There’s always “diet killers” at parties, and these pack so much flavor into a small bite, that they are great for having for guests. You never know when a calorie-conscious friend will be attending, and I think it’s nice to have an option for everyone!

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I mean, if you unwrap them on put them on a tray, no one would even know they weren’t home baked. They remind me of these cake bites we used to get at a bakery when we lived in Provo (though I’m sure these are much lower calorie than those!)

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Or, if you are going to a party, you can throw one or two in your purse so you know you can enjoy a better-for-you treat while everyone else indulges on higher calorie treats!

Along with the Weight Watchers Baked Goods, here are a few other things I’ve been enjoying lately:

  • Sara Lee Multigrain Bread (2 SmartPoints® for two slices!) with coconut oil or avocado on top.
  • Scrambled eggs with vegetables (red peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc.)
  • Mixed green salad with panko crusted chicken nuggets cut up, topped with Zesty Lime Vinaigrette (This is about 6 SmartPoints®.)
  • Oatmeal with 1 teaspoon brown sugar, a little bit of coconut, coconut oil, and almond milk (I believe this is 6 SmartPoints®.)
  • Pasta with red sauce
  • Clementines
  • Oranges

The Weight Watchers app is awesome because you can look up foods at restaurants on the go, find delicious recipes, and just track your points while you are out and about.

So if you are struggling to lose weight, I highly recommend Weight Watchers. You can eat tons of different foods, and it teaches you life-long skills for keeping the weight off!

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