I gained 35 pounds with my cancer treatment. That ended 5 1/2 years ago. I was able to pretty quickly drop 15 pounds, but those last 20 have been my nemesis, a burden that I have not been able to get off my back, butt, legs, and belly.
I've exercised diligently all of my adult life. I am typically slender, small-boned, a Vata in Ayurvedic terms. However, cancer, and to some extent age and menopause, have made me a little plumper than I like, and, it's just tough for a woman to lose weight.
I've tried eating Paleo, and I'm a vegetarian, so that was tough; I've tried Keto-type processes, putting my body in starvation mode; I've tried clean eating, sugar-free, grain-free, no additives, and I've tried just plain eating right, along with exercise, exercise, exercise.
And until a year ago, nothing has worked. Last July 5 I decided to give Weight Watchers a try. I looked into it carefully. Basically - I only worked online, with their amazing app, and counted every little thing I put in my mouth for all but 3 weeks this year (I skilled England and Holland). And while some folks on Weight Watchers have significant losses (40 pounds in 10 weeks), mine has been slow and steady.
My weight-loss has been slow, but never have I felt deprived, isolated, bummed-out, from doing this plan. I have been able to eat what I want, in moderation, and lose. Now - I have already developed healthy eating habits, so I wasn't trying to figure out how to fit in "crap," because I don't eat crap. And Weight Watchers has given me the freedom to be a vegetarian (although I've had to add some meat-based protein since cancer), and I haven't needed to eat pre-packaged additive-filled pseudo-food.
Along with steady exercise (weights, cardio), and good nutrition, monitored and accounted for by me, I've met my goal and then some. I am happy with the way I feel - which is such a blessing; I haven't been sick; I have more energy; I move easier. I have lost 25 pounds this year - and that's "only" 2 pounds a month, but remember, I didn't lose any on Paleo, Keto, etc.
So here's my high-five for Weight Watchers and for setting a goal, working the plan, having faith in the plan and in myself, and not quitting. I guess that's number one for me - I did not quit. And the perk, Scott is eating cleaner, healthier, and he has lost weight too. It's so much easier to do any weight-change program when those you live with are supportive.
Amen, and Wahooo!
PS - I did not give up Diet Pepsi!