After many failed attempts at beginning a “healthier” lifestyle, I caved in and decided to do WeightWatchers. I have seen a lot of people do it successfully, but I never really put much time or energy into finding out what it was.

Upon minimal research, I discovered the beauty of this program is  you can eat whatever you want (more on that fib later) and you get a cheat day once a week.  I thought, “hell, if I can still eat snacks and ice cream, there’s no way I can fail”.

After purchasing my initial 3-month investment for around $50, I created a profile and added my weight.  Surprisingly, WeightWatchers declared me obese, which was hurtful, but needed.  It gave me an initial PointsPlus value of 49 points per day with an additional 49 bonus points per week.  I had this in the bag.

The first couple of days kept me super hungry, but I made it through.  That was probably the worst of my cravings and they have since subsided.  That’s not to say I don’t want a 22-piece chicken wing basket every once in a while, but that’s what cheat days are for.  I even started taking the recipes I love and trying to lighten them up, such as my Taco Bake and WeightWatchers version.

The tricky part is the snacking.  You can have chips, but you have to read the serving size.  You’ll see your favorite chips only have 3 points, but that’s for 13 chips.  Who eats 13 chips???  It is literally enough to get your palette salty and wanting more.  The real bitch here is that no matter what kind of chip you come across, they are all about the same – even the baked ones.

I even discovered that WeightWatchers Fudge Bars have more points than the Blue Bell ones.  You don’t have to tell me twice.

All in all, it hasn’t been that bad, and I have lost 12 pounds in the first month.  I feel pretty good about that.  I even had to travel quite a bit this month and fell off the wagon on my trips.  I mean, come on, wine has 5 points per glass.  Fail!

I plan to keep going and see where this leads.  I will update the site with more recipes and stories as I continue cooking and losing weight doing it.