Changing Childhood Habits

 My food demons are still the same, but now, I've learned to react to them differently. 
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
Lauren always knew she had a sweet tooth, and the years of sneaking candy bars proved that. When she reached her senior year of college, she felt unhappy, and she wanted to figure out why. She knew that her weight was a big factor, so she decided to tackle that first, and see how she felt. She joined Weight Watchers meetings on her own, and a year later, her best friend, Malka, became a Member, too. After three years on Plan, they still motivate each other, and work together to reach their goals.

In Lauren’s words:

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From the time I can remember, I’ve struggled with my weight. I hated doing anything active, and I loved sweets. Starting in fourth grade, I started walking to school by myself. I’d pass by a pharmacy every day. Each morning, I’d go to the junk drawer in our kitchen and grab enough coins to cover a few chocolate bars. I’d bring them to class, and my best friend, Malka, and I would eat them before our lessons began or at recess. As I got older, the amount that I spent on the treats grew as did the amount of chocolate bars and bags of potato chips.

I wouldn’t say that I was deprived at home — my mom always made me healthy lunches, and I was allowed one snack a day. Over the weekends, I’d have special treats, too, but my love of candy and chocolate couldn’t be satiated that way. My mother took me to a nutritionist, and I’d just lie about what I ate. I didn't decide to make a true change until the first semester of my senior year of college. I wasn’t happy, and Weight Watchers had worked for friends and family so I decided to give it a try.

Finding the right support

When I first started following the Program, my friends weren’t the most supportive. I’d choose to go to the gym instead of going out for cocktails. It’s what I wanted to do, and they thought I was being selfish. My best friend, Malka, though, didn’t act that way. She was so supportive, and a year later, she ended up joining the Program, too. We became even closer—it’s great to have a confidante and an ally on this journey.

Go team!
Malka and I make a good pair because we’ve been friends for so long that we understand things about each other that no one else does. Malka knows what triggers me to be happy or sad, and she knows how to motivate me to stay on track. I know that no matter what type of day I’m having, Malka will know exactly what to say. She’ll celebrate my victories with me and give me the right pep talk in my times of struggle.

Saving up for Shabbat
I wish I could say that I have overcome the temptations of Shabbat dinner, but I haven’t. I know that telling myself not to have dessert or a piece of challah is unrealistic for me, so I try to save my weekly PointsPlus Allowance of 49 to give me flexibility on this day.

Tracking on Fridays is a challenge, but I’ve had a lot of practice, and I’ve become fairly good at estimating the portions. Though I can’t weigh my food like I do every other day, I found that being accountable and writing everything down helps me from spiraling out of control the rest of the week.

Maintaining with Malka

Malka will weigh in no matter what the scale is going to say. Recently, I felt a bit cowardly: I knew the scale wasn’t going to give me the number I needed to remain at goal so I kept pushing off getting weighed that month. One week while I was sitting next to her at a meeting, Malka told me how she weighed in and was slightly above her goal. Seeing her so committed motivated me to get weighed in the next morning.

Beyond the meeting, we’ve found activities that we both enjoy that keep us active. One Saturday night, we went rock climbing instead of going out to eat. We discovered a new experience, and it kept our mind off food. It was a win-win!