Customize Your Weight Loss Plan

Be YourselfI know in our culture it is very easy and often encouraged to follow the pack; do what everyone else is doing.  The older I have gotten, the more I realize how ridiculous this thinking is.  My personal opinion is that we all need to strive to be the unique individuals God created us to be, not carbon copies of everyone around us.  Nowhere is this truer than in our weight loss journey.

As you know, Weight Watchers is the weight loss plan I choose to follow and after losing 162 lbs., I feel confident saying that the program is a good fit for me.  One of the main reasons it’s such a good fit is that the plan is completely customizable to each individual person.  Weight Watchers never tells you that any certain food is off-limits.  It is up to each individual to decide whether or not the Points Plus Value of a particular item is “worth it” to them or not.  I love having the freedom to choose whether or not I want to spend the majority of my daily point’s allotment on a milkshake or whether I want to eat several nutritious things throughout the course of the day instead.  I certainly don’t think that someone who chooses the milkshake is “wrong,” I just know that it would be the wrong choice for me.

As I have shared with you before, there are certain foods which I choose to make “off-limits” to myself simply because I know that I cannot eat those foods responsibly, not because Weight Watchers tells me I cannot eat them.  I believe that my inability to eat certain foods responsibly is directly related to how I abused those foods over the years.  For example, the peanut butter that I have told you I cannot even have in the house is something I heavily abused when I was self-medicating with food.  It was nothing for me to polish off an entire jar in two days.  That’s very embarrassing to admit, but it’s the truth.  Snack cake type foods were something else I really abused and they are also something I do not bring in my house today.  I am hopeful that one day I will have a healthier relationship with these “problem” foods but for now, I feel the most sensible thing to do is keep them out of my environment.

No Peanut Butter

I believe that we all have unique journeys to becoming overweight and the journey to losing the weight can be just as unique.  For many of you, it may be no problem to allow yourself the periodic indulgence.  You may be able to have “just a bite” of something and it not be your license to go on an eating binge.  For me, when someone says, “have just a bite,” I always think, “Would you offer an alcoholic just a sip?”   I know that may sound crazy to some, but my issues with food are very similar to that of an alcoholic or drug addict; I know certain foods are bad for me but when I’m presented with them, it’s an all-out battle in my mind to keep from binging on them.

The point to all of this is that having the freedom to choose the foods I will and won’t eat is very empowering.  I don’t feel like I am depriving myself because I don’t allow myself certain foods, I feel like I am protecting myself.  I love my life and I have lots of fun; lots more than I did even three years ago.  One of the keys for me has been learning that I can have an awesome life and it does not have to revolve around food in any way.


Better Way To Be Happy

By protecting myself through not allowing certain foods into my life or environment, I am free to enjoy all the other aspects of life that I was missing out on before I started my weight loss journey.  To my fellow Weight Watchers members, use the flexibility of the plan to your advantage and in the way it works best for you.  To the rest of you, make sure you customize whatever plan you are doing so that it yields the maximum benefits for you.  After all, this particular journey is all about YOU!

Your Journey


  1. So true.

  2. You ask if someone would offer an alcoholic a sip. Yes, there are many people who assume that one drink won’t hurt you. The difference is an alcoholic doesn’t have to drink to live where as someone with food issues has to eat to live and so is faced with food many times a day.

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