It has come together like this:
|week 1||198.4 lbs.||(total)|
|week 2||194.2 lbs.||-4.2||-4.2|
|week 3||190.0 lbs.||-4.2||-8.4|
|week 4||188.2 lbs.||-1.8||-10.2|
|week 5||187.2 lbs.||-1.0||-11.2|
|week 6||183.8 lbs.||-3.4||-14.6|
|week 7||183.0 lbs.||-0.8||-15.4|
|week 8||182.2 lbs.||-0.8||-16.2|
|week 9||182.0 lbs.||-0.2||-16.8|
|week 10||175.4 lbs.||-6.6||-23.0|
The key for me is focusing on my daily points allotment, and treating my "flex points" as "mistake" or "unavoidable" points. After I drop another .4 pounds, I'll have to eat two fewer points per day to continue the weight loss. I already have a plan, and it involves a lot of these.
After being "on program" for ten weeks, there are two things that I am much better about doing now. First, I plan ahead for food... not getting stuck in a situation where I'm starving and the only thing I can put my hands on is fast food or a candy bar. Second, where there are opportunities to make choices... even choices between bad and worse, I can make healthier, satisfying ones. For instance, at our church's dinner theater, the meal was baked cornish game hen, steamed vegetables, and "chocolate pyramid anglaise." In olden days (when a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking...) I would have wolfed down the whole pyramid, but since I had fueled up on the half-hen and veggies, I felt full and only went about halfway through the pyramid... knowing that I was eating it for the taste and not the "fulfillment." When I knew we were having "breakfast for dinner" this past Wednesday night, I ate a low point (morning) breakfast and low point lunch so that I could eat the higher point scrambled eggs, bacon and hash browns for dinner.
One wonderful side-effect of this eating plan has been that my acid reflux issues are much less severe. I still am on Pepcid AC BID, but I don't have to supplement it with other antacids (like I did sometimes.)
How low can you go? Weight Watchers says my healthy range is 145-165. I think I'd really like to land in the 150-160 range. I'm making my next goal 160 and then decide whether I want to go for 155. I don't think I've weighed that little since I was... oh... maybe fourteen?