I started Weight Watchers in August of 2011, and I lived it to the tune of losing 67 pounds (about 1 pound per week, when averaged out over 15 months). My weight loss came to a standstill, of sorts, this past fall. I would lose 3 pounds, gain 2.5 pounds, lose 1 pound, gain 1.2 pounds, etc. Back and forth and up and down but hovering around the 67-pound loss.
I tried a variety of things within the Weight Watchers structure to get my body back on course, but my about-to-be-fully-menopausal body was having none of it. The holidays came, and while I stayed on program, I also enjoyed the holiday bounty. I didn’t deny myself, but neither did I go on a throw-all-caution-to-the-wind binge.
The result: I lost .7 pound over Christmas and New Year’s, which I’m very pleased about, and not too surprised because my clothes fit in such a way that I would have known if I’d gained. I’m mainly pleased because I managed to strike a balance – something that’s not easy to do, necessarily, in the nearly two-month window of festivities that opens on Thanksgiving and closes on New Year’s Day.
So, here I am, four days into 2013, and three days into my Herbivore training. Yes, I’ve made the switch to a plant-powered lifestyle. It was not as big of a leap as it could have been. I gave up dairy, save for the occasional slice of cheese, over a year ago, and I gave up beef some time ago. Over the Summer I was close to eating plant-based, if you ignore the two eggs I had for breakfast every morning, and the barbecue chicken I consumed once or twice a week.
I’ve been thinking about it for months and months and more months, and have been following Happy Herbivore‘s blog since Spring, if not before, and following Peas and Thank You‘s blog for well over a year. Being a lover of most things fruit and vegetable certainly helps, as does my enjoyment of whole grains, beans and lentils, and non-dairy milk.
What won’t change is food tracking and counting. I am tracking all my food, as I did with Weight Watchers, and am simply counting calories instead of points. I figured out my BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate), and from there the number of calories I needed to eat per day (using the Harris Benedict Equation) to lose weight at a safe rate of one to two pounds per week.
So, having completed two days of eating plant-based, I can say “so far, so good.” Today will be my first weekly grocery shop as a Herbivore, and I am determined to make good use of Happy Herbivore’s recipes and meal plans to help me along.
If you want to find me, I’ll be in the produce section. I’ll be the one fondling a variety of fruits and vegetables, and considering the many ways in which I can make them succumb to me. Especially the bananas. (<–Click on the link right there and go see what I’m talking about. Really. I’ll wait.)
You’re back! Now you know the banana secret, too, which means not only do you know where to find me, you know how to reach me.
What do you think? Could you be a Herbivore?