In my lifetime, I have been a Weight Watchers member at least 6 times. I have fallen in love with the program, tasted the Kool Aid, but each time my journey with Weight Watchers has come to an end. I have been very successful on the Weight Watchers program multiple times but have never reached my goal weight through the Weight Watchers program.
Over the past week I’ve been reading David Kirchhoff’s new book Weight Loss Boss. As the CEO of Weight Watchers International, I was excited to read his story, to hear his take on Weight Watchers, and understand why this weight loss book was different from the other weight loss books I had read.
Within the first couple of pages, I knew I was going to love this book. David did not share anything new but the way he shared his story, the story of others, and gave advice sucked me in! In his introduction, David shared the five keys to weight loss…
- Eat vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy
- Avoid junk food
- Watch portion size
- Exercise daily
As David says, “The challenging part is hitting all five — Forever.” At different times in my life I have hit a number of these keys but in order to lose weight and maintain my weight loss I had to have all five line up, just as David shared. In his book, David talks a lot about how one’s environment affects their ability to lose weight. I am a firm believer that controlling one’s environment is key in losing weight and maintaining weight loss. The moment one’s environment changes, our body adjusts to those changes, and sometimes that equates to weight gain. When I lived in Vermont, I truly lived in an ideal environment!
I lived in a small town, worked in an athletic department, worked out almost every day, and changed my diet completely. I truly attribute losing 50 pounds to being in Vermont at that point in my life. Since moving back to DC my environment has changed a ton! Life in DC is crazy, non-stop, and consists of lots of variables. Life was simpler in Vermont and I miss that. So what can I do to turn things around? How can I change my environment to make it more conducive for weight loss? (I’m going to think about this more and share it with y’all in the upcoming week).
David’s journey is interesting but one I can definitely relate to! David lost weight but then plateaued for about 7 years, fluctuating between the same 20 pounds. Boy oh boy can I relate to that! David shares that, “I was not yet fully committed to living a healthy life…every time I put the tracker away and start[ed] trusting my instincts, I got into trouble”.
The past 5 years have been exactly that for me. I might do really well with one or two of the keys to weight loss but then I’m goofing up on the other keys to weight loss. I know some people say “it isn’t that difficult. Just eat healthy foods, eat less food, and exercise more”. I get that, I really do, but for me it has been a true battle. Weight Loss Boss really helped me in understanding the battle people can go through and the steps you need to take to make the final jump into weight loss and maintenance.
There were many parts of the book that I loved, but my favorite was the chapter in which David breaks down his meals. There are always ways to improve your meals and seeing David’s breakdown of this was incredibly helpful for me. Lets take my breakfast for instance. With each breakfast, I need to look for ways to improve it…
Ashley’s Better Breakfasts
1.0 (current breakfast) – High Fiber Quaker oatmeal, 1/4 cup sliced almonds, 1 large banana, 1 cup of coffee, and 2 TBSP fat free half and half.
2.0 – Quaker Weight Control oatmeal, 1/8 cup of sliced almonds, strawberries, 1 medium banana, and 1 cup of coffee with almond milk.
3.0 – Quaker Weight Control oatmeal, mixed berries, fat free yogurt, and 1 cup of green tea.
4.0 (The best breakfast for me)- Steel Cut oatmeal, mixed berries, fat free Greek yogurt, and 1 cup of green tea.
I am doing the same thing with lunch and dinner, seeing how I can make little changes to improve my meals and the calories I am consuming.
Weight Loss Boss is a fantastic book and I would highly recommend it, even if you’re never joined Weight Watchers. Although David brings up Weight Watchers, the book is not about Weight Watchers but rather about his own journey. One top of diet, David talked about bad habits, exercise, and maintenance.
I appreciate all that David shared through his book. It gave me lots to think about and plenty to change.