How I Lost 14 Pounds in 8 Weeks with Weight Watchers

by Cathy Baker

Three things you need to know about this post:

1. It’s not exactly a snippet.
2. It is, however, something I sense God wants me to share.
3. His promptings trump my plans.


Before I jump in, you need to know that in 2012 I was enrolled in Weight Watchers, as I am now, but the results were much different. It took me six months to lose ten pounds. Here’s the difference:

My motivation. After gall bladder surgery in March my awesome hubby waited on me hand and foot. While a blessing, his willingness to care for me awakened me to the fact that if I kept going in the same direction on the scale, he would one day be taking care of me on a whole other level due to poor health. Another reason? I don’t want to “burden” my children in the future simply because I refuse to take better care of myself today.

Some things we have no control over
but the choices we can make today will determine the choices made for us in the future.

With that, here are some simple strategies that have evolved — and continue to evolve — as a Weight Watchers member. Even if you’re not enrolled in WW, I hope something will spark your interest. Remember, these are choices I’ve made based on my preferences. You’ll have your own. 🙂 And by the way, I have a long way to go. I’ve not arrived. I will fail at times but I’m in it for the long haul and these tips would’ve helped me stay on track in 2012, so here goes.

1. Count every single point. This also holds true if you’re counting carbs or calories. In 2012, I didn’t count the strawberry jam on my toast because, well, jam naturally goes with toast! #Fail.

2. Using my bonus points, I choose one special thing to eat/drink on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I try to leave at least 15 bonus points available for the week. This way, I’m able to work in my favorite Panera breakfast sandwich (replacing the egg with egg whites), my fancy froo-froo frappucino (I ask them to hold the whip cream but to put on a dome lid so that when I get home, I can fill it with my fat free whip) and last but not least, pumpkin bread from Starbucks on Sunday. There’s no deprivation here, my friends.

3. I make sure everything I use to cook breakfast (egg whites, grits, coffee) are clean the night before. This way, I’m not tempted to eat anything else. You’d be surprised how a dirty spatula can leave you aching for a gravy biscuit.

4. Keep healthy ingredients on hand as well as specific ingredients needed for your meals. I bake all my chicken for the week at once, weigh out 1.5 oz, and put that amount in individual freezer bags to pull out as needed for salads.

5. I’m learning to replace one high point food with a low one. I love sweets! I’ve found a WW candy that I find very satisfying for only 1 point. Sure beats a bag of 7 point M and M’s.

6. When recently meeting friends at a Mexican restaurant I decided ahead of time that if I left the restaurant without having eaten chips and salsa I would feel very deprived. I wouldn’t, however, feel deprived by leaving tacos in my wake so I ate a 3 point meal just before leaving the house and polished off my meal at the restaurant with a dozen chips and salsa for 4 points. Major score!

7. Combine breakfast and lunch points for something special. Eating a banana or other fruit earlier in the morning can make this a reality.

8. Before I go out to eat, I check the WW site to determine my options.

9. I bought a Fitbit with a heart-rate monitor and love it! Talk about motivation.

10. Going through several tests for my gall bladder issues in March helped me to realize that it was perfectly okay to go to bed with a growling tummy. Really, it is.

11. When we go to the movies (normally on a weekend) I plan to have my special treat (see #2) AFTER the movie. It gives me something to look forward to and I don’t succumb to the 30+ points the movie popcorn has to offer. #applydirectlytothehips

12. Accountability. I can’t stress this one enough. In all honesty, there were only two reasons why I re-joined Weight Watchers meetings: My best friend of 20+ years kept inviting me (at Summit Church we refer to this as being lovingly intrusive) and Michelin had a great deal to offer. But now as I look back I’m convinced the accountability has made all the difference.

13. Find an exercise that feels more like fun than torture. For me, it’s Jazzercise. I especially appreciate the fact there’s not an expansive glass wall putting me on display. #andsimpsonvilleheavesacollectivesighofrelief

Again, I’m not saying I’ve got it all under control — far from it — but for the first time in my life, I see the tremendous impact a handful of simple strategies can make in a person’s life. I want to encourage you as I encourage myself.

If you like the ideas above I can continue sharing them as I put them into practice but above all, I’d love to learn from YOU!

Please share any strategies you’ve learned along the way. To God be the glory.



Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate CHRISTmas…Christmas Eve.

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 24 – Christmas Eve }

If your schedule allows, attend a Christmas Eve service in your area. Hearing God’s Word, singing hymns/carols, lighting candles, and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with other Christ pursuers sets the tone for all Christmas should be: Worship, family, love, and community. 

Merry Christmas, friends! May you sense God’s mighty presence among you and your family as you celebrate Jesus—no longer the Babe, but King of Kings and Lord of Lords! 

On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords. Revelation 19:16

**If you live here in Simpsonville SC, our church (Summit Upstate) will be hosting our Christmas Eve service in downtown Simpsonville at the Clock Tower beginning at 5:30 p.m. I’d love for you to join us!

Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate CHRISTmas…Day 23

by Cathy Baker
{ Day 23 }

Set aside time to write down 5 reasons why you love and worship Jesus. Here’s the challenge! Resist including those things which He has done for you and focus on celebrating what you simply love about Him. 

Wrap it, seal it with a prayer of gratefulness, and put it beneath the tree. 

On Christmas morn, read your list aloud, even if Jesus is the only One who hears it. After Christmas, tuck it in with your ornaments so that you’ll be reminded to do it again next year.  

What’s one reason you know will be on your list?

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…Ephesians 2:8

Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate CHRISTmas…Day 22

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 22 }

Christmas is almost here! 

As you turn on your lights today, remember that Jesus is the Light of the World. He pierced your darkness, and mine.

Consider whispering “thank You” to Jesus every time your room or tree is lit today. It’s a small yet powerful way to remember the Reason for this season as we prepare for the final days leading into Christmas.

What is one way Jesus has lit up your life?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5

Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate CHRISTmas…Day 19

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 19 }

Ever considered giving a heifer, a flock of ducks or honeybees for a gift? I’d not either until I received a catalog from Heifer International.

These gifts hold a greater purpose as well as a speedy option for any last minute gift ideas. 

There’s something for every budget and burden (food, women, schooling, etc.) Many can’t give an entire pig ($120.00) but most can spare $10.00 to give a share of it. You can also make your donations in honor or memory of someone.

Heifer International

Heifer International is one of the most unique and important catalogs you’ll ever have the privilege to peruse. 

Have you ever participated in Heifer International or a similar “outside the box” kind of ministry? I’d love to hear about it!

…the righteous gives and does not hold back. Proverbs 21:26

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