I have to come clean and admit to something terrible on the frugal front – I’m afraid I’ve added to my monthly outgoings by paying to join Weightwatchers Online.
Originally I signed up to a week’s free use of the site after I stumbled across it over the internet, but I decided I’d stick with it and paid for three month’s subscription at £49.95.
I was a bit disappointed with myself that my own attempts at frugal dieting at home hadn’t really worked out. But I was getting tired of my clothes not fitting properly, and felt it was high time I did something drastic and I know a few people who have successfully lost weight with Weightwatcher’s points plan. If you’re not familiar with it, every food item or meal is worth a number of points and you are allotted a certain number that you can eat each day. Plus you can do exercise to earn more or put aside. I’ve been trying to go on lots of walks.
OK – £49 sounds like a lot, but it works out as £16.65 a month or £4.16 a week. I’d quite easily be tempted to spend that on chocolate and biscuits each week, which I haven’t been buying. And I haven’t had to change the way I shop, buy any silly expensive dieting foods, or any costly exercising equipment. The software is brilliant and allows you to track everything you eat, look up foods to find out how many points they are worth and find recipes that are low points. And after three months the subscription drops to £9.95 a month.
But the good news is that I’ve actually lost weight for the first time EVER since trying to follow a diet. And I’ve tried a few – the South Beach Diet, Gillian McKeith’s books. I even tried a book I found in the library last year which was the No Diet Diet! It sounds mad, but it was all based on psychology. The idea was that you started trying to make your life more interesting by trying out new things, going to an art gallery in your lunch break, trying to do a good deed etc., in order to distract yourself from eating because you were bored. It was a great idea but at the time I just couldn’t stick to it.
So far – touch wood – I’ve lost six pounds and am about halfway towards my target weight. So before anyone gives me a good frugal ticking off, which I probably deserve, frankly I think it’s been worth the money. I haven’t lost weight every week – Easter was difficult for example. I tried to get around it by not buying any big Easter eggs – just a small bag of Galaxy mini eggs worth a point each and I’d have a couple of those each day so I felt like I was still enjoying my Easter. But DJ cooked a few nice slap-up meals at home over the holiday and he doesn’t really believe in low fat, so I didn’t lose any weight last week. I’d planned to do more walking to exercise it off but the weather was just awful. And whether I’ll keep it all off is another story. But as it’s cost me money I’m determined to give it a damn good try!
I’m taking a frugal break next week, so see you the week after next. Have a great weekend!