For a while now, I wasn’t working WW right and it wasn’t working for me. When I lost 50 pounds, I found I had to alter my eating and activity more than earlier in the program. For instance, all fruits and most vegetables are 0 points. My mindset said free. I ate lots and lots of fruit and came to a point where I was no longer losing. At a heavier weight, I could do this and still lose weight. So I gave up on the meetings in July and gained 25 pounds back. This contributed to feeling like I’m slogging through life, like the bad old days.
Yesterday, hubby and I returned to meetings. The first wonderful thing was that the leader greeted us with a big smile when we came in the door. Then after she weighed me, she gave me a big hug. This helped me feel positive and ready to jump into the program. I’m going to try to carry this positive energy for as long as I can.
I am looking at some thoughts and feelings about following the Weight Watchers plan, rather than just doing it. So here goes…
First of all, although it is not a “diet”, but a way of life, I still feel a bit deprived. What is does is raise a bit of anxiety in me that I subdued with food. I’m sure this is due to not feeding my blood sugar and neurochemical changes. It is not at all overwhelming anxiety, so I am trying to embrace it, and channel the energy productively. It’s all new again, so I’ll have to see how it goes.
I’m looking into small tweakings to help me along. The program changes at least every year. A new focus this year is to adjust routines and patterns. Cool. Although I am enthusiastically jumping into this, I’ve decided to make small changes to help myself along. These changes are small enough that I can do them on easy days and stressful days.
My primary goal for this week is to slow down my eating pace. More mindful eating increases my pleasure and makes me feel more satisfied. This will be a challenge at work, and there I will figure out some strategies.
The program suggests for January’s change in routine, is to eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal or snack. I find this easy, enjoyable, and something I have never tried before. So far, so good!
December’s change in routine is to pack a snack. This is to help ward off the temptation to buy something at Cinnabon. This may be just a bit more difficult for me, but I’ll give it a try. I don’t tend to eat impulsively when I’m out. But then substituting something healthy for buttered popcorn at the movies does seem smart.
Water, water, and more water. Yep, this can be very good. I’m not a soda drinker, but I do prefer sparkling waters. It’s a fizz thing, not a sweet thing. The change would be to cut back on coffee and just amp up the water intake. On work days, I drink G2, low calorie Gatorade because I tend to “glow” at work when running about. I probably won’t change this work habit.
So I think gentle changes can make a difference. Mostly, if I think too big, I tend to not be successful. So here’s to a new year!!