You're a Weight Watcher, right? So of course you track, right? Enthusiastically, completely honestly, nice and neatly, of course, right?
Yeah, me neither.
I do track online with eTools, which is much faster and neater than relying on my handwriting! But I heard some excellent ideas in the last couple of days that may inspire you to pay more attention and refocus on keeping track.
My At Work leader is getting ready for triathlon season, so she has a fighting weight she'd like to get down to. As an experiment she tried this: out of her 29 points, she only wrote down the points toward her Daily Target if it was a Power Food or part of the Good Health Guidelines. Anything else, she took it out of her weeklies. So for example, if she had scrambled eggs with veggies and a low-carb tortilla, she wrote down the eggs and veggies as part of her 29 points, and took the tortilla points out of her weeklies. She said one day, she only had 9 points towards her daily!
Then another member at my At Work mentioned she had gone back to Simply Filling, because she had so many PointsPlus in her target that she felt encouraged to have a treat since she had room for it. But one treat would become another, and another... So I'm considering tracking my normal PointsPlus on paper, but telling my eTools that I'm going to do Simply Filling. Then I'll see how much fun food I'm really eating!
Another idea I got from a friend today: When she goes out and has a glass of wine or some dessert, instead of adding it to her daily Target, she immediately takes it out of her weeklies, even if she's under her target for the day. Her thinking is that those treats shouldn't be part of her daily diet, and taking them out of her weeklies reinforces that. On one hand, it's all kinda fungible, right? If you use an extra 5 points and go into your weeklies, does it really matter whether it was the glass of wine, or a baked potato with dinner? But if it makes her be more selective in treating herself, go for it, right?
If nothing else, all these ideas have me really psyched to start journaling on the fresh week once I get back from our little mini-vacation! I plan not to count points while I'm away, but I will:
- make the best choices I can
- pay attention to hunger signals and try to stop when satisfied
- exercise a whole bunch
- post my food choices to my food Twitter, cfrogfood. It's amazing how telling over 200 people what I'm eating will make me strive to eat better!
I hope these ideas jazz you up. And if you have any of your own to share, please post in the comments!
Crossposted from http://ilostanotherme.posterous.com/some-radical-journaling-ideas