Half a year of dieting and what do I have to show for it? The holidays arrived and I had trouble with them, as you might expect. I have also begun to forget to track my meals. That can be fatal. Tracking your food intake is important. You might not think that it is, but if you are not tracking it, you are not always aware of it. That’s the problem. Just track the food you eat and you will find yourself eating a little less. I try to stay under my budget of twenty-six points a day. That’s using the Weight Watcher’s® point system. It does help. They have added a new feature to the online version. It’s a chat service that’s available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. I don’t know that I will utilize that. I don’t use the tools that were there before, except the tracking tools.
Perhaps that is why I am having issues now. Losing weight is going to get harder going forward as I approach the line between obese and overweight. I was hoping to meet the New Year as just overweight, but I have accepted that that is not going to happen. I am disappointed, but not discouraged. I can do this. I can get to my target weight. It’s just going to take concentration. I have to learn to ignore the snacks ads on TV. I need to allow myself an occasional snack, adequately planned for and proportioned. Moderation is the key.
In the Weight Watcher’s point system, a candy cane is around two points. Before you indulge, ask yourself whether the snack you are about to eat is worth the points. Fudge is two to four points per piece, depending on what kind you have. For the record, sugar cookies are three to four points each. Just check the point values out in advance and you will be able to allow yourself the treat. Just keep it simple and keep the portions small.
I use the Weight Watchers online tracking tool to track my food intake, which I can access from my phone or computer. Just enter the food, click search and it tells you how many points of your budget you will use by consuming the meal or treat. The tracking tool lets you create meals that you might eat more often and that makes it easier to enter them.
Thinking of the weight watchers points or calories as a budget helps. It does for me anyway. Your method may work better for you. Whatever method you are using to lose weight, keep it up during the holidays. You can get through them and keep losing. Don’t sweat it if you gain during the holidays. Losing weight is not easy, but it is worth the effort in the long run. Keep going and you will thank yourself when you are healthier and happier.
Good luck in your diet and have a good and healthy New Year.