Here are some things I’ve learned along the way:

  • Journal.  Write everything down!!!  You’d be amazed how much you eat without even thinking about it.  Write it down so you can track what you eat.  This will give you something to look back on when you have a bad week and don’t loose.  One week I didn’t loose and couldn’t figure out why!  I had been making good choices, measuring everything.  Then I realized I wasn’t eating enough (go figure!).  My body was in starvation mode.  Even write down all those BLT ~ Bites, Licks, and Tastes. They add up.
  • Portion control.  This is so very very important.  The first thing I ever measured was my usual bowl of cereal.  It was cheerios and skim milk.  How could that be bad, right?  Well, my bowl was huge and I filled it to the rim every time.  I was eating 3 portions at one meal!!!  For anyone who’s done Weight Watchers, I was eating 1/2 of my daily points in a bowl of cereal.  That was a huge eye opener for me.  I still measure everything!!!  I even weigh my meats since the portions are in ounces.  This is what I was talking about when I said to educate yourself.  I really had no idea what one portion of anything was.
  • Don’t deprive yourself.  You will feel mad and resentful and you will not stick with any plan if you have to give up something enjoyable.  This is a lifestyle change.  Its something you will have to do forever, so you better make find a way to have what you want.  I have found that I love to bake.  So you can usually find some sort of baked goodies in my house all the time.  But they are only Weight Watcher recipes, divided into precut portions that I work into my daily points.  My neighbor also benefits because she usually ends up with half of whatever I make!  Just the other night I had a brownie sundae and it was awesome!!!
  • Jolly Time 100 calorie kettle corn microwave popcorn has saved my life!  I can eat the whole flipping bag for only 1 Weight Watcher point!  It allows me to munch and get that sweet and salty fix, but still be low in calories and high in fiber.  I can’t say enough about it.  This helped me break my bad habits of munching on potato chips, etc…
  • Experiment with food.  I fix nothing but Weight Watcher recipes now, not only because they are healthy and I will know the points, but because they taste really really good.  There is so muchvariety, and they are so fresh.  When I grocery shop now, over half of my shopping cart is produce.  I love love love fresh fruit and vegetables and herbs.  I crave them!!!  Two years ago, I would’ve said you were out of you mind if you told me I would be saying these things now.  I recently went to a friends house for dinner and she tried so hard to make something healthy for me.  It was so nasty!  It was what I used to think of as typical diet food.  Plain baked chicken, a plain bag of thawed frozed mixed vegetables and plain mashed potatoes.  Yuck!  Don’t cook like that…don’t do that to yourself.  No wonder so many of us have a hard time.  We think thats what we have to eat.