With it being January, I’ve been thinking all month about those who are just getting started on Weight Watchers or maybe getting back on track or needing a fresh start. I looked back over the last year and made a list of the things that I have learned or that have helped me in my journey. I did not learn each of these overnight or all at one time……I learned them one at a time and they became like building blocks stacking up over time.
*Track everything you eat/drink – its been proven that you will eat 30-50% more if you don’t track. I love to use the dietSNAPS app because I am reminded of what I ate and I get to SEE everything I’m eating throughout the day. I can also keep track of my supplements/medicines, workouts, my mood, etc. The possibilities are endless!
*Remember this is NOT a diet – it is your new healthy lifestyle!
*Just replace or focus on one thing a day – i.e., drink all your water, or track everything, or get in all your veggies/fruit, or get your exercise in
*Use the Good Health Guidelines – it helps ensure you are getting all the nutrients that you need.
*Make a perpetual favorite foods list – I wish I had started this one in the beginning – but I made a list a while back and I refer back to it pretty often when I’m not feeling motivated.
*Get a sharpie and mark all your food labels in your pantry and fridge with the PP values– this keeps you from having to look it up every time.
*Be sure and plan for your favorite treats & indulgences! When you plan for it you can enjoy it and move on instead of feeling guilty and beating yourself up for eating it. Its a mentality shift that keeps YOU in control.
*Get in some form of exercise – walking for 20 minutes is better than nothing! Find a workout you love and you will be motivated to workout. Also find a workout partner to keep you accountable.
*Make sure your getting your fruits and veggies in each day – I try to eat 2 servings of fruit and at least 3 servings of veggies a day.
*Don’t be afraid to try new recipes! We have found some great recipes that we now love and are on our favorite foods list. Use e-tools, other blogs, or Google to find recipes. Some of my favorite recipe blogs are Gina’s SkinnyTaste, AllRecipes, Green Lite Bites, The Sisters Cafe, Our Best Bites, Tasty Kitchen, Danica’s Daily, and Hungry Girl just to name a few. (not all have WW points with their recipes but I like using them for ideas- I use the recipe builder in e-tools when I need to figure the points for a recipe)
*Find a buddy!! This is to keep you accountable and for motivation on those days when you just feel like giving up. I would have given up a LONG time ago had I not had Lexy and Cyndi to check in with and help me just stick it out. I am so glad I did! 😉
*Own your weigh in each week and don’t be afraid of the scale – Use it as a tool to learn from not to beat yourself up with – and then move on. Remember it takes 3 weeks for your body to adapt and then you should be loosing an AVERAGE of 1/2 pound – 2 pounds a week.
*Attend your weekly WW meetings for ideas & motivation – I have gotten some of the best inspiration, motivation, and ideas from other members at my meetings!!
*You can’t eat it if you don’t buy it – keep the junk food out of your house and keep your pantry stocked with good and healthy snacks and foods. If its not in your house, you can’t eat it.
*Trust the program – it works! Just give it time. Remember if you only half do the plan, you’ll only get half the results. 😉
*Enjoy the Journey!! Every day that you make a healthy choice or change – you are changing and transforming your body and life so just enjoy the journey!!
*Adopt a Motto – Mine is……Just Keep on Keeping On. 😉
I found some other articles that might be helpful like WW Advice for Newbies and 7 Small Steps to a Healthier You. I also liked How to Set a Goal and Stick to It to help me set new goals for this month and new year.
Hope this helps you like it does me!! 😉
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