How to Get Started (or Back on Track!)

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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 BitesThe 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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About Carman

36 year old military wife of 18 years and stay at home mom to 4 incredible kids (3 girls ages 17, 11, 11 and our son is 6). After my 4th, and final baby, I decided I wanted to be more active, healthier, happier, and to be an example to my kids. I joined Weight Watchers and started using the Points Plus program to learn portion control, moderation, and develop healthier habits. I also used the dietSNAPS app to track my meals and it was such a life changer for me to literally *see* what I was putting in my body! Cyndi, Lexy and I created this blog to be accountability partners and that has been a huge key to this journey! I love to cook and I love converting my favorite recipes into a healthier version for my family to enjoy! I love the after effects of exercising :) I love challenging myself to fitness goals to change things up and in doing so I have run numerous 5K/10K's, several half marathons, one full 26.2 marathon, and a Tough Mudder. I love circuit training, weight training, and running sprints. My goal is to inspire others to take their health seriously, and to show how small changes can lead to big results.

3 thoughts on “How to Get Started (or Back on Track!)

  1. Gay

    Carman I printed this out! This is sooo GOOD if I would just follow it. LOL Hey, I sent you an email about our visit. When you get time to read it just let me know. You are doing a great job!


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