I hope you all had a nice Halloween and didn’t splurge on too much candy! We picked up two bags at the very last minute yesterday (so it wasn’t hanging out at home with me) and set up a nice little station on the porch for trick-or-treaters. I was looking forward to handing out candy for the very first time but, as luck would have it, the weather took a severe turn for the worse and we only had 2 kids stop by all night! Josh is under strict instructions to get all of the candy OUT of this house today! I had my four little pieces (1pt each) and declared it enough!
Since we are rapidly approaching the holiday season, or in it if you choose to look at it that way, I thought I would share some of my favorite tips and tricks of weight loss. In our Weight Watchers meeting on Wednesday some of the lifetime members came up to the front of the class and shared what has worked for them and helped them not only meet their goal weight, but stay there. These tips, coupled with a few that I have implemented since joining, seem to really help so I thought it was worth sharing!
1. If you bite it, write it. – Tracking is SO important, as is writing down the portion you are consuming. Tracking “popcorn” is not equivalent to tracking “3 cups of popcorn.” The WW app forces you to add in portions, which is good for someone like me, but if you keep a paper food journal be extra diligent about staying honest with yourself! One of the lifetime members in class mentioned that she has tracked every day since meeting her goal weight and credits it with keeping her accountable.
2. Shake up your exercise routine – I am guilty of doing the same ol’ workout every time i go to the gym but lately I have really been trying to push myself out of my comfort zone. At the end of the day it is all about calories but it definitely can’t hurt to keep your body guessing. Plus, you may find something you like!
3. Sneak in a little more movement – If exercise isn’t your thing, I get it. Not everyone loves to “feel the burn” but making a small change to just move around a little more can make a big difference(or so they say). I believe this if for no other reason than your body has to burn calories when you are expending energy moving around versus chilling in a chair.
3. Portion control, portion control, portion control – My nemesis. I am a volume eater, always have been and always will be. When I get fed up with my weight, this is one of the first steps I take to get in control again. My measuring spoons now live in the same draw as my silverware so that I have no excuse not to use them.
4. Eat the least processed item on the menu when ordering at a restaurant - This was another tip I picked up at my meeting and it really stuck with me. The less processed the food, the less chance the restaurant probably had to doctor it up with cheese, oil, and whatever other hidden calorie bombs they can find.
So those are some of the tips I picked up from my meeting along with what I have been implementing in my day to day life. I am three weeks into the program and feeling like my old self again! I have lost weight at every weight in. I hesitate to even write about how I’ve been doing because I don’t want to jinx myself.
Do you have any other tips to share?