I didn’t really know what to anticipate when I went to Monday’s Weight Watchers meeting. I did a ton of walking in DC and, of course, there were those 11 miles before I even left, but I also did a ton of eating out and, admittedly, didn’t track everything so I figured I’d be up just a little.
0.8? Puh-leeze. So totally not a big deal. I mean, seriously.
This week’s meeting topic was about making healthy choices and what those choices say about you. We also talked about the importance of tracking. As I follow the Simply Filling Plan, I only have to track the things I eat that aren’t on the Power Foods List but I find that when I track everything I do much better about staying on plan so I’m really, really trying to make an effort to track everything I eat.
But more than that, Carrie mentioned the idea of tracking more than just food.
Oh, sure, we track our exercise so we can get Activity Points. But what about tracking time of day that you eat or hunger level or how you feel (ie: emotions) when reaching for food.
The notion of tracking more than just food stuck with me. Enough that I was still thinking about it when I woke up the next morning. So I made a choice and this week I’m trying something new.
I’m an e-Tools user. I love love love the Weight Watchers app on my phone. I love having the instant access, I love being able to look up things at a moment’s notice, and being able to track foods in seconds.
While the quickness and ease of use is fantastic I also think at this point it’s become second-nature that I track sometimes without really thinking about it. I mean, I know what I’m eating, obviously, but the act of looking something up in e-Tools or my Weight Watchers app is just so quick and fast, it doesn’t require much thought.
Having to actually write down everything I eat makes me more aware of what I’m putting into my mouth. Not just in terms of the food but the quantity, too. Seeing all the Power Food green triangles helps keep me motivated to continue making those choices and reserve my 49 Weekly Points for those foods that are really worth it. It’s really all about the topic of this week’s meeting and making choices and what those choices say about us. I’ve frequently heard Carrie say Is that a choice that will help you get to your goal? and I’m trying to adopt that as a question I ask myself often: Yesterday morning all I wanted to do was stay in my nice warm comfy bed with the cats. But when weighing that against the question, I forced myself out of bed and onto the elliptical.
So this is my little experiment this week. Baby steps. Small changes. They add up.
Speaking of Carrie, this is the second time she has been a sub for our regular leader and I really like her. Maybe even more than the one we usually have. When I eventually inevitably have to find a new meeting I may talk to her and see when and where she leads meetings on a regular basis.
Love from the ashes,