Back in December, I decided I was starting fresh with Weight Watchers -- I was going to act like a newbie and start following the program to the letter, exactly as it was designed. I had some serious success, too, until I started to slip back into old habits. Guesstimating portions too generously, going over my points, waiting to journal until the end of the day when it was too late to make adjustments. All the usual suspects.
So far, I've gotten away with it. I haven't had any serious gains. But I also saw my progress flatten out, until I went away to New York City and got out of my routine for a while. My routine seems to be a big part of the problem, because my routine is too much snacking and not enough meal planning. And takeout. I tend to be a United Nations of food -- some of my favorites include Lebanese, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Indian, Mexican, even Bulgarian. Too bad there isn't such a thing as a food passport, because mine would be full of stamps.
So it's time to get back that beginner's mind and straighten up and fly right again. A course correction is in order. For today, I have a lunch packed, including one of those microwaveable soup containers -- I have never taken soup for lunch and am nervous I won't like it, but the ingredients all look good, and it's only 3 points for the whole thing. It's minestrone, how bad can it be?
I also bought a new crock pot cookbook, Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook, which was on sale at Kroger's and has fabulous-looking bean, vegetable, and whole grain recipes. So I can be lazy and still eat well, if I take the time to do a little planning.
It's not a bad time to do a little spring cleaning for the routine. I'm going to be wearing shorts and bathing suits soon. Besides, it's healthier for my body and my wallet to eat at home more. Are any of the rest of you doing any course corrections to get ready for summer?