Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Feedback

As I said yesterday, my track record of tracking (and therefore, following the Weight Watchers program) has been pretty lousy in the last week or so. I was up a little again this week, which means that I am now just three pounds below my starting weight on August 25. I'm actually a little annoyed with both my ticker and the Weight Watchers tracker because I can't set that as a start date and see my progress since then.

If I can lose two pounds this week, I could finally get that five-pound star, and my weight loss would average a pound a week. The new iPhone app is making tracking a little less tedious, which is helping. The other thing I need to do, which was the topic of today's meeting, is to stop eating for reasons other than hunger.

Simple, right? If I'm not hungry, I shouldn't be eating. I shouldn't be eating because I am watching TV, or because I'm bored, or because I hate grading papers, or because I'm feeling down.

Staying on top of the tracking helps. I'm going to start putting things in the tracker before I eat them whenever possible, because it might make me think a little more about what I really want.

I came home after my meeting and had one of my lunch wraps. This one had one of the last homegrown tomatoes, along with avocado, 1/4 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, 1 tsp. olive oil, and salt and pepper. It was 7.5 points for the sandwich, so I just had a fresh veggie salad with no dressing to go with it.

I have to say, it's really hard getting through a day on 22 points. The online tools keep a tally of your average daily and weekly points -- I average closer to 37 points a day, which may be why I'm not losing more successfully, especially when you consider that I didn't count at all on some of the worse days.

My leader said to focus on reframing one bad habit this week, so I am going to reframe my habit of not counting as a way to give myself the ability to play fast and loose with the plan. It makes me feel freer and gives me a chance to eat things that are hard to fit in on plan, but it also means that my weight loss is compromised. I am going to make an effort to get a little activity in to give myself more freedom, and to focus more on choosing more healthy foods that taste great, like my sandwich today.

By the way, lvlc, I totally agree with you that the eTools (and therefore, use of the iPhone app) should be free to Lifetime members at goal, as long as they keep weighing in monthly. It seems like that would be an easy incentive for them to provide to keep Lifetimers coming back, which is good for WW and good for the Lifetimers.

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