I have already dealt with The Usual Suspects:
- I don't drink my calories. I don't drink regular (or diet soda) except on the very rare occasion. I don't drink juice. I usually stick to calorie-free beverages or coffee with a tablespoon of half and half (20 calories or 0.5 points per tablespoon). Fancy coffee drinks like lattes are also a rare treat.
- I pretend like McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, KFC, and the like just don't exist. I have eaten fast food maybe twice in the last year.
- I don't keep cookies, ice cream, cake, etc. in the house. On rare occasion, I will go out for one of these things and enjoy it. I don't bother with low-calorie substitutes like Skinny Cows and Vitatops.
- I exercise almost every day, usually walking or running.
Every skinny person I have ever met restricts food and counts calories, formally or informally. I think that's what it takes.
It can feel like a struggle, though. When I go to the Weight Watchers boards for help, almost every day there is someone who is claiming that they can't eat all of their points. Almost no one admits that they have trouble staying within their points. I don't know why I let this bother me, but it does. I can't work out any way that it would be easy to stay within a 23-point daily limit, and some people have limits that are even lower, down to 18.
How did people who don't have any trouble eating less end up on Weight Watchers in the first place? It's truly a mystery to me. Geneen Roth says that in her workshops, there are people who love limits and people who are very uncomfortable with restriction. Obviously I am in the second category, and probably the people who are complaining that Weight Watchers isn't hard enough are in the first, right? Or maybe they're just very all-or-nothing.
Just musing a little here. I'm trying to fight off the discouraged feeling that I am the only person who struggles. When I think realistically, though, Weight Watchers would not be such a successful business if most people saw the rules and said, "No problem," and happily counted their way right to goal, no struggle involved.
Maybe I'm just too honest.