This is how it got started...
For the past several years, I have been unhappy with my weight. Through watching Dr. Phil, I've discovered that I am an "emotional eater". I eat when I'm tired. I eat when I'm nervous. I eat when I'm bored. I eat when I'm sad, stressed, annoyed, etc. Maybe I should have started my post "My name is Brandi, and I'm a food -aholic". I want to eat to live, not live to eat. That's one of the main reasons why I'm here. For me, it isn't about a new-years resolution, it's more like a new life resolution. I don't know exactly what happened, but something in me just clicked and a little over a week ago, I told my husband "I think I want to start weight watchers". Now, me being a VERY lucky women, I had the immediate support from him. The next day, I called to find out more information, and the day after that, I began my journey!
During my first meeting, they gave us our materials, told us the basics of the "points" system, talked to us a little about how the program works, then told us to write down 10 things we learned throughout this week, from tracking our points*. So, without further ado, here's my list:
- When I'm tracking my points, I'm a lot less likely to pop a tootsie roll, or an m&m, or anything at all, because I don't want to account for those points.
- I'm used to eating things that I thought were good for me, when in fact they aren't.
- My biggest culprit: 16 oz. coke= 8 points. YOUCH!! (sometimes I would have 3 in a day)
- When you go to the grocery store, bring your point finder. It's very helpful when making decisions about what to put in the grocery cart in the first place!
- It's nice to know that I can have "filler foods" in my diet. Things like strawberries, mushrooms, peppers, lettus, spinach, blueberries; all have 0 points.
- Ranch dressing is 4 points for 2 Tbs.. If you are only working with 24 points in a day, you will find it best to steer clear of regular ranch. Fat free ranch, on the other hand, only has 1 point for 2 Tbs.
- I checked the website of one of my favorite restaurants for nutritional values so that I could make a healthful decision about what to eat for dinner BEFORE we left the house. Before I checked their website, I was planning on ordering an eggplant Parmesan, however, that dish had 19 points. (and that's assuming I'm NOT going to have a bread stick or soup with my meal) I ended up choosing a Parmesan crusted talapia for only 13 points. Then I had enough points left over to eat soup and a bread stick as well!
- I'm learning to check the points before I eat it, that way, I can make sure I want to spend my points on that food.
- Careful planning allowed me to have a package of reeses peanut butter cups during a movie night.
- Speaking of movie night, I learned that 1 cup of multi grain cherios has only 1 point. I like the crunch and slight sweetness this cereal provides. So, I packed a cup of them in my purse to have in leu of popcorn at the movies!
*all foods we eat are given a points value in the weight watchers program. Tracking your points, basically means writing down everything we eat and calculating the number of points the food contains.