Wow, I knew it'd been a while since I'd posted, but didn't realize how long! Thank you, everyone, for dropping by.
Last weekend I was cleaning out a box of junk I'd found, and there was my packet of Weight Watchers material, including my weigh-ins. That was back in 2003. I had gone from about 150 to 130, but I couldn't maintain it because in my mind, I was always thinking about how much "bad" food I could get away with using my allotted points. Definitely not the right mental state for staying at my goal weight!
One thing I do miss though was the weekly weigh-ins and meetings. It was tough facing up to the scale sometimes, but it kept me focused. And being able to meet with so many others who were traveling down the same path was wonderful. I felt I was in good company. I think that's why I keep coming back to these boards -- the inspiration, support, and camaraderie of all the folks in this community, working towards similar goals of good health.
So new plan -- I will weigh in every Friday and I will read/post at least once a week. My version of the weekly meetings I enjoyed previously.
Today's weight: 213.0 -- down 3.8 since Feb 1.
Preparing meals and following the program was easier this week. I made it a priority, for one. Planning ahead for not only meals, but snacks too. With this WOE, I find that I get hungry again sooner, so snacks are important to keep me from running for the junk food.
One of the problems I've always had is that if I get the impulse or craving to eat something, I *HAD* to eat it. But I'm starting to find that I can talk myself out of most of my unhealthy impulses/cravings. For example, I love the Broccoli in Garlic Sauce at a local Chinese restaurant. Loaded with oil, of course. I got the idea in my head last night that it would be a great treat for my lunch today since it's been a while since I had it. I mean, my mouth actually started watering! And then just a few seconds later I thought, "Maybe there's a recipe online that I can modify instead..." Sure enough, I've found several recipes, and now I'm looking forward to trying them out to see if I can create a healthier substitute. I'm amazed that I was able to do that, channel my craving into something better for me.
I'm just a little bit more hopeful now that I can get healthy again.