Thursday, October 1, 2009

Lighten Up

It's been a crazy few weeks, thus making it really difficult for me to stay focused on my weight loss efforts. I'm still going to kickboxing 2-3 times a week, but I haven't been tracking my Weight Watcher points as usual. I'm so close to my goal now too.

As you may have gathered from my "Party of One" post, I am an emotional eater. I eat when I'm happy. I eat when I'm sad. I eat when I'm feeling stressed and anxious. It's been at my current stint at WW meetings, that the light bulb finally went off, and I realized that I look to food to comfort me, when there is no one else to. I recognize it but I do not have full control over it.

I recognize that I'm doing it now, and this new self-awareness is something I'm very grateful for because it has reigned me in, and I haven't done too much damage this time. See, we Weight Watchers follow a point system. I get my daily allotment of points, which are based on my weight and then get to add 5 extra points because I'm breastfeeding my son. Woo Hoo!!! And boy, do they come in handy. Especially for me, someone who has been nicknamed, "Snacks" by my 4-year old daughter.

Lately, I've been tracking the points in my head and not typing them in on my online tracker.  This has made for some creative point counting. When I use my online tracker, the point values of the foods that I'm eating are automatically subtracted from my daily allotment, and the number of points I have left for the day are left staring me right in the face. When I count in my head, I very conveniently "forget" some points that I've used up over the course of the day. A sandwich I may have valued at 7 points at lunch time, magically becomes 5 points at late night snack time. I think this is pretty common too among my fellow Weight Watchers.

I am recommitting myself this week and am going to try and bring back the things that have been working for me for the past 8 months. Now, this is not to say that there will not be many, many more blog posts describing "food parties" for one, as I am a work in progress.

I thought that it would be fun though, to share with you, some of the tips and tricks and creative food swaps that have been working for me in my future blog posts.

I'd love to hear about your Adventures in dieting too!!! Please leave any comments, funny stories, tips or tricks that you would like to share in the comments section of my blog.

side note..some friends have told me that they are having problems when trying to leave a comment on my blog. From what I understand you need to either sign up for a Google account, or leave a comment anonymously. You can always sign your name in the body of your "anonymous" comment, if you don't want to sign up for a Google account. Looking forward to hearing from you.


  1. Emotional eaters UNITE!!

    My questionable points calculating includes my ridiculous rule that if I made the food to blog about it, it doesn't count at all :-) Note three chunky slices of potato rosemary bread, spread with brie, for my next post.

    When I submit a comment a comment, it takes two attempts. I press Post Comment and it says I can't. I press it again and it gives me the prompt to type in the " safety code," you know, those silly words to make sure I am not a spam program. Anyway, I thought I would offer that in case it helps anyone... try two times!

  2. Thanks Emily. You made me smile with your post and I loved Emotional eaters UNITE!

    mmmm, potato rosemary bread, spread with brie?! - now that sounds amazing!!!! I don't know if I would have been able to stop at 3 slices! I am very much looking forward to your next post. I started with sweets yesterday because,although, of course, what's not to like about sweets, if I don't get started I can stay away. It's the bread and the savory foods that I cannot resist.

    Thanks for also letting me, and those who want to post, know about what you have been experiencing with the comments section on my site. I appreciate that so much.

    Thinking of you.

  3. Im trying to reply again- this is a test...this is only a