Day Ninety-Two…

My Weight Watchers Weekly is all about planning for the holidays…

Planning for the holidays...
Holidays, family, and food it’s a trifecta!

Basically, it is so easy to overeat and derail weight loss goals during the holidays. Just yesterday, I asked my sister for our mother’s cream cheese cookie recipe. I was thinking about how pretty those little trifold cookies look. They are creamy white with pops of colorful jam or marmalade filling.

That is a taste I miss this time of year. A taste that brings me back to my mother’s kitchen. I see rolling pins and a waxy plastic sheet she would unroll and sprinkle flour over like snow. The TV would play softly in the background, The Bishop’s Wife with Carry Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven. There would be blocks of Philadelphia Cream Cheese waiting, spoons, and mixers, measuring cups, and tins lined with wax paper. This is Christmas to me.

Emotions run high during the holidays and it’s easy to understand how overeating can happen. So, to be proactive, Weight Watchers shares a strategy that can be used whether you’re a Weight Watcher or not. I look at it like a 3/2/1 countdown to success. I changed it a little from the materials. I added the last part myself…

3. If you overindulge follow these three steps: 

  1. Track what you ate on paper or the app (wink wink from yesterday’s post)
  2. Plan what you will eat next
  3. Get rid of tempting foods that may trigger you to lose control.

2. Try to avoid these episodes next time:

  1. Think about any get-togethers or parties that are coming up
  2. Decide on a strategy you will use, like taking pictures of the foods you eat or eating before you leave the house so you’re not hungry.

1. Name it: when you’re tempted or if you catch yourself losing control:

  • Ask: What am I feeling right at this moment? Then separate the feeling from eating the food.

The cookies are not the special thing, the memories of my mother are. The cookies connect me to the happy days of my childhood, and they bring e back those memories in a tangible way. I can’t have those moments back, but I can taste the cookies. You see what I mean?

So say yes to holiday traditions and foods you love because that is an important thing to do. Just don’t derail what you want for today – because you can have that too. Hope this post finds you well and feeling empowered. More tomorrow…


P.S. My thoughtful child decided it would be nice to break open the pumpkin for the animals to eat rather than to throw it away. I agree! I have smart kids.

Day Ninety-One…

Autumn came with harvest moons, pumpkins, and cinnamon brooms. It came with cranberries, turkey, and stuffing.  It came with mountain paths, boots, and jackets. And now, it is saying “Goodbye”

My pumpkin friend
Farewell to Fall 2017

I know that technically it is still autumn, but the world has turned further away from the sun and everywhere we are saying hello to winter.

The holiday season has begun, and I find myself feeling very good about where I am on my weight loss journey. Today was weigh-in-day I lost 3.8 pounds this week. That puts me at 8 pounds away from my lowest weight since almost a year ago:

Data on me
This is just another source of information to give me some insight as to my journey.

I celebrated my weight-loss with a little shopping (I now fit into a new size) and I ordered some delicious  Chinese food (14sp) for dinner. Yes, you heard me, I can do this and still eat foods I love:

This brings me to something I’m thinking about. Weight Watchers is in the process of adjusting their plan. I have mixed emotions on this because  I am so happy with my results just following the plan as it is.  On the other hand, if I regard myself as a life-long learner then I need to be flexible and embrace the new. Although today I felt pretty upset when I tried to use my WW app and I got this:

Why so cheerful?
This guy gave me a pang of panic.

For a moment I felt overwhelmed thinking, “Oh no!” Then I remembered my friend Rose, who was sporting very cute boots today, and imagined what she might say, “Hey look, so you just use a pen and get on with it.”  So I picked up my pen and tracked on a piece of paper. Then, I made a strategy to take pictures of my foods and paper track for the rest of the day (if needed)  What is a little unnerving was how quickly I was ready to forfeit my power.  An app is a tool, not a magic bullet. I am the one who is making the weight loss happen. This made me feel much better.

Looks like winter is here
Hello Winter…

I am sending you my warmest wishes as the weather turns cold. I hope that you are doing well on the journey. You can do this, just because other people have failed that doesn’t have to be your story. More tomorrow…