Choices

One week ago, I started my Weight Watchers journey. I thought now would be a good time to let you know my thoughts.

The main thing that I am struck with is the power of choices.

See, Weight watchers gives you a certain number of points per day plus bonus points per week. You can eat whatever you want as long as you stay within those numbers. The app is amazing for tracking, making it easy to both look up items and track them from your phone. Since I use my phone for just about everything, this is very helpful.

So here’s where the choices come in… there are plenty of zero point foods (fruits, most veggies, and some lean meats like chicken breast). You can build a meal around those foods, then add in extras to make it taste amazing using your points, ie. chicken and broccoli (0 pts) with panda express teriyaki sauce (4 pts). Yum.

Then, when you have a craving and really want something…well, you can have it. If you count the points.

I’ve spent the last six months saying “I just can’t control it. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.” and “I just want to eat all the things.” Among many other worse things that I speak to myself when feeling frustrated.

Now, I have choices. If I really, really, want a coke… fine, but count the points. You really want chicken nuggets from Chick Fil A? Ok, count the points. If I use my points on junk, then I need to make up for it the rest of the day by eating zero or low point foods. The choice is mine. No more closing the eyes and shoveling food in. It’s a conscious decision.

Nothing is off limits… as long as you count it. I like that. I like knowing that I can eat something if I really want it… and I decide before hand if it’s worth it or not.

The other thing that WW has done for me this week is force me to be honest with myself. Honest with how often I’ve been eating fast food and junk. Honest with how often I eat when not hungry. Honest with the amount of food I’ve been eating at meals.

I did go to Chick Fil A this week and chose a grilled chicken sandwich with Honey Roasted BarBQ sauce for 7 pts total. Out of curiosity, I plugged in to calculate what my normal meal at Chick Fil A would be – Chicken sandwich, large fries, a few sauces, and coke… Over 56 points. In one meal. No wonder I am struggling with my health.

These have been my two ah-ha moments this week. I have power over the choices I make, even when it comes to food… and I am being honest with myself over the eating habits that I am working to now break.

It’s a great start.

Having said that, I also lost 6.4 pounds. Even better.

I hesitate to even share these things though because in the past, I’ve gotten off to great starts before… then failed. I’ve lost weight before… then gained it back. It makes me feel… hypocritical. Saying I’m doing so well this week when I know my past says failure is coming soon.

The only thing I can say is many of us, many of you, have been in the same situation. Often, we start something new and then fail. Over and over again. Then, we get so afraid of failing… we never begin again. That is the only failure.

So, I’m going to share my journey… again. Week One – Done.

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