Just to keep you all updated, I have made some slight revisions to my Weight Watchers plan. I have come to the personal decision that counting points day in a day out for everything that I consume was a little too unrealistic. I just don't have the time -- or energy -- for that. Since I know myself pretty well, after thinking about it I came to the conclusion that going about this wouldn't really help me all that much; but rather it would hurt me.
First of all...I knew that if I really went ahead with this, I would get so fed up with all the points-counting that I would get so frustrated and then just throw in the towel altogether. Plus, I don't really want to be constantly thinking about food...thinking about how many points this is and that is and how many I have left (or don't have left) by the time supper rolls around. I would turn into a food-obsessor and that's not healthy!! Plus, it just involves too much planning and thinking through ahead of time and I just knew that it wasn't what was going to work for me.
BUT -- I am NOT quitting!! I got lots of encouragement from my original announcement, and I'd like to say that I am still doing very well. I have just decided to take a different approach. I still want to use the points system as a loose guide -- just to check up on myself to make sure I'm not eating too many "high points" items. But really I just want to concentrate on portion control, eating a healthier balance (you know...following the Canada Food Guide -- it's pretty simple and you really get to eat a lot of food following that; you just need to focus on the right balance of foods) and of course excercising (this, I have to admit, has yet to happen though...the only day I would've been able to do it though was on Thursday, and after my rough experience the day before, I wanted to take it easy on myself -- which I think is pretty fair). But come Monday...NO EXCUSES!! Another big thing I am trying to conquer is not snacking before bed. I will pretty much eat before bed every night without fail. But, NOT ANYMORE!! I have now gone three evenings in a row without snacking. It's not much, but it's a start.
And...something I am VERY proud of -- I passed on a doughnut today!! Every other Friday one of the supervisors brings in doughnuts for his department and then whoever wants one after that. Well, without fail I dive in and pick out the most chocolately one I can find!! Well, today was the exception. I looked at them, atomatically went to grab one and then STOPPED MYSELF. I told myself I would not have a doughnut today. And it was hard -- they were sitting right beside the fax machine/photocopier, which I use about 50 times a day. And everytime I went by them, the chocolatey one calling my name was still there. The doughnut selection slowly dwindled until there was just that one delicious Bismark left. I could've said "Hey Andrea -- this is a sign. It's the last one left...just go ahead and treat yourself." But I didn't. In fact, I specifically requested someone to eat it for me so that my temptation would be removed Hmmm...for some reason it wasn't a difficult request for him to follow through on.).
It's only one small victory -- but it's progress...one decision at a time.