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D20 Tomorrow Is Weigh-In Day & My Last Day With The Traveling Tracker!

It's Tuesday night which means tomorrow is Weight-Watcher-Wednesday and I had a FANTASTIC week! Food wise I was awesome; I stuck to my DPT every day except Sunday but I was only over by 1, does that even count!? Since I had the Traveling Tracker this week I planned my week entire week on Wednesday and though I intended to stick to it I ended up using it more as a guide than a strict outline for my week. It was mostly dinners that I ended up switching for one reason or another. Whether my wife didn't want what was planned, or the thing I planned on eating had rotted (love when that happens!) I ended up needing to make a change a couple times last minute. But because I had already planned my day and figured out the points I was able to make those swaps without undoing all my hard work :)

I really loved having the Traveling Tracker! I loved writing everything down for the week and seeing it all at a glance and I loved knowing (for the most part) what was for dinner and not having to try to figure it out every morning only to settle for a can of soup. I also loved that I was able to write down any challenges for the week so I could prepare for them by earning AP's and saving WP's. I know it's a little "old fashioned" to write everything down when I can track on my phone but tracking on my phone is so easy and effortless that it makes overeating easy and effortless too...when I've got the entire day laid out I know that I have 6 points set aside for breakfast, 8 for lunch and 10 for dinner and I know HOW I'm going to spend those points; I also know that on a certain day I may have something like a party and therefore I need to save some of my WP's or earn a few extra AP's so I can do that instead of the event sneaking up on me and catching me of guard and without points. I have my own 3 Month Plan & Track somewhere that I'm going to try to find and start using again and if I can't find it I'll buy a new one. It's worth it for me and it's something that has definitely helped me this week.

I used to think that the longer I was on Weight Watchers and the closer I got to goal the less I'd need to plan. I used to think that as time went on my healthy habits would be second nature and I'd be able to stop doing the things that I was doing as a Weight Watcher Newbie. I thought someday I'd be so experienced and such a pro that I wouldn't need to do things like weigh, measure and track...or IF I did those things I wouldn't need to pre-plan the way I do now, but that's not the case. And that's OK. 
When I first started Weight Watchers and I was weighing, measuring, tracking, planning and felt like I was eating, sleeping and breathing Weight Watchers I thought to myself "it's OK. It's only temporary. It's only to get me started." and then I lost a few pounds and I told myself "just a little longer...I just want to lose a little more" and then I did just what I had planned. I let go of the reigns a little and allowed myself a little more freedom and as the slack got looser my pants got tighter and I realized that GUESS WHAT...weighing, measuring, tracking and planning...eating, breathing and sleeping Weight Watchers...IT WORKS. And even though it sounds overwhelming and even though it sounds like a lot it's really not.

It took me less than 20 minutes on Wednesday evening to plan my ENTIRE week and it takes me about 5 minutes at the end of every night to punch it all into my phone. And because I took less than an hour (combined) out of my entire week to track what I ate I feel good and I feel successful. I don't know what will happen tomorrow night on the scale but as I've said before, the scale is only one measure of my success. I ate well this week, stayed within my DPT, worked out, earned 16 (so far, but plans to workout tomorrow morning!) AP''s been a great week and it all started on Wednesday evening when I made the choice to track my week.

If you had asked me when I first started my journey if I'd be dedicating this much time to Weight Watchers after I'd been on this journey for a while, and down a lot I'd probably tell you "hell no!" but now that I have been on this journey for 4 years and I am down 93.8 pounds I can stand here and say that Weight Watchers is a part of my life now; a big part and it always will be. For me, this works. Others might see it as too much work but I think I'm worth the work! Truthfully, the more I do it the less I think of it as work and the more I enjoy it. It feels good to take care of myself, make myself a priority and though others may see it as too much work, overwhelming, time consuming or a nuisance to put so much effort into their diet every week I find it comforting, reassuring and cathartic. Maybe I'm just weird but I figured that I have 2 options: be fat and unhealthy or embrace the fact that to be fit and healthy I'll need to work for it. 



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