Where's Your Brain?

At a work meeting the other day, one of our contract workers came eating a salad, which led to a conversation with weight loss, which led to the discovery that she's doing Weight Watchers.

She was confused that the Weight Watchers Online Recipe Builder had given her salad a much higher point value than it would of listing things individually.  I explained to her, which I will explain to all of you out there:

THE RECIPE BUILDER IS FOR MULTI-SERVING RECIPES

Secondly....the recipe builder builds by the nutrition label of the item, not by points.  In other words...if you put in an apple it's going to look at the fat, carbs, fiber, protein and assign a point value to it.  So even though Weight Watchers tells you to count an apple as 0 points...it's only 0 points because Weight Watchers is telling you that, it actually may have a point value if you calculate out the items above!  So use the recipe builder for actual recipes that have several servings.  If you have a one serving meal that you eat regularly - list each item separately on the tracker and then "save as a meal".  That way you won't have to input each item separately each time.

Another person in the room (who for the past year and a half has questioned me on Weight Watchers) asked..."But how long did it take you to get use to eating like that?"

That's a very good question and probably very common.  I don't know if you ever really get "use to it", I think it more or less becomes habit.  You've taught yourself portions, healthier options, and a treat/splurge now and then.  I never really answered her question because the conversation went elsewhere, but I can answer it here.

Your brain must truly be in the right mind set to lose weight.  For years I knew I needed to lose weight.  I knew it, my doctor knew it, everyone around me knew it whether they said something or not.  But I didn't lose, I kept gaining.  I'd try, cheat and fail.

I'd like to tell you that I had an AH-HA moment, but I didn't.  At least two months prior to starting Weight Watchers I kept telling myself to go to a meeting.  I'd be all prepped to go and talk my way out of it on my way there.  It wasn't until CC and I discussed doing it together that I was able to get through those doors.  She helped me get passed that one little thing in my head that kept holding me back...I don't know what that was either but once my brain was totally "right for weight loss"...I was able to do it, succeed and continue.

Now you might be saying to yourself "Yeah, but that doesn't really answer the question.  Was it days, weeks, months?"

Actually I did answer the question.  ""But how long did it take you to get use to eating like that?"    If you're concerned with how long a diet is going take, then your brain isn't where it needs to be yet!

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