And it's been much simpler then I thought....
I started writing it all down.
Back in 2010 when I started my successful journey with Weight Watchers, there either was no app, only an app for iPhone or I had a stupid phone....I don't remember, lol! But.....it wasn't the "norm" to use an app. We wrote things down.
So I went back to the basics.....
First, I needed a notebook. Though any will work obviously, I chose to buy one of the WW ones. They have 2, the original one when Smart Points first came out, which is brown with a quote from Jean Nidetch on the front and the newer one which is black, a little larger and comes with lettering to create your own inspiration. I chose the little brown one as I owned it before and liked how it was set up. It gives me a place to track my food and at the end of each week there's a place for "hindsight" and 2 pages for "notes". I use one note page for things I come across during the week that I need to work on and also for the little week victories; the other note page are goals for the next week plus any notes from the meeting. I also made a little pocket in the front to hold my weight tracker and such; I used a quote:
Writing down what I'm eating is making me more aware of what I'm eating. It's way too easy to get into the habit of pushing a few buttons to log and move on. Writing it down makes me truly see what I'm eating.
Second, I stopped worrying about points. Whether it be Smart Points, Points Plus or Classic Points....I don't worry about it. If when writing down I know the point value, I do write it and at the end of the day I do look up and total it out. There are days I am really over and there are days that I have leftover points; but I don't let a point value dictate what I'm going to eat. Doing it after the fact gives me the chance to look back and decide what the best choices are or aren't.
For the most part, I try to stick to the Simply Filling Food List which is mostly lean meats, vegetables, fruits and fat free dairy, but I do eat off list as well - like that large vanilla shake last night.
So, how has writing it down and not worrying about a point value worked? Well I've been doing it for 2 weeks and I'm down 3.2 lbs. Not bad!
I'm not the only one going old school either:
Roni - The Notebook Returns