Yay, friends to lose with! Thanks ladies for joining me.
Chianti, you are SO RIGHT about starting over with the very next meal (vs. next day, or next week, or "oh, it’s almost the end of the month, I’ll start again on the first". Been there, done ALL that and all it does is pack on more pounds during the "waiting period" before you’re good again.
I did WW once and was successful but the MINUTE I stopped counting points the weight came back, and for me counting points every day forever is not sustainable.
What is working for me, nutritionally:
-Bare minimum "sweets". Can’t say I’ll never have them again but I avoid them and when it’s really hard not to (example, yesterday there was a birthday in the office) I have a tiny piece. I go by the three bite rule. If I can eat something in three small bites or less, once in a while, it’s not going to hurt me.
-only good carbs. Whole grain bread and pasta, brown rice. I’m not so good at sticking to brown rice only though. I have it relatively rarely — mostly I have bread.
-No carbs after lunch. Ever.
-Medium sized breakfast, larger lunch, smaller dinner and 3 very small snacks.
-I also have it set up that I get one "cheat" meal per week. One week I get to have one breakfast of whatever I want. The next week, one lunch. The following week, one dinner and the last week of the month, one dessert. However, I rarely indulge in these "cheat" meals because I either forget or I decide it’s not worth undoing my work at the gym over it.
The best thing about working on myself like this is that just knowing I’m doing it helps me feel better about myself. When I’m not being healthy, I feel worse emotionally. If that makes sense?