Thursday, December 28, 2006

Everything I Need to Know About Weight Loss I Learned from Noah's Ark

The following is what I copied from the board at today's WW meeting:

  • Don't miss the boat.

  • Remember that we're all in the same boat.

  • Plan ahead! It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark!

  • Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something big.

  • Don't listen to critics, just get on with the job that needs to be done.

  • Build your future on high ground.

  • For the sake of safety, travel in pairs.

  • Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on the boat with the cheetahs.

  • When you're stressed, float for awhile.

Til next time.....

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Christmas Traditions and Holiday Help

Today, we talked about holiday (Christmas) traditions. Everybody has some tradition that is carried on through generations. It might be special decorations, or a special shortbread recipe, or tourtiere. Whatever that tradition is, especially if it is food related, there are ways to handle all of them.

Here is a mini list that resulted from today's group brainstorming.

  • When you have your turkey dinner, try to put gravy on only one thing, rather than on everything. Pick the turkey OR the potato.

  • For your turkey dinner, choose the potato OR the stuffing. You can have potato anytime of the year, so maybe the stuffing is the choice for celebration.

  • Try smaller portions of everything - except the veggies!

  • Leave the bread and the rolls. These guys you can have anytime. Now, if it is a homemade bun, then you might want to conceded, but otherwise, skip it.

  • Do you really need the cranberry? Think of the points first, then decide.

  • Be sure to walk and exercise ahead. After dinner, try to incorporate a family walk after dinner.

  • Don't take home leftovers, or, if you really must, be picky about what you take home. Maybe you don't take home too many sweets and bread and potatoes.

  • Give yourself a carrot, a reward, for making good choices. Maybe it's a vacation. Maybe it's a new item.

  • Try using a smaller plate for dinner. You'll fit less on it. You can always go back for seconds, but you can be sure that the second time around will be smaller than if you had that bigger plate.

  • Stay hydrated (and we don't mean alcohol!). Keep drinking the required water.

  • On the day of your dinner, wear figure hugging clothing. Don't wear the spandex pants or the expandable waist pants.

Til next time.....

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Two Magic Numbers - 18 and 44

This is information that I gleaned from the December 12th meeting. It was written down in my book, and I just got busy with stuff.

Once you have been on the program for awhile, you start to know how many points you can eat to lose weight, how many points to maintain weight, and how many points to GAIN weight.

Here is the recommended range.

Never eat less than 18 points per day.

Never eat more than 44 points per day.

Now, in my journal, I monitor this, especially the greater than 44 points indicator, because without a doubt, the more that we do this, then there is a higher likelihood that we will indeed gain weight.

Til tomorrow.....

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Helpful Hints for Surviving Christmas

I picked up the lunchtime WW meeting today (actually I went last week and the week before also, but I forgot to blog them).

Last week, the topic was about our Happy Place, a place of escape, where you may find calm and peace.....especially during this possibly frantic and stressful time of year. My Happy Place is always the same....on our sailboat in a quiet bay with no other boats with us. Just us and the quiet and nature. That is My Happy Place.

This week, we talked about a number of helpful hints that maybe will get us through the holidays...and beyond. So, here we go.

@Home Tips

  1. Try to eat healthy.

  2. Cut down on the amount of baking that you do.

  3. Don't take part in the cookie bakeoffs.

  4. Put tempting food out of sight.

  5. Make sure that you have alternatives.

  6. Pick quality food.

  7. Vegetable cocktail is a good way to get veggie servings.

@Party Tips

  1. Don't go to the party h-u-n-g-r-y.

  2. Sample everything only once.

  3. Use a napkin instead of a plate (you're more likely to to eat the messier foods, which are usually pointier).

  4. Wear tight pants.

  5. Look at the selection of food then make choices rather than nosediving and regretting later.

@OutShopping Tips

  1. Eat before you go out.

  2. Try soups or chili at fast food rather than fries.

  3. Bring your treats and snacks with you....brown bag.

  4. Be informed...take your Dining Out Companion with you.

@Work Tips

  1. Send leftover treats home with others.

  2. Move the food if it is near your desk.

  3. Avoid the lunchroom if that is where the leftovers are located.

The Bottom Line => M-O-D-E-R-A-T-I-O-N

Til tomorrow.....