Experts agree that planning and strategizing are keys to successful weight loss, but they don’t work without commitment and execution. You must do the second part if you don’t want to waste your time.
Plan Your Meals
Planning your meals in advance will help you stay on track, especially if you eat out frequently. Review the restaurant’s menu before you head out the door. Then, when you get to the restaurant, don’t look at the menu. The second you open the menu is the second will power starts to fade. Menus are specifically designed to entice you to spend more money. Not only will you eat more than you’ve planned, but you’ll also spend more than you planned.
Restaurants are my downfall, especially when I’m traveling. I love to open up a menu and order whatever my taste buds desire. But, that mentality is why I’m still not at my goal weight. I could write an entire book on my restaurant PointsPlus® fails. For now I have a few wins and I’ll look to those for encouragement.
My Weight Watchers Pre-tracking Failure
Pre-tracking meals doesn’t work unless you execute to the plan. That’s the whole point of pre-tracking!
Over the last few weeks I’ve been having trouble tracking my meals. Honestly, it’s mostly due to the fact that I just don’t want to. I don’t like opening up my Weight Watchers App and seeing the points go down. I’m sure there’s a psychological study around this somewhere and it’s probably tied to many years of weight loss failures or my constant need to feel like I’m saving something be it money, time or resources.
In my last Weight Watchers personal coaching session my coach and I decided that pre-tracking would be a good goal to write down for this week. On Saturday, I sat down for two hours and wrote down everything that I would eat for the upcoming week. When I hit the print button to print out a weekly plan, I was surprised to see that I could only print it out day by day. I printed it out anyway.
For the days I checked off everything that I was eating. I stopped using the app daily and relied on my printed menu. That is until the day that I didn’t eat the meal I had planned. I guesstimated that the meal that I was currently eating had a similar point value to the one that I was supposed to eat so I didn’t bother tracking it. I felt like I had already done the work of tracking and didn’t feel motivated to do any more.
Unfortunately, my lack of motivation to edit my previous entries led to a spiral effect. I didn’t open up my Weight Watchers App at all this week until weigh-in day and discovered that I was one pound heavier this week. Pre-tracking without execution definitively doesn’t work for me.
Pre-track Meals for Weight Loss Success
If pre-tracking meals doesn’t work for you, consider pre-tracking the meals that are the same every day; the ones that you rarely deviate from. For me, that’s breakfast. I always have a six PointsPlus® breakfast consisting of a protein shake and coffee with cream.
I’m confident that pre-planning my meals is the right thing to do, but I won’t be pre-tracking the entire week. Engaging with the app during the day motivates me to stay within my PointsPlus® range so I’ll count my pre-tracking failure as a lesson learned and keep on keeping on!
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