Just discovered a great tip that is a win-win situation. I was in the restroom washing my hands and some person had left a bottle of rather nice smelling hand lotion for all to use. So I tried it out.
Another staff member had recently been to Ocean City, MD and brought back caramel corn from Fishers. I had given into this temptation several times since the beginning of the week (heck it’s only Wednesday!) and was feeling guilty about eating it and more importantly about not tracking it.
Before I hit restroom the caramel corn monster was calling my name. However, once I put that nice smelling hand lotion on I realized I couldn’t dip into the caramel corn bucket. Win-Win! Not only are my hands softer but I wasn’t able to give into that temptation. I wonder why I hadn’t thought of this before. Neat trick to keep yourself from eating something that requires you picking it up with your hands – put lotion on before hand and you won’t pick it up (because no matter how good it smells I don’t think you want your caramel corn, brownie, cookie, etc. to taste like hand lotion).
Another win-win — while looking up the links to put in this post I found the nutritional information for the caramel corn. I am now tracking what I ate this morning so at least part of my guilt is absolved 🙂
Thanksgiving can be an extra stressful time for those of us watching the scale or at the very least trying to have healthy alternatives. Although the turkey is definitely in the healthy category (without skin) the rest of the sides just seem to destined to challenge us. If it isn’t the food that is the problem well-meaning relatives or friends may bring the challenge.
Many of us have to split our day among different households therefore eating two dinners. As one member shared one family the Mother likes to serve everyone and serves them exactly the same amount no matter what. Another member shared that a family member is offended if you don’t eat the dish they brought. These won’t be the first or only challenges you will face but be thankful that Thanksgiving is a Day of Food. Remember you do have a choice – you can choose to lose, choose to maintain where you are or choose to gain. None of these choices are wrong – do what works best to make your Thanksgiving enjoyable. Just remember give yourself permission and get right back on the plan the next day no matter what your choice.
Some tips to keep in mind that might help you on Thanksgiving (or any big family gathering):
- Eat smaller portions. Eating some of “Aunt Sue’s” favorite calorie/fat laden dish won’t add as many pounds to you and will go a long way towards appeasing her.
- Schedule time to get out and exercise. Take a walk with the family before or after the meal. Since many of us have to get up early to finish thawing the turkey or get things started – go for a quick walk before everyone else is up. Take that time for yourself then so you can enjoy family and friends later.
- Help out in the kitchen after dinner. Instead of sitting around watching football – move around the kitchen packing up leftovers or clearing dishes.
- If you are hosting the event – send EVERYONE home with leftovers. Less temptation for you if it isn’t in your fridge.
- If you are going to someone’s house bring a dish that is Weight Watchers inspired. I recently held a party where I made nothing but WW recipes – no one even knew and said how good the food was. I was able to enjoy too knowing I was eating healthier versions of those recipes.
- Remember things go better if you plan. Plan ahead as to what you will eat for the big meal.
- Know ahead of time what the point value for certain foods are (see list below). Remember your portion sizes (bring your WW serving spoons – not only are they nice looking but they will help you remember what is a 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, etc.)
- Don’t skimp on meals that day. If try to save up points from breakfast or lunch you may find yourself too hungry by the time the big meal is served and you will more than likely go over on your points. Try to fill up on power foods earlier in the day so you stay satisfied.
- Use the Recipe Builder on e-Tools to take an old family favorite and make it healthier.
- Again, decide what you want to do today (lose, maintain or gain) – this maybe a day of food but it’s really about family and friends.
If this is your first Thanksgiving on Weight Watchers think of it as a learning experience. It is mine and I will take note of what worked for me and what didn’t so that next year I can improve my strategy. I wish all my readers a Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Menu and Points Plus Values
- Tossed salad, 1 cup (no dressing) – 0 pts.
- 1 Dinner roll (no butter) – 5 pts.
- 1 tsp. Butter (regular) – 1 pts.
- 1 slice Turkey breast (w/skin) 2 oz. – 3 pts.
- Stuffing (1/2 cup) – 3 pts.
- Ham (no glaze) 2 oz. – 3 pts.
- Ham (glazed) 4 oz. – 7 pts.
- Giblet gravy (1/4 cup) – 2 pts.
- Cranberry sauce (1/4 cup) – 3 pts.
- Winter squash (1 cup) – 0 pts.
- Mashed potatoes (1/2 cup) – 3 pts.
- Baked sweet potatoes (1 large) – 4 pts.
- Steamed green beans (1 cup) – 0 pts.
- Green bean casserole (1 cup) – 4 pts.
- Fruit cocktail (light syrup) 1 cup – 4 pts.
- Corn (1 cup) – 4 pts.
- 1 slice Pumpkin pie – 11 pts.
- 1 slice Pecan pie – 14 pts.
- Wine (4 oz.) – 4 pts.
- Coffee or tea (no sweetener) – 0 pts.
We all have decided to make a change. We changed our old habits which got us to come to Weight Watchers in the first place to new habits which are part of our new journey. Change is hard for most humans. Taking that first step is the hardest and the most important.
An underlying theme of our meeting this past week seemed to be – Change. Several of us (myself included) hit goals from 5 lbs to 25 lbs to Lifetime. Our leader asked each of us what we did differently. What I got out of it was we all changed something. Not just that first change (of joining Weight Watchers) but at some point into the process we changed things up.
One member has a personal trainer who makes sure her exercise isn’t the same all the time therefore keeping her body guessing. You don’t have to have a personal trainer to do this. Do you walk? Change your route one or two days a week – find a place with more hills – or just go the opposite way around the track. Not only will it give you a different view but your body will realize things aren’t the same and you’ll be pleased with the results.
Change your food. Don’t always eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Perhaps you eat a lot of chicken, turkey or fish – go ahead and have some lean beef one day. I had a leader who swore that she did this and that week she lost 5 lbs. Now your results may vary but keeping your body guessing by changing up food and/or exercise will definitely give your weight loss journey a boost.
So don’t be afraid to change. In this case change can really be your best friend.
One of the tips I would recommend to new WW members, buy two! Two sets of measuring cups, two sets of measuring spoons. Measuring your food helps you in many ways. Weighing or measuring ingredients keeps you honest. Sometimes you have to make a guess when you are eating out but no excuse when you are at home. If you have 2 sets you can’t use the excuse “Oh, the cup (or spoons) are dirty and I don’t feel like washing them.” Having 2 sets ensures that you can always measure accurately and track better. So just like Noah’s ark, it is helpful to have 2 of everything (or at least your measuring cups and spoons).