Declaring Success

Little VictoriesAs you know, Thursdays mark the last day of my week as my weeks run Friday through Thursday based on my weigh-in being on Friday.  I realize that I am still about eighteen hours from stepping on the Weight Watchers scale, but I am already declaring this week a victory!

Over the course of my journey, I have come to learn that the number on the scale is not the only mark of success in weight loss.  There are so many obstacles to overcome and as I am sure many of you can relate, some days, you feel like you are walking through a mine field.  I try to always be prepared for the battle, but some days/weeks/months are more difficult than others.

I have shared with you that I have really been fighting the closet eating battle lately and try as I might; it seems that I just can’t win…until this week that is.

I incorporated journaling into my routine a few weeks ago and so far it has been very helpful.  This week, through journaling and a conversation with my Aunt Carol last Saturday afternoon, I declared that I was going to get past this closet eating issue this week, no excuses!

I should start off by saying that when I say “closet eating,” I’m not talking about a 2000 calorie binge in a matter of an hour like I would have done four years ago.  I’m talking about snacking (in reasonable quantities), but not counting the Points Plus values on my Weight Watchers tracker.  One particular item has been at the center of this battle and I vowed this week that I was going to control this item rather than allowing it to control me.

Typically, if a particular food is a problem for me, I just don’t bring it in the house.  Unfortunately, I am not the only one in my house, so I cannot always eliminate every single problem food from the house.  The item I have been struggling with are these fat-free pretzel thins.  I love them and they are not “bad” in controlled quantities.  The problem has been that I love to eat the broken up pieces in the bottom of the bag much more than I like to eat the whole pretzels.  I’m sure you can imagine where this story is going.  I open the big bag and eat the broken pieces but because they are broken, I have no idea how much I am really consuming and although I was accounting for these “crumbs” on my tracker, I’m quite sure that I was grossly underestimating the Points Plus value.  The more I told myself that I couldn’t have these pretzels at all, the more I wanted them.

It All Adds Up

I was explaining my dilemma to my Aunt on Saturday and she had a great suggestion and I have had great success with it this week.  She recommended that I measure out a serving of whole pretzels into a snack bag (so that I could know exactly how many points I was having) and then smash them into small bits since that is the way I like to eat them.  Seems like common sense and I’m sure you are wondering why I didn’t think of this on my own and I am wondering the same thing.  I cannot tell you what a difference this has made for me this week!  I could still allow myself the “treat” I really enjoy, but I was able to keep it well under control.  I have not had one crumb of a pretzel out of the big bag this week.  They have all been from my pre-measured portions and they have all been accounted for on my tracker.

I know all of this may sound silly to you but this has been a real battle for me for a very long time and I can’t tell you how victorious I feel.  So…even though I haven’t weighed in yet, I am declaring this week a success because regardless of the number on the scale tomorrow, I have overcome a real obstacle this week, and that is a success!  What non-scale related successes have you experienced this week?

Old Pair of Jeans

Comments

  1. Michael says:

    That was a genius idea your Aunt Carol had. I mean, how many people would REALLY think of doing that ??!

  2. That is a great idea!!! I struggle with the little sneaks sometimes too. Good luck with your weigh in!

  3. Great Idea Kassie & Aunt Carol – Carol for imagining it & Kassie for doing it! It’s all about the portion size (the weight of it, not the shape). So glad you devised a better way to enjoy your snack! Smaller bites make it more enjoyable and lasts longer. Good Luck on today’s WW scale.

  4. Johanna B says:

    What a great Idea! Wish I’d thought of that a long time ago.

  5. Brilliant! That’s a great example of working *with* our human tendencies rather than against them, and that sets us up for success.

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