Dear WW Philadelphia Member,
Planning for the foods that are harder for me not to overeat has been a game changer for me.
Once upon a time, I thought dieting was the answer to my larger than desired body I had eaten myself into. Dieting for me always included deprivation–of many foods, sweets, bread, salty snacks, and fast food. You know the list and maybe have a few more of your own to add to it.
Fast food was my weakness. As I wrote before, My “MO” prior to Weight Watchers was to go through the drive-up window and act like I was ordering for more than one person.
Keeping my commuting on highways with limited off-ramps was one thing that really helped me get the fast-food monkey off my back. In the years since I probably have had fast-food two or three times a year! I see that as a great win.
About the sweets, bread, and salty snacks–I built different strategies. I learned to wait and eat them in controlled circumstances. In other words, I plan for them and ENJOY them. I like to save rollovers and most of my weekly Points for the weekend. I’m also careful about the number of servings I bring into the house.
Have you ever looked at the side of a carton of ice cream? It says 16 servings (rude, I know but true). And with some foods, like desserts, I choose to wait until I’m eating out and then share the sweet treat with my dinner companions.
We set ourselves up for success by learning how each of us wants to control harder-to-handle foods. It is a strategy that needs to be learned and practiced while losing our weight. It’s the secret to our maintenance game.
Yes, any one of us can take the abstinence route on any particular food. For some that works, and if that’s you, kudos. I can't deal with deprivation!
At our weekly Workshops, Members and Staff often talk about how they fit higher Point and harder-to-handle food items into their successful weight loss and maintenance plans. For some, substitutions or “almost taste like” ideas can be helpful and can be a middle-ground compromise.
The beauty of the Weight Watchers program is we really can have it all. Probably not the quantity we thought we couldn’t live without, but certainly we can have any food we need to feel satisfied. And you’ll be surprised how within months, serving sizes you used to eat are bigger than you want to finish.
-Tenacity wins over perfection. You can do this, we can help. Have a great day,