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Oct 10, 2011

Weight Watchers Update

I'm a little over four week into my Weight Watchers journey. I've successfully lost every week, with a total weight loss of 7.2 pounds so far. I am still very much enjoying the program. My recipe collection now includes about 12 tried and true dinners that we can rotate throughout the weeks. (We're creatures of habit so we tend to have the same breakfasts every morning and leftovers for lunch.) I'm still building my recipe collection as I work my way through Hungry Girl's fabulous recipe collection. Hey daily emails are worth signing up for, and her books are worth purchasing. I'm currently perusing Hungry Girl 1-2-3 and Hungry Girl 300 Under 300. It's been fun.

Other lessons that I'm learning along my journey are:

1. Emotion plays a big part in what and how we eat. I've noticed my personal triggers include boredom, stress, and certain celebratory social situations (baby showers, birthday parties, etc.). It's most difficult for me to resist over-eating during those times. I'm slowly implementing strategies to ease the temptation during those "trigger times."

2. Discipline in one area of life tends to bleed off into other areas of life. Often "diets" can make us feel deprived, which leads us to overindulge in other areas of our lives. Weight Watchers doesn't lead to a feeling of deprivation. Instead, it focuses on self-discipline and balance. As these practices take root in your life, you are more likely to practice them in other areas of your life. I have found this to be the case for me. 

3. I'm learning to recognize quality food when I see it. The pretty colors of fresh produce is becoming more appealing to me than the processed stuff, mostly because I know that whole foods actually contribute to my health instead of harming it. Of course, I'm still growing in this area. I deal with craving just like anyone else, but learning to be more balanced has made a big difference.

Are you on Weight Watchers? I'd love to hear your experience! Also, if you have any questions on the topic, feel free to ask. I only have one month's worth of experience, but I'll try my best to answer any questions. 

 Happy Eating, 

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