Posted 07 May 2008 - 05:44 PM
so teacher appreciation week is NOT helping me....thanks to the moms who are feeding me on a daily basis....
anyway, i have a few tips (not that i'm an expert, but just what i've learned as a lifetime ww member):
1) don't eat 8 chocolate chip cookies in one day like me.
2) any loss is a loss rather than a gain. period.
3) packaged meals (smart ones, lean cuisines, even healthy choice canned soups) are low in fat/calories/whatnot, but are SO high in sodium. make sure you drink an extra 8oz. of water if you choose to eat high sodium foods.
4) like glenda said, give into your cravings, but don't over-do it. if you want chocolate, have chocolate - something that's individually packaged, or an actual serving. if you don't give into your cravings, you'll eat EVERYTHING around you and still crave that specific food!
5) plan the week beforehand. i do my food shopping on sundays (or mondays occasionally) and plan what i'm having for the whole work week. i'll pick out 5 different dinners (tho i usually buy 3-4 nights worth of meat), and make 5 days worth of lunch on sunday night (in a gazillion little tupperwares). that way there are no surprises - you eat what you planned. if anything pops up, try to make your choice equivalent to the choice that you would have made at home.
6) pay attention to portion size. it's so easy to think that you're making a great choice when you have a salad at a restaurant, but the salad that they serve is 3x the recommended portion, which is 3x the dressing, 3x the chicken, etc. i've been known to ask for a to-go box before i start eating. that way i can't eat the whole thing in one sitting.