As usual, with the new year Weight Watchers has a well-timed refresh of its materials. The food lists and instructions are better-written and displayed, thanks to a new square format - same size as a DVD or CD.
The new week one booklet's Core Plan section starts with a good summary:
1. At Mealtimes.
Choose from the Core Food List - as much as you need to feel satisfied. The "until satisfied" is a key part of making Core work; eating until I'm stuffed, or continuing bad comfort-eating habits won't get me there.
2. At Snacktime.
3. At ANY time.
35 optional weekly points to use on non-Core foods. Resets each week. I like to spend mine on bread (such as bagels and cream cheese, tortillas). They're key to quality-of-life on the Core plan, especially for eating out. It's tough to make Core work eating out without them.
4. Follow the Good Health Guidelines.
- drinking 6-8 8-oz glasses of water a day,
- getting in 5 or more fruits and vegetables,
- exercise 3 times a week or more,
- 2 servings of milk or calcium, and
- taking a daily multivitamin.
Once again, I see this and think - of course, everyone knows this. And it sounds so reasonable. Why is it so hard to follow? My usual pitfalls:
- Lack of planning meals
- Failure to track. Weight Watchers itself positions the Core plan as the one where you don't need to track, but for me, this is a mistake. I need to raise my awareness of my own poor eating habits, and stay aware of how much I'm eating.
- Stress and overwork.
This time around, I need to really embrace the idea that I can't do anyone good long-term without maintaining myself at my best. I tend to sacrifice myself and my agenda in order to see myself as a hard-working, good-hearted person. I AM that person, it's not something I need to continue to prove. So it's time to start treating myself like I'm worth taking care of FIRST, not last.