Again this week I didn’t make it to my Weight Watchers meeting on Wednesday. My boss was in town doing annual performance reviews for my team and offered to throw us an impromptu pizza lunch. So yeah, instead of going to Weight Watchers, I ate pizza. Luckily, a co-worker is also doing Weight Watchers and others are still feeling the “lose weight” resolution so we went for thin crust veggie. Only 5 PointsPlus value…woo hoo!!
So I moved my weigh-in day to Thursday this week. Another success!! I lost two more pounds for total of four in two weeks. This was totally not expected. I had given myself permission to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday with the fun treats that Keith picked up at the store. Brooke and I shared some gooey enchiladas at Pappasitos with my boss Tuesday night. The difference from my pre-Weight Watchers days however, was I more thoughtful in how I ate. I took a peek at the frozen taquitos on Sunday to have an idea what a serving was supposed to be as opposed to what I typically would pile on my plate and plugged that into my Points calculator. Tuesday night, I didn’t pressure myself to clean my plate and put my fork down when I felt satisfied. I see myself shifting away from eating out of habit or boredom toward more mindful eating.
I’m not claiming to be an expert weight loss after two weeks. Rather, I’m just sharing what I’m learn as I go along. Our meeting topic this week revolved around detecting physical hunger as opposed to emotional hunger. As I left two things really stuck with me. One was a task I think would be valuable for just about anyone.
If you tend to eat in response to feelings that aren’t hunger, take a moment when you’re not feeling one of those things and come up with alternative activities for the next time those feelings crop up. For example, I tend to eat out of boredom. So I’m going to decide now that the next time I feel bored, I will pick up a book instead of potato chips.
The second was a quote: “If its not hunger, food won’t fix it”.
What do you think? Do you tend to eat for reasons other than hunger? Do you have a strategy to keep from doing it?