Tonight is my fifth weigh-in. I’m down a pound from last week’s home scale number. I’m trying not to drink soda or have much salt today so I don’t retain water---I want that loss to show! I’m gonna have to come up with some kind of unified standard for weigh-in day. I’m thinking: clothes(T-shirt, jeans, belt); food during the day (nothing to eat or drink within an hour of the meeting, no soda during the day); generally avoid foods with lots of added salt.
The things that helped me deal with the minor disappointment of last week’s gain include:
- Focusing on the program. I tracked EVERYTHING, I overestimated in restaurants (I added presumptive butter or olive oil points to all of my meals). Whenever I had a sandwich or other kind of combo food, I used the “recipe builder” e-tool to come up with the cumulative point value for my food (which was generally one point more than the component parts).
- Reading the online WW message boards. I only did this for a day, but one of the women on the boards said something about how she’s been with WW for three years, and she often sees people quit after 3-6 weeks. She says these people are the ones who are overachieving perfectionists who get discouraged with their progress and leave the program. I was never thinking about quitting, but I could see my own personality traits reflected in that comment. I am definitely an overachiever, and I did feel discouraged by the small setback of gaining a pound.
- I cut back my restaurant patronage. It’s just harder to know what you’re eating, and you KNOW they’re using more butter and oil than you would at home. Unfortunately, I don’t always have the option to cook for myself---visiting my boyfriend in D.C. is often a restaurant-fest---but since I could this week, I did.
- I didn’t weigh myself every day. I’ll admit, after the gain I weighed myself again on Thursday. And then again on Friday. And I was not liking what I saw. Finally, I just gave up on seeing the numbers drop overnight and focused on making good choices for the rest of the week. From now on, I’m only allowing myself one weigh-in a week, and that’s for purely statistical purposes.