I’ve heard more than once that I am crazy to write about my latest Weight Watchers experience for everyone to see. At some point I may gain weight, will I write about it then? Yes. Part of what has me so enthused for the program this time around, and a large part of my success the last two weeks, are all the nice comments and emails I have been getting. Today, Lilie, the owner and designer behind A Planet 4 Creation, emailed me a list of tips that helped her lose 25 pounds. They were so good, I asked Lilie if I could share them. She happily obliged.
Watch your portions. Sometimes when you restrict a certain food item from your diet, it’s all you think about. Eventually you break down and eat way too much of whatever it is you wanted to avoid! A better idea is to allow yourself anything you like, within reason, and in much smaller portions.
Get up and move. Start slow, try to do it daily and increase the amount each day. Try to build muscle through weights. With more muscle, you will burn calories in your sleep!
Don’t cut your calories too much. I tried to keep my intake at 1200 calories and it was too little. It’s much easier to reduce your calories by a reasonable amount and make up the rest by burning calories with exercise.
Reward yourself for good work. I plan to get some new beads [for the shop] once I exercise for a full 2 weeks.
Mark your progress. I put stickers on my calendar when I exercise for the day. I use to have a bar graph that I would fill in red as I got closer to my goal weight. I kept a notebook and wrote down everything I ate.
Exercise does not require fancy equipment. I just put on runners and dance in the kitchen. Do stomach exercise during commercial breaks on tv.
Cheat on your diet. I would hit plateaus where I did everything right but the scale didn’t move. I would then go off my diet (McDonald’s for dinner, etc.) and I would lose again. [This has happened to me so many times! –ed]
Don’t measure success by weight alone. Measure your waist. Try on clothes that were tight on you and see if there is a difference. Sometimes the numbers on the scale don’t go down because you are building muscle, and muscle weighs more than fat.
Read labels. It’s surprising how many servings they put into one package! You think you’re doing well and then realize that the package was 4 servings.
Small steps. Don’t try to do everything at once. If you want to quit sodas and increase exercise, pick one and work on it slowly until it becomes an afterthought. Then work on developing another healthy habit.
Thanks, Lilie! It’s always nice to hear what works for other people, just like me, who are trying to lose weight and manage a busy schedule.
Please email me at jules [at] pancakesandfrenchfries [dot] com if you have a great diet/exercise tip, recipe, or product you want to share! If someone hasn’t already suggested it, I will post it on the blog, give you the credit, and link back to your site or blog.
Don’t worry and think your tip is too small—Lilie suggested I eat cottage cheese for a high protein breakfast, and would you believe I never even considered it until she mentioned it to me? Such an obvious and simple idea, and I completely overlooked it!