How I achieve success with the Weight Watchers App
Happy Friday! As some requested, today I am going to continue my discussion of how I achieve success with the Weight Watchers app.
In early July, I shared this post explaining how I jumpstarted weight loss at age 68.
A few weeks later and a 69th birthday, I am pleased to report how I achieve success with the Weight Watchers App.
NOTE: The top picture was taken this week when I went thrifting at Goodwill San Antonio and decided to try on jackets.
I am definitely in between sizes so shopping is a bit of a challenge…but it is a good problem to have!
Now, some of you have requested more specifics of what works and doesn’t work, so this is a follow up and I tried to cover all answers here!
HOW I ACHIEVE SUCCESS WITH THE WEIGHT WATCHERS APP
Connie in Oregon specifically asked how many points I am given to eat a day.
The answer is 17. That may not sound like many, however, green veggies give extra points and most fruits, veggies, and many proteins are free.
I am eating many more fruits and veggies than I did before…snacking less…and feeling great. These are definitely measurements of how I achieve success with the Weight Watchers App.
Now, when I am good to stay on the app, then I accumulate extra points for the week that can be used for dinner out…within reason. There have been times I have eaten out that I thought for sure I blew it… but, thankfully, did not.
Yet, notice I wrote “WHEN I AM GOOD TO STAY ON THE APP.” There have been a couple of times over the summer that due to busyness, I stopped using the app. I thought, “I’ve got this. I know what to do and what not to do.” Then when I got on the scales, I had gained back several pounds.
So, the Weight Watchers App is everything to me to motivate me toward success.
This picture is a typical breakfast: Greek Yogurt, dash of cinnamon (cinnamon has super powers to lower sugar cravings), and fresh pineapple. Depending on your choice of yogurt it can go from zero points to two.
HOW I ACHIEVE SUCCESS WITH THE WEIGHT WATCHERS APP:
I have achieved success with the Weight Watchers app because I have allowed it to change my overall eating habits and refine the bad habits in healthy ways.
For example, I do love ice cream and wondered if I could give it up. But this combination of frozen bananas and peanut butter is my new favorite dessert, snack and sometimes breakfast.
A tablespoon of this peanut butter is 3 points…the bananas are free. I usually eat one tablespoon with one frozen banana.
I also love bread and started the new plan last spring with Ezekiel Bread, but have switched to our local brand pictured here.
The slices are better for how I eat with the bread, and they separate better than the other brand.
Each slice is 2 points, but two slices are 3…don’t know why. I use this bread for avocado toast, a tuna sandwich, a veggie burger, or my own take on French Toast.
Most of my cooking is done with Avocado Oil or Cooking Olive Oil.
The point system does force me to make decisions and to think about what I really want or what I do not want because the choice may be many points.
I love to use the UPC scanner in the Weight Watchers App at the grocery store and then I can decide of something comes home with me or not!
Sometimes I just want a quick lunch, and I will eat these Healthy Choice Zero Meals. I have even poured this over a bowl of broccoli or spinach. The meal is one point….the veggies give two points back!
I am still cooking, though, not as often and I recently wrote how much I love the air fryer.
Here is one of my favorite ways to cook chicken strips (3 oz are free!):
AIR FYER CHICKEN STRIPS
I take a little over a pound of the skinless chicken breast tenders and stir them with a tablespoon of cooking olive oil.
Then I stir the strips in a mixture of spices:
1 T smoked paprika
2 teaspoons of onion powder
1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt
1 tablespoon of dried Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (good for metabolism!)
Dash of black pepper
I set the air fryer to 400 degrees for 25 minutes and cook until they look like this picture. I also test to make sure they are at least 165 with my meat thermometer.
They are yummy and success with the Weight Watchers App includes cooking foods you like and enjoy.
SUCCESS WITH THE WEIGHT WATCHERS APP: MY WAY
The success marks I mentioned in the first post are still true and important for my success with the Weight Watchers app.
I do not eat late…even if going out. That has been hard for Mr. B because I only want one large meal a day and I want it early. The last thing I do every day is take my Juice Plus supplements of fruits and veggies because it seems to get my system off and running better in the morning.
I begin my day with jumpstarting metabolism in mind. The first thing I do every morning is drink a large cup of cold water and take a Vitamin B Complex tablet.
Then I have coffee with my Collagen for Her…see yesterday’s post.
Next, I eat breakfast and begin my three cups of green tea…which I drink iced and see me through the morning as I work.
The flowers are shots I took while walking with Tux yesterday and I use them as a reminder to you all: Keep Moving!!
The more I move, the more success with the Weight Watchers App I have.
I am consistent to stick to this plan every day.
Concentrating on improving metabolism has helped me so much and I know is a big step in success.
SUCCESS WITH THE WEIGHT WATCHERS APP – TRIGGERS
Success for me means I must be aware of my triggers which might take me off the app.
I noticed last week that in the evening and at night I was craving sweets.
For the most part, these cravings had disappeared.
It did not take long for me to connect these cravings with stress from our current remodel.
In the past, stress eating has been one of my biggest issues.
Once I realized it, I made sure not to give in to it.
I also mentioned that I went through a time when I gained some weight back.
Two things that immediately stood out…I was not using the app daily, and for some reason had begun to drink Diet Dr. Pepper again (after a long time of not drinking it at all…like years).
Seriously, it is a little addictive and works adversely to the word “diet.”
Once I stopped and got back on the app, then success on the Weight Watchers App continued.
As I said in the first post, slow and steady wins the race…I will be doing this for awhile and I cannot allow some early success to stop me…or I easily regress.
I think I have covered everything…except a report on actual weight lost.
Well, you see my house in the first picture…I do not know where the scales are…so I have not weighed in a couple of weeks.
Feel free to ask any questions…and I hope this helps those of you asking for more information.
It is a challenge to lose weight later in life in a healthy manner….but I am here to say, that I believe it can be done.
KEEP SMILING, ALL…IT’S THE WEEKEND!
By Pamela Lutrell
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