Trying to lose weight is nothing new for me. In fact, I have made several noble attempts at it in the past. Some of those have been colossal failures, some have been moderately successful and others were successful for a period until I gained the weight back. Weight Watchers is where I saw some decent success, so it might stand to reason that I would stick with them and give it a go on their program yet again.
But I am not going to do that. Not now and not in the future.
Why not, you ask?
Because Weight Watchers is a diet, not a change in lifestyle. And diets are designed to fail you since they are seen as something that this more temporary and not a permanent change in the way that you feed yourself and your family. As long as you are technically on a diet, then you feel like you can “cheat” on it and you never really develop quality habits that help you to actually keep that weight off for the long term.
So, instead of worrying about how many points a meal or a snack might be, I will instead be worrying about how healthy that food is and what it will (or won’t) do for my body. And yes, I will still indulge on things like chocolate, but I am going to try to make a change to healthier dark chocolate instead of the sugar-filled milk chocolate based candy bars and such that I have a long love affair with. That relationship is getting ready to end. Sure, I might have some milk chocolately goodness from time to time, but it will no longer be the mainstay or my go-to sweet treat.
I mean, why have a Snicker’s bar when I could eat a strawberry dipped in dark chocolate? It is the healthier option and it actually tastes better! I call that a win-win! I have also been experimenting with new-to-me veggies like turnips and such and making veggie chips in the oven. These will be my new salty snacks. And they just happen to be super tasty. Hooray for that!