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Habits of a Loser ~ Be Active

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Before I joined Weight Watchers in 2009, I was the poster child for a sedentary lifestyle. I would sit for 8 hours a day at work and then come home and sit on the couch for another 3-5 hours. The only time I would get off the couch was for food and to use the restroom. When I first joined WW, I was not active at all. I was too embarrassed to be seen working …

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Habits of a Loser ~ Drink Water

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When I joined Weight Watchers for the first time (way back in 2000), one of the first changes I made was to start drinking more water. I didn’t really know why it was good for me. I just knew that WW recommended it as one of their “Good Health Guidelines.” At that time, I was trying to lose weight for my wedding. I was willing to do just about anything to fit in a smaller …

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Habits of a Loser ~ Use Small Plates

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Early on in my weight loss journey, I used to eat mainly frozen meals (Lean Cuisines, Smart Ones, etc.) for lunch. I really struggled with being satisfied. I knew my stomach had enough, but mentally it just seemed so sad and boring. It just didn’t look like much food, especially compared to what others around me were eating. To help fix that feeling, I bought a matching bowl and plate specifically to keep at work. …

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Habits of a Loser ~ Plan for Splurges

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One of my favorite things about Weight Watchers is that it allows for indulgences. That’s not to say it is always easy to lose weight and keep it off, but it can be done without starving or feeling deprived all the time. It would not be realistic for me to give up pizza, chips, or desserts forever. When I have tried being overly restrictive in the past, I have always ended up giving in and …

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Habits of a Loser ~ FORGET PERFECT

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A really important habit for a loser to get into is to FORGET PERFECT!  Instead, we should embrace progress. I say it all the time: progress, not perfection. I know that is the right attitude. I completely believe that statement when I’m referring to someone else, but I still have a hard time applying that belief to myself. If someone else runs a mile, I think they are amazing and I’m proud of them. When …

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Habits of a Loser ~ Get enough sleep

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SLEEP TO LOSE WEIGHT?!  I have been reading a lot lately about how sleep can help with weight loss.  More specifically, lack of sleep can make it harder to lose weight.  WHAAAAAAAAAAAT???? I know that sleep is important, but I always struggle to make it a priority.  I have so many things that I want or need to do when I’m not working.  There never seem to be enough hours in the day, and it’s …

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Habits of a Loser ~ Try new things

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Before I started Weight Watchers (in 2009), my diet was very limited. I didn’t really know how to cook much of anything that didn’t come out of a box. I was afraid to try new foods, and I was afraid to experiment in the kitchen. What was I so afraid of? I was eating fast food, pizza, hamburger helper, etc. It’s not like I was eating gourmet food.  I wasn’t giving up something amazing by …

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Habits of a Loser ~ Ask for Help

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How many times have we said (or heard someone say) “they just don’t get it”?   That’s true. They don’t get it. And you know why? WE NEED TO EXPLAIN IT TO THEM TO HELP THEM GET IT. For someone that doesn’t have food issues, it seems easy. They don’t understand that we might agonize over going to a buffet or that parties cause us more anxiety than excitement because we are worried about controlling …

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Habits of a Loser ~ Research

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It can be really stressful and time consuming to try to calculate points or all up calories in the middle of cooking. I get that. I do much better when I do the research and calculate everything ahead of time. That way when it’s time to cook, the calculations are all done. If you are following Weight Watchers, I suggest writing the points+ value on everything you buy with a permanent marker. You can make …

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Habits of a Loser ~ Measuring

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When I started Weight Watchers in 2009, I started measuring everything. This habit goes right along with tracking for me. How can you accurately track something if you haven’t measured it? If you haven’t measured it, you don’t REALLY know how many calories it is, do you? I use a variety of measuring tools. I use my food scale and Tablespoons almost daily. I use measuring cups on a regular basis too.  It has become such …

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Habits of a Loser ~ Tracking

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One of the most important weight loss habits I’ve developed is tracking my food intake. Since I’ve been doing it so long, it doesn’t even feel like a chore. It just feels like part of my meal.  Does the idea of recording what you eat sound awful?  There are a few reasons why you might want to give it a try. Why should we track our food intake? 1. Budgeting If we are trying to …