Today I decided to go to a Weight Watchers meeting in another county because I missed mine on Tuesday and I missed the week before because I was in the hospital with my son and I really needed the boost that a meeting gives me. My husband works in the county where I went to the meeting. I met him at work and changed cars and gave him the kids. He took the kids to Burger King play land to play and eat dinner. They were so ready to go play after being cooped up for the past 3 weeks. I really liked the meeting. We talked about hunger. The physical hunger which most of us have never felt what real physical hunger is because we have really never been without any more. Then we talked about Emotional hunger. A lot of people eat for emotional reasons. Eating for that reason just does not cure the problem and it becomes a vicious cycle. Then we talked about managing your feelings. What can we do to manage our feelings that does not involve eating. First, we should track our body signals. In Weight Watchers, we use the tracker and now the bottom has a place where before and after each meal, you can chart how hungry you were. This is a good sign to me as to when I need to plan for my points that I seem to be the most hungry. Second, notice which emotion tends to make you eat. Bordem is one that hits me a lot. Third, you need to think of nonfood responses to help you get through that emotion. I think exercising is a good response, some others that were mentioned were a hot bath, reading, etc. Then we also need to listen in meetings for more strategies. I love to hear ideas in my meetings and I think that is why I had such a good experience at this meeting. sometimes, I feel like I am the only one talking at my meetings. So, this was a good experience for me to learn some new things. Not that I want to abandon my meeting, I like it! I think that you need to plan in advance, Weight Watchers calls this Mental Rehearsing. Know in advance what you are going to do to get through an emotion. For example, if you start to feel bored, have a list of some things you can do when you get that feeling. Then when the feeling comes you will know exactly what to do and the eating temptation can be eliminated! Well, overall it was a really good meeting and when I met the kids at Burger King, I decided to wait and stop at Subway to get my dinner. Yes, my meeting pumped me up that much. After getting the kids to bed, I played with my Wii some more. I am now doing the advance step aerobics and I love it. I also tackled some hula hooping, but I need some more practice on that! I ended up exercising with my Wii for 2 hours today. I did a 30 minute morning session and a 30 minute afternoon session during nap time, and then I did an hour after the kids went to bed. So, I had a GREAT day!
This week I commit to:
1. Exercise at least 30 minutes everyday.
2. Drink all of my water for the day.
3. Stick to the program and the 9 Healthy Guidelines.
4. Use my blog for support and asking for help.
5. Make a list of emotions that I eat for and a list of what I can do instead.
6. Everytime I think I am hungry, I am going to put my hand on my stomach and ask myself if I am really hunger. (The leader asked us to commit to doing that this week.)
Oh and by the way, I gained a pound this week. I don't know if it was hospital food ,stress, lack of exercise or what, but I am moving forward with a hope to lose something this week!