A Day to be Proud of

A day of accomplishments.  That’s what I’m aiming for.  I’ve had so many days recently where I don’t think I’ve accomplished a single thing.  Today is going to be different.  I’m going to keep track of the things I do today so I can look at the list this evening and feel good about it.

Retirement has not given me more time to do all the things I need to do.  Instead, it’s given me more time to watch TV, play computer games, sleep and do nothing.  In the past, I usually felt this sense of urgency.  Like I had to hurry up and get stuff done on the weekend or early in the morning because I spent so much time at work.  Now, it seems like I procrastinate with the best of them because, Hey, I don’t have to go to work!  I have nothing but time.  So I waste it.  And nothing gets done.

For starters…I’m going to look at this Weight Watchers stuff.  I have to say, I’m not feeling it.  I went to a meeting on Sunday and another on Monday.  Didn’t go yesterday because I had dinner with the girls.  But, for the most part, it’s come across as a big sales pitch.  Evidently, they’ve just redone their program and gone with something called Weight Watchers 360.  And, in the two meetings I attended, especially the Monday meeting, they pushed the new products.  Buy this, buy that, this product is wonderful, this other product is wonderful, this little thingie is going to help you sooo much, this other little thingie is going to make the program sooo much easier.  And all I wanted was a little inspiration to get me going.  Our first “goal” was to make a commitment to take a snack with us every time we leave the house.  Doesn’t really apply to me. They were talking about how it will keep you from stopping and grabbing a burger or fries or hitting the vending machines and those are things I don’t do anyway.  I just don’t eat fast food.  And I don’t eat junk when I’m out.  I eat it at home.  So that’s one step I’m going to skip.  I know myself well enough to know I won’t eat it anyway so why take it?  For me, I should make sure I have lots of healthy snacks at home.  Cause that’s where I eat.

So, I’m going to put a more positive attitude out there and try to figure it out.  Maybe it’s easier than it seems.  I’m used to counting calories or counting carbs and that stuff is pretty intuitive for me.  This “points” thing…not so much.  And their website isn’t very intuitive either.  I went online and registered and entered my breakfast on Monday.  At lunch, I not only couldn’t find the page where I was supposed to enter my food again, but I didn’t have a clue about how to enter it either.  Homemade soup.  Pretty healthy stuff but I had no idea how many “points” it had.

Today, I’m going to be more positive.  Going to spend some time cruising around the WW site and trying to figure out where everything is.  I think I should probably just stick with some of their recipes, too.  Until I get the hang of figuring out points.

Now, I’m going at it.  Going to have a good day and get a lot of stuff accomplished.  Just wait till you see my list!


laura705 says 6th December @ 11:38

You’re still adjusting to retirement, and I’m thinking you haven’t had a chance to think about how you really want to spend your time because you’ve been focused on your mother and husband. Give yourself time. I agree that a list will give you more structure – people always say crossing items off the list is very satisfying.

As for WW or any other weight loss endeavor…I believe tracking what you eat is the key thing. Whether you count calories or points or carbs, etc., it can be so tedious. I use SparkPeoples’s food tracking feature. It took a while for me to get where I had a lot of “favorites” in there and made tracking quicker. As for entering the ingredients from a recipe – yeh, not quick. Many times I just search for a similar food item already in the database. Yes, this is a compromise – I’ve had to back off from thinking I’m going to be accurate down to the last calorie, but I do know that I’m being honest with myself when I enter my eating to the best of my ability. As for the selling aspect of WW – I happen to be a bit tight-fisted with my money, and I don’t like the idea of needing a tool or book to calculate how many points I’ve eaten (vs counting calories), so I use the free tool on SP and the calorie/nutrition info on food packaging and available on the internet to get my info. As for all the other stuff – you can get scales and measurign tools anywhere. The snacks they sell – when I’d done WW a few times many years ago, I really never purchased them because I didn’t want to buy a multi-serving pack of something I might end up not liking. I can buy similar items at the store on sale, with a coupon, or sold individually and try it with less risk.

So, how did it go with the list?? 😀

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