Party Smart! – WW weekly 6/26-7/2/2016

Party Smart!

Enjoy the food, have a drink, kick up your heels – on plan

WeightWatchers weekly 6/26-7/2/2016

What does it mean to part to party smart? As your summer weekends (and weeknights) fill up with social events, the idea of tracking and maintaining healthy routines can seem overwhelming. But you can strike a livable balance between sticking to your plan and overdoing it. In fact, the more consistent your eating patterns over the course of the week, the more likely you are to succeed at keeping weight off in the long run. Lifestyle tricks can go a long way – like eating a little something before you leave the house, wearing fitted clothes, and carrying a bottle of water or seltzer at parties ( so you are less likely to mindlessly pick at the food). Keyword: Planning.

How does it help? Planning can help you make wiser decisions – like when to use Weekly SmartPoints value (at your foodie friend’s cookout, say) and when to stick to low smart points  foods and focus on socializing instead. Select daily activity beforehand and you won’t feel as stressed or derailed by weekend of back to back parties. Plus, you can schedule events that revolve around activity, such as a group hike, a beach volleyball tournament, or family relay races.

SOCIAL KEY CODES

D: Drinks. Want to enjoy one – or two? Figure out what you’ll drink, and what trade offs can accommodate it, such as using your weekly smart points. (check out weight watchers.com)

A: Activity. Give yourself a pat on the back for any social occasion that also involves physical activity. It’s a win-win. If an event isn’t activity centric add movement by walking around helping the host pr playing with the kids, if possible.

F: Food. Reserving your Weekly Smart Points for an event helps you plan meals for the rest of the week. At the party, wait until all the food is served before choosing. Then  you won’t fill up on one dish, only to see a favorite is coming out next.

S: Social. With some friends and family, you can have a blast just talking and laughing in an empty room, When you aim social, the food and drink are mostly for fuel. Stake out a spot away from the buffet, and hold court with good conversation.

WHAT TO DO: SET YOUR PARTY PRIORITIES.

Jot down the fun stuff you’ve lined up for this month, then use the key code to mark what you’re most looking forward to at each event: delicious cocktails, a catch-up with old work pals, and so on. Planning helps you manage food and drink, depending on your “party priorities.”

HELLO MY NAME IS AWESOME! -WW

HELLO MY NAME IS AWESOME! (YES, YOU!)

Even on days that don’t go as planned, you have something to be proud of! Think positive: It can help you stay the course.

The power of positive thinking isn’t a myth. In fact, people who believe they will succeed at weight loss are more likely to do it. It’s especially helpful on not-so-good days. (Yes, even then you’re likely to find a bright spot.) Focusing on the steps and actions that keep you moving forward can help you deal with setbacks, stick to your Plan, and maintain weight loss. Take a moment or two to walk through your day yesterday, opposite, and see how you were awesome!

Daily Report (fill in the blank)

Yesterday was a _____________(GOOD/NOT-SO-GREAT) day for me. Some events were typical for a ____________(DAY OF THE WEEK): I did ______________(ACTION), ______________(ACTION), and______________(ACTION). As for my Plan, I found it ______________(Adjective), to stick to my points plus budget; i ate mostly __________________(FOOD CATEGORIES), and I am pretty ______________(EMOTIONAL ADJECTIVE), about my choices. Thinking back over my food choices, I am glad that I do ______________ (ACTION). It’s something I might not have done before I joined Weight Watchers. I plan to build on this positive step by doing ______________ (ACTION) in the future. When it came to activity, yesterday I ______________(VERB), which felt _______ __________(EMOTIONAL ADJECTIVE). One thing I’m proud of is ______________(noun/verb); it helps me realize ___________ _________(helpful thought). If I compare yesterday to a day before Weight Watchers, I can see ______________(sign of change). Every small step I take – even on the bad days – brings me closer to my goal. And that’s awesome!

Try doing this exercise (just a quick mental scan) each day. To keep in mind your everyday awesomeness, create a short personal phrase or affirmation.

Be Your Best Self – Weight Watchers

Be Your Best Self.

Embrace your possibilities and live your dreams! Discover – and unleash – your inner AWESOME!

“If you can imagine it, you can create it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward

Consider all the things that make up you: your characteristics, habits, beliefs, strengths, responsibilities, relationships, and so on. If those things were separate pieces of  luggages, what would you take with you to the future? What would you leave behind?

We can all imagine idealized versions of ourselves. There’s power in that self creation; it’s the first step to actually owning that identity. When you change how you see yourself, you change your world. Being your best self opens you up to so many possibilities: healthy living, loving relationships, and fulfilling work.When those parts of your life are thriving, positive choices become second nature. As the saying goes, “Happy people make healthier decisions!” Meet your best self, opposite.

Best Self Portrait

THINK ABOUT YOUR “DREAM” SELF. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT?

My best self is ________________ (positive adjective) and __________ (positive adjective). My best self likes to __________ (healthy action) and ____________ (healthy action). When faced with a challenge, my best self thinks ______________ (encouraging thought) and _________________ (effective action). On a typical day, my best self chooses to eat __________ (healthy food) and __________ (healthy food). In a typical week, my best self gets in a few workouts, including  ____________ (exercise/activity) and _____________ (exercise/activity). My best self takes time out for relaxing, restoring breaks such as ___________ (enjoyable action). Over all, my best self feels _________ (positive emotion) about life. If a new weight watchers member asked for my definition of success, my best self would say  “____________”(positive motto).

Who’s Got Your Back – Weight Watchers

Who’s Got Your Back?

How to get the support you need, when you need it.

How to find – and get – the support you need.

No man or woman is an island – the power of your meeting is testimony to that. Think about how you feel after hearing a great insight from a fellow member, or when you get a pep talk from your leader. As you lose weight, maintain a weight loss, and live a healthier life, that support is priceless.

You can also get it from your family – partner, kids, parents, siblings – and friends. For encouragement, information – or a kick in the pants – also consider less obvious sources: coworkers, the message boards and community on weight watchers.com, instructors at your gym, 24/7 chat on weightwatchers.com (etools subscribers only), the weight watchers Facebook page.

Your Support Network

To pinpoint the best source of support to get you through a tough spot, this exercise can help. Write a weight-loss challenges in the column on the left. Write what you need to overcome that challenge in the middle. Finally, who or what can help you? Write that support source in the column on the right. Now you have a line up you can approach any time you’re struggling with a particular issue!

  • Challenges: Write the areas and issues you find challenging: snacking at work, exercise excuses, overrating at family events,  etc. Be specific and detailed (this is for your eyes only!).
  • Solutions:  For each challenge, devise a fix (“Move the candy bowl off the file cabinet.” “Be accountable to someone for daily workout.” “Avoid food pushers.”)
  • Support Network: Write who (or what) can deliver each solution.

“Can You Help?”

Most people are happy, even eager, to help – but you have to ask! once you’ve identified your potential supporters, think about whether you want them toots doing something or to start doing something. It might even be a little tricky. Then ask: keep your voice neutral, focus on your needs, and be specific. Finally, remember to thank your supporter!