OK, that title is actually a misnomer. After all, I've been on Weight Watchers since 1971. Since I have not been locked into my house for those entire 37+ years, I have traveled. The difference this time is that I'm following the new Momentum Plan and -- contrary to past excursions -- I am hoping to actually lose weight, rather than merely maintain.
Wanna know what I discovered?
OMG! This is not an easy process!
I am the newest member of a speakers' Mastermind Group with Rich DiGirolamo, Anita Paul, and Margie Thomas. They (now "We") meet four times a year in various parts of the country. Each meeting lasts two days with a day before for socializing. That means four days of being on the road, which means four days of not being able to weigh and measure everything. Well, to be honest, I don't weigh and measure everything, but when I'm at home, I've been much more careful lately. Also, since last week's weigh-in caused me to stay flat, I am really hoping for a loss this week. I know these minor plateaus are part of the picture, but I'd prefer them to be a smaller part of the picture.
In the recent past, when traveling, I'd go on a "modified Core plan." That meant, that I'd eat what I wanted in small servings and only at meal time. I would only eat one serving when I did eat. I would not bring food into my hotel room. I would rarely eat between meals. I would walk whenever possible and I would drink lots of water. That served me pretty well because I would usually come home at about the same weight as I left, which was all I wanted. However, this time, I'm hoping for a loss.
So, how do you lose weight during the holidays while on the Momentum Plan? Wanna know my secret?
I actually decided to do what I tell my members: set a realistic goal; just stay in control. The stress of trying to travel and lose weight was enough to make me want to eat. So, I simply got realistic. (Although Anita took us to In-N-Out-Burger and I did have one of their burgers and some fries. I'm sorry. I just don't get it about that place. There's a line stretching across the city, a crazed mob inside the place, and people look at In-N-Out Burgers as some sort of cult. It's a burger for God's sake! Get a grip!)
I decided, "Enjoy yourself. Do what you do. Be careful. And when you get back home, get real serious."
It's not a cop-out. I think it's realism. I'm still a little bit nervous about my weigh in tomorrow, but I think I'll do alright, whatever the result.
My observations about In-N-Out Burger