When you’re trying to lose or maintain weight it’s important to have a plan-friendly environment. The topic of discussion at yesterday’s Weight Watchers meeting was creating smart spaces.
Whether its your home, workplace, restaurant or some other place figure out how to make it work for you. One of the other members has a new job and her desk is literally in the break room. She has people traipsing in and out all day to prepare and eat food. She dealt with it by having her favorite lower-calorie snacks on hand and constantly drinking water.
My strategies for spaces I go regularly include:
- Office: Drawer with plan-friendly snacks (protein bars, jerky, nuts) and packing perishable snacks daily.
- Home: Keep my husband’s high calorie treats hidden away. It helps that he prefers things I don’t.
- Traveling: Pack snacks for the time away. I’ll be doing that this weekend for a trip to Memphis.
How do you control your spaces?
I haven’t posted my weight loss status for two weeks. The first week I had a meal plan which we followed to the T and made sure my spaces were well-controlled. The second week was the exact opposite.
There wasn’t a meal plan and I never went to the grocery store. As you can imagine, I didn’t do well in terms of eating and exercise that week. Of course, I didn’t take pictures of the burrito, burger, fries and other things I ate. So here’s how it went that first week!
This omelette breakfast from Mimi’s (with spinach in the middle) was split between two days.
I had a Greek salad with chicken for lunch. Some of the chicken shown in the picture was saved for a sandwich the next day.
One night’s dinner was grilled sirloin steak with quinoa and sauteed squashes.
Despite getting lots of activity in and having 30 weekly points left, I was exactly the same at weigh-in the first week. Yesterday, my lack of activity and poor choices did show up at the scale. I was up an even pound bringing the total weight loss back to:
I won’t weigh in this week due to travel but plan to do what I can to have that gone at the next weigh-in.
Yesterday, I planned all our meals until I leave Thursday and bought the food needed to make it happen. Yes, that’s called creating a smart place!
How did your week go?