These are the things that have REALLY helped me stick to Weightwatchers for 6 months now and lose 30lbs. I have broken them down into foods and attitude:
V8 'LOW SODIUM' drink - I am not a fruit & vege' lover so every single day I either have one of the large cans or 11oz from a bottle. That is 1pt and 2 vegetable servings
Frozen Wild Blueberries - again a way to fulfill my vege'/fruits, I have 1 cup (1pt) of DOLE frozen wild blueberries on my cereal everyday, not only does it sweeten the cereal but the wild ones have 50% more antioxidants in them. You could use any berry like this
Hummus - this is a European tradition and extremely healthy, it is basically a dip/spread made from chickpeas and olive oil. But I get the different flavoured one's from Wild Garden (see link down in my list) and it's only 1.5 pt for 4 tbspn. I spread it on veggies, pita bread, crackers or a whole-wheat bun as a sandwich with salad. I buy it by the case from Wild Garden and get it shipped to me
Hostess 100 Cal Cakes - 1pt for the 3 pack of mini chocolate cream filled cakes - a god-send for cravings!
Organic 100% Wholewheat Buns - Mine are made by Rudi's an organic bakery (see links) and I have to either order them through our local co-operative by the case or get them in the city at a health food store. But they are so worth it, only 2pts and amazingly tasty and filling, you can check their website for stockists near you
Baby Spinach - I hate lettuce, so I put this in all my sandwiches
I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray - an essential!
Subway 6" Club on wheat - my go to meal for when we have to eat out and it doesn't need to be a restaurant. No cheese, and mustard as dressing brings this in at 6pts and very filling
Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, Healthy Choice meals - absolute essentials for my freezer. I have a few meals and a few of the panini/pizza sandwiches, great for quick meals or taking to work
The Laughing Cow Cheese Triangles - I use the Garlic or French Onion flavours on sandwiches instead of butter. 1pt each, very tasty and solves the butter issue
BBQ Sauce - I use Head Sauce but it's local to OK. However all BBQ sauces are low pt and this one is just 1pt for 2tbspns. I slather it on chicken breasts and lots of other things
Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches - essential sweet craving solution for just 2pts and very delicious and filling
Homemade Smoothies - I throw in a banana or blueberries or both, Breyers FF Ice Cream, 2% milk, sometimes sugar-free Nesquick and ice cubes. Whizz it all up and I have a delicious meal in a smoothie
2% Milk - not Fat Free, same pts anyway and tastes so much better
Breyers Fat Free Ice Cream - makes all the difference to a smoothie!
Water - I drink at least 80oz daily and constantly carry a water jug with me everywhere I go.
Herbal/Flavoured Tea - I have at least 2 x 16oz mugs of hot tea a day, I love the Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice as it's sweet and warming, but also have Cinnamon Apple, Wild Raspberry, Earl Grey and Green Tea. if I get hungry after my evening meal, I just keep drinking tea until I am no longer hungry!
Pop/Fizzy drinks - I have totally given them up since starting WW
Alcohol - never touch it due to meds, but wouldn't anyway due to pts!
For the first 2 months I turned down every social occasion where eating was involved, or I turned up after the meal. This helped me tremendously in getting a great start and the initial weight loss which then keeps you motivated
I don't do Church Dinners, or if I must I take a Lean Cuisine (etc) with me to heat up. Just by nature, rarely is anything prepared healthily and you have no control over what you are eating
If I eat out I usually choose Applebee's where they have WW meals available, but now I am at the point where I can judge a menu and make wise choices
If I really want something I have it, but then I compensate the rest of the week taking a few pts off everyday
I nearly always use most of my Flexie pts and certainly at least half of them every single week without fail, I don't want to starve when I get to goal and am on Maintenance!
I have done this without exercising at all yet, but I do not recommend this and will be starting soon. Just making the point you can lose without exercise
If friends try to pressure me at all, I get firm with them and if necessary I will just stand up to them and say "NO I am not doing that as I know I can't deal with the temptations there"
All along I have been buying smaller clothes I like as I see them and putting them away, it's a great motivator to try them on occasionally
I have an excellent online/phone buddy to help me also on WW
I TRACK EVERYTHING THAT I EAT RELIGIOUSLY - IT's CRUCIAL. If I can't find, can't estimate or don't know the pts, I won't eat it
I really watch my sodium intake, for my thyroid and water retention
Mindset - this time is different, I know I will succeed, failing is not an option
I am open with everyone about my diet and how much I have lost, now people are saying to me "no way do you need to still lose 40lbs" - I ignore them and carry on!
I finally accepted I need to lose weight to be healthy, NOT just skinny
When people say they can't lose weight, I just say to them "If I can with a thyroid disease working against me, then you certainly can"
I have finally learned to like myself and accept this is not a diet, it's how I will live from now on
I do WW online, no meetings necessary and alot cheaper, but I have iron-clad willpower and a WW buddy of my own
If I am no longer hungry, I stop eating and if I crave something, I wait 10 minutes and really think through the implications of eating it
My mantra = "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels"
I am making a Scrapbook of my weightloss journey for motivation
I'm all about facing up to 'the truth' with myself and everyone else - that's essential for success, don't kid yourself
If you can think of a diet, I will have done it at sometime. No other diet works as well or allows you to eat anything like Weightwatchers - it's the best, end of story