One of the things I’ve always loved about the Weight Watchers program is that it allows me to eat anything I want as long as I counts the PointsPlus value for it. I love the freedom that affords me. If I decide I want to splurge on a bacon cheeseburger from time to time, I can. If I want to have a piece of cake or pie, I can. When one has a lot of weight to lose like I do, there’s a lot to be said for that because it helps keep the feelings of deprivation at bay. All that being said, I’ve decided on a change of course with my Weight Watchers eating plan.
As you may remember, about a year ago, I spent a week doing my great Simply Filling Experiment. If you’re interested, you can read my recap of my week on Simply Filling. In the nutshell, I really enjoyed my week on Simply Filling and actually had a great loss on the scale that week. The biggest thing I didn’t like about it was that everything was just new again for me. I was out of my PointsPlus counting comfort zone. I had to stop and think about everything again at every meal. Just about the time I was finally getting comfortable with it, my week was over and I went back to counting PointsPlus again because I was easier for me since it was familiar and that’s what I’ve done since.
Lately, I’ve been finding myself more and more wanting to get more in touch with my actual hunger cues rather than eating simply because it was either a meal time or because I still had PointsPlus values remaining for the day. I also want to move away from eating so many processed foods. Now, I realize I don’t actually have to move away from tracking PointsPlus values to make either of those things happen, but it’s just a lot easier for me to do that if I switch back to the Simply Filling Technique.
With Simply Filling, I’m free to eat any foods I like from the Power Foods list (PDF document) until I’m satisfied. I don’t have to weigh, measure, or track any of them, unless I choose to. Even though I need to eat mostly from the Power Foods list, there’s a HUGE variety of wonderful foods included on it! In addition to the lots of fresh fruits and veggies, you can also have things like whole grains, lean proteins, nonfat dairy, and more! With a little creativity, it’s quite easy to create delicious and satisfying meals using just Power Foods.
With all this in mind, I’ve decided to undertake a more lengthy Simply Filling challenge for myself. I switched to Simply Filling yesterday and plan to stick with it until at least the end of the year, regardless of what happens on the scale. At the end of the year, I’ll evaluate how I think things have gone and will decide whether I’ll continue with Simply Filling into the new year or switch back to tracking PointsPlus instead.
Over the next few weeks, I hope you’ll follow me along on this journey. My plan is to share some of the meals and/or recipes I use during this experiment to help show that there really is more to Simply Filling that just eating a piece of grilled chicken or fish and some veggies. I really want to think outside the box and get creative with this. If you’ve been doing Simply Filling and have any tips for or any links to great Simply Filling recipes, please leave them for me in a comment below.
Until next time …