When I started Weight Watchers my daily Points Plus allowance was 43. That number has decreased as I’ve lost weight. Now my daily allowance is 39. The decrease is gradual, at a rate of one point every few weeks. The decrease to 39 has seemed harder than the others, but I think it’s mostly psychological. The difference between 40 and 39 just looks a lot larger than the difference between 41 and 40.
Today I realized that if I’m able to stick to this plan all the way to my goal weight, my daily Points Plus allowance will one day be just 2/3 what it is today. I started to feel a bit overwhelmed thinking that it would be impossible to eat so little per day for a long period of time. But after I’d thought about it a bit more I realized that when the time comes, I’m just going to have to do it, and that hopefully it won’t be as bad as it sounds because:
- 2/3 the points does not actually mean 2/3 the food. Fruits and non-starchy vegetables are zero Points Plus. As my points allowance goes down I’ll have to rely more on filling up with produce.
- I’ll still have weekly points. Part of what made this transition to 39 so difficult was that I had such a crazy weekend and was unable to pad the 39 with weekly points from Monday on out. Not the best plan in retrospect! Not doing this may become more important as my daily point allowance becomes smaller.
- It will be gradual. Thirty-nine feels challenging, but I’m doing it. Twenty-six will feel more challenging but I’ll have to do that too. No one said this was going to be easy, but I should be able to get through because
- It will be temporary. Once I’ve lost enough weight I’ll be very happy to add the extra points that we get in maintenance mode thank you very much.
So yeah, that is years from now but the more planning ahead I do the easier it should be when the time comes. But looking back over that list, the tricks that I hope will someday help me stick to a 26-point allowance in the future could also help me stick to 39 today.
This isn’t the first time I’ve gotten ahead of myself with the diet planning. And I’ve thought farther ahead than that. One of the reasons that I started this blog is that I read once upon a time that almost everyone who loses a substantial amount of weight gains it back, but that the ones who don’t are those who make weight maintenance a major part of their lives, such as by working as a dietitian or in the weight loss industry. This blog, which I hope will be bustling by then, is my attempt at approximating that effect. This blog is a big part of my maintenance plan, and in order for it to work then, I have to prepare now.
I’m in this for the long haul. But for now I should probably move on to planning what I’m going to eat today!