I'm now about two months into Weight Watchers. I slowed down some in my weight loss, especially because the WW app keeps "yelling" at me that I was loosing too quickly. Part of it was that in the beginning (once I got the hang of the point system), it was somewhat easy to eat within the daily points allotted and I rarely needed to us many of the weekly points and never tapped into the points I earned through activity. That is until my running mileage started to ramp up for my half marathon training. When mileage ramps up, so does my appetite. So I've been using those weekly points and occasionally the activity points.
Now that my mileage has creeped up, I'm craving carbs a lot more. I'm trying to make sure I prep in advance of a workout so I don't get out of control hungry after a workout. So the day before a long run, I've been trying to make sure I've fueled really well. It's been working for the most part but I ran 10 miles on Wednesday and I was hungry all.day.long.
I'm down just over 18 pounds so despite the long run munchies, I'm still losing weight. I have another month on my WW membership and as of now, I plan to extend because it does seem to be working for me. Tracking my food has been huge in helping me eat smaller portions, slowing down when I eat and really listening to my body in terms of, am I really hungry or am I ignoring the signs that I'm full? Or am I just bored, sad, anxious, not paying attention to what I'm eating, etc? Those have all been my biggest triggers for over eating . Knowing I have to record everything I eat means I think twice before I eat anything.
One thing I still have trouble deciphering is how I feel at night. Before bed I get very tempted to have a snack. Especially if I have points left to use for the day. The thing is, if I've eaten a balanced dinner, I'm not usually hungry before bed. It's just a habit that I'm having a hard time breaking. I'm trying really hard to force myself to drink a glass of water and just go to bed. Because usually I'm just tired and bored by that time. So why eat when I should just go to bed?! It seems so simple but it's much much much easier said than done!