The Unofficial Weight Watchers Handbook, Chapter 1: Getting Started

Written by illini_girl on 1/1/2012 12:15 PM | COMMENTS (20)

For all the newbies who just signed up and are looking for a quick exit, here’s a must-do list of the top, most proven, surefire ways to fail miserably with Weight Watchers, compiled by yours truly in my forthcoming book, The Unofficial Weight Watchers Handbook:

1. Only spend a few minutes looking over the Getting Started materials. The details can be overwhelming, and you’ll pick up the basics at some point later along the way.
2. Don’t tell people you’ve joined Weight Watchers, until you’re almost to goal. The fewer people you tell, the less explaining you’ll have to do later if you give up.
3. When you first sign up, don’t start officially Tracking until you’ve eaten all the “bad” food in your pantry and kitchen cupboards first.
4. Don’t get bogged down in exact measurements for every little thing you eat. It takes too much time, and you’ll get so tired of it that you’ll quit. It’s much better just to eyeball portion sizes, until you get the hang of it.
5. Did you have a bad day and go over your Daily Points Target? No problem, just start over next week.
6. Fill your pantry with your trigger foods. Part of the program is about testing your willpower. You’ll feel great, knowing that you have the willpower to withstand the torture of having all that junk food stockpiled in your home.
7. Follow the One-Bite-Rule, when it comes to trigger-foods: if you take a bite, you might as well eat the whole thing, because you’ve blown it, at this point.
8. Following the Good Health Guidelines is purely optional. If you’re having trouble staying within your Daily Points Target, the GHG’s should be the first to go.
9. Weigh yourself periodically throughout the day to closely monitor your progress.
10. Don’t set fluffy feel-good goals, like losing a measly 5% of your weight. You’re just kidding yourself by taking your focus away from reaching your ultimate goal weight.

Stay tuned for Chapter 2: Best Practices For Tracking….

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  • Post Image cynna123

    8/9/2012 12:34 PM
    I especially like #2 ... this time around EVERYONE knows I am on WW and they will ask me each week about my progress. No more in the closet dieting for me.


  • Post Image denisem771

    1/2/2012 3:01 PM
    Great advice, thanks for sharing. Seems logical to me. I will try to apply this to my notes. Thanks!


  • Post Image xandra0507

    1/2/2012 10:19 AM
    Love this list. I TOTALLY agree with #2. People are always rooting for you to fail, so the least amount of people you tell, the better you'll do.


  • Post Image medstudent4health

    1/1/2012 9:12 PM
    Here's the stairs analogy that WW's posted as a Facebook status update: "If you’re walking down a set of stairs and you slip on a stair, you get up and continue your walk down. You would never get up and then throw yourself down the rest of the stairs. If you've 'fallen' lately, now's the time to get up, forgive yourself, and move on."


  • Post Image carvemybodynew (nicole)

    1/1/2012 9:06 PM
    My favorite is number 3... I bought the foods, might as well eat them instead of throwing/giving them away, right?


  • Post Image medstudent4health

    1/1/2012 9:05 PM
    I have that "all or nothing" mentality that doesn't really help in WW's Land. So when you wrote about "if you take a bite, you might as well eat the whole thing, because you’ve blown it, at this point," I totally know where you're coming from! Because I find myself struggling with that. I think of the stair case analogy. Dealing with this is a work in progress for me.


  • Post Image ladypeterbilt

    1/1/2012 9:02 PM
    Too funny.....I have a feeling most of us with WW`s have been there done that....roflmao


  • Post Image spechacek

    1/1/2012 8:00 PM
    Great advice-when I first started reading-didn't realize it was for was to make WW fail-LOL. I thought this advice isn't good but then read what you really meant. Look forward to chapter 2. Good even for us old timers!!


  • Post Image polkadotzebra

    1/1/2012 7:51 PM
    Hilarious!!!!


  • Post Image suerae1

    1/1/2012 6:42 PM
    LOL - love it.


  • Post Image missflavia1 (flavia)

    1/1/2012 6:05 PM
    Love it. You are fabulous, smart as a whip, truthful, and so inspirational. Thank you!


  • Post Image bgruensfelder (beverly)

    1/1/2012 4:33 PM
    Love it! Especially the weighing yourself several times daily! You forgot the "before and after elimination" part!


  • Post Image kbc603

    1/1/2012 4:04 PM
    Spoken like a true veteran! Very funny.


  • Post Image ekharmon

    1/1/2012 3:59 PM
    LOL! You are hilarious!


  • Post Image spechacek

    1/1/2012 3:57 PM
    Great advice-when I first started reading-didn't realize it was for was to make WW fail-LOL. I thought this advice isn't good but then read what you really meant. Look forward to chapter 2. Good even for us old timers!!


  • Post Image fitseal (cindy)

    1/1/2012 3:27 PM
    There is alot of wisom in these words-for newbies and those of us that aren't quite so new!


  • Post Image bellringer981

    1/1/2012 3:26 PM
    LOL!


  • Post Image roxieravenclaw

    1/1/2012 1:39 PM
    Nice. Made me go *snerk*--although I sorta disagree with 2. I don't tell people I'm on WW because I don't like the negative reactions I've gotten from people in my life. I don't need people preaching to me because they think they know better than WW does. (Riiiight--and these are the same people who are grossly overweight themselves. Pot meet kettle much?)


  • Post Image tomtars' (susan)

    1/1/2012 1:17 PM
    Love it.


  • Post Image jpearl5

    1/1/2012 1:09 PM
    AHHH. the voice of experience! :)




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