My tracker, my check book.
I’ve been working on reframing my mind to think of Weight Watchers points as money. Each food I consume costs a certain amount, and when I run out of money, that’s it for the day. So I need to make smart choices. I’ve had problems in the past where I thought to myself, “Oh, going over a little here and there won’t hurt.” But I forgot how much that adds up, plus how much easier it is to go over and over your point limit again and again, even with flex points factored in.
So now I think of points as money. If I can’t afford the item I want, I just plain can’t have it. When you’re out of money, you don’t tell yourself that one little incident of shoplifting won’t hurt, and just take what you wanted to buy. No way. And going over my points here would be just like that. It’s stealing from myself. From my health. From my progress. If I wanted to, I could earn a little extra with some hard work (i.e. earn extra points by exercising). But a few extra dollars earned doesn’t mean my wallet suddenly overfloweth. It still comes down to budgeting.
Your points, or nutrients or calories or whatever you track, are your budget for the day. When your pockets are empty of “money” to spend, that’s it. You can’t afford to cross that line into theft. It’s not worth it. You gotta use your “money” wisely if you want to “shop” all day, but when you’re done, you’re DONE. No excuses. Stealing isn’t worth the taste of a cookie or whatever your vice may be. Respect your body enough not to steal from it when you’re trying to work together toward a common goal. Now here’s Michael Jackson moonwalking because I can (and also for Natasha!)