...a Chinese proverb. I like it. In other words: talking is not doing. Spending all your time talking about doing a thing instead of actually doing the thing, is going to leave you in the wrong place, without the result you were hoping for. Or, the words of every Weight Watchers leader I've ever had: "If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got." Yeah. Turns out they know what they're talking about.
With that in mind, I'm climbing back from my spectacular fall from grace after Easter. April contained Easter, my birthday, our anniversary and a (wonderful, fabulous, amazing) weekend trip to London. I'm ashamed to say that I stopped trying.
Since then I've re-established a gym routine (somewhat stymied this week, to my irritation, by the gym being closed for 2 days to install new equipment, but that can only be good for the future), returned to my Weight Watchers class, and made a significant change to the way I follow the plan.
Until now I have been using the Weight Watchers app on my iPhone to track my food and activity points every week. It occurred to me that although it's convenient and useful, it's also making me very lazy. I don't have to actually think about how many points are in something, I just feed it into the app and press the button and it does all the work for me. Because I haven't been having to look things up and write them down, I really don't know how many points are in a lot of things. I've been getting complacent. Although I know when I've used all my daily points and how many of my weekly ones have been used, I don't always know where they've gone.
At my meeting on Wednesday morning, I invested in one of these beauties. Pretty, isn't it? Mine is the design second from the left. Shiny.
It contains places to write your thoughts and feelings, your reasons for doing what you're doing, to record your weight, measurements and the like, and to record your meal plans and daily food and drink intake, enough for 12 weeks. Everything in one neat place. It even has a space to put a photo of me now and a photo of me in 12 weeks. All this for the bargain price of £4.50.
My hope is that by using this to record my food and exercise instead of the iPhone app, I am going to be made to actually think about what I'm eating, and with any luck make wiser choices instead of randomly slotting things into the tracker on the iPhone and winging it. It's sitting next to me now with a purple pen resting on top of it - I'm going to try to take them with me everywhere that I'm likely to eat or drink anything for the next 12 weeks. Maybe just having it with me and remembering to pick it up and take it along each day will help me to refocus as well. It'll also be helpful to be able to look back at old ones and see what I did in a good week, and to look back for inspiration for lunches and evening meals.
At class this week my leader said that the most motivated and driven members in her other class all seem to swear by the use of their journals. That's good enough for me.