It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I made the decision to transform my lifestyle and become a healthier person. For so many years I yo-yo’ed up and down in weight, never finding the right formula to make any plan stick. I would deprive and then binge. I would exercise like a crazy person for months and then skip the gym for a year. It’s easy for me to look back now and see that I wasn’t living the best life I possibly could. But honestly, I think it took hitting my mid-30’s and discovering that I was more than OK with who I am to find the path to who I truly wanted to be. While weight factored into this journey, for me it was more about getting healthy; about finding a way to not only be there for my kids but to inspire them to live their best life. While my journey has taught me to find forms of exercise I love (like hiking) and trade out my sodas for water, probably the most important part of this journey for me was discovering that what I eat is the key to how I feel. I’m not really sure how it took me so many years to come to the conclusion that what I put in my body is going to determine my success in living a healthier lifestyle. But I’m finally there. I’m making smart choices and I’m feeling better than ever. And while for me, putting a balanced dinner on the table has just become a way of life, the final step to my complete lifestyle transformation was discovering that smart snack options are easy to find and can be amazingly delicious!
For me, snacking has always been a problem. I’m a pretty disciplined person when it comes to meals and have learned a lot about creating balanced breakfasts, lunches and dinners that I can stick to and feel good about. But it’s the snacking in between that I’ve battled to beat. It’s not like I start out the day with the intention to snack yet still I find myself heading to the pantry or digging through the fridge for something to “just hold me over till dinner”. 2 o’clock (right after my workout) seems to be my prime snack time and the time of day that I most struggle to stay on track. It’s the time right before the kids get off school and I’m usually scrambling to finish up my day. And I’ve discovered that during that thirty-minute period, I can make some not so smart choices. So I’ve started being proactive by taking a few simple steps and putting together some smart snack options that not only satisfy me but that I can also look forward to! Here’s how I’m doing it.
Have Smart Snack Options on Hand
I used to subscribe to the school of thought that if I didn’t have snacks on hand, I wouldn’t be tempted. WRONG! Trust me when I say I can always be able to find something to munch on so I’ve discovered that a smarter way to deal with snacking is by having smart snack options on hand. Having used the Weight Watchers Points system myself, it only made sense that I’d apply the same principals to snack time. Inspired by this idea, I headed to Walmart to stock up on better for me choices like fruit and Weight Watchers Light String Cheese!
I’m gonna fully admit that I’m a cheese lover! The texture of it paired with the taste just makes it a perfect snack for me. But as many of you healthy mamas know, if I want to stay on track with my weight maintenance goals, choosing smart snack options when it comes to cheese is essential! Thankfully, with the amazing taste and full flavor of Weight Watchers Light String Cheese, I’ve got a perfect starting point for smart snack options! Not only is this pull apart cheese fun and completely satisfying but it’s made from milk, individually wrapped so that I don’t eat half a bag (it’s OK, nod along) and only 1 SmartPoint per serving! Total score right?
When paired with an apple or carrots, it makes a satisfying snack that delivers big when it comes to flavor and leaves me feeling like I’m making smart choices instead of depriving myself or reaching for whatever options I happen to find.
If I’ve had an extra hard workout, I can even pair Weight Watchers Light String Cheese with a protein shake or smoothie to ensure that I’m full and satisfied till dinner, all without throwing me off track.
By simply ensuring that I have smart snack choices on hand, the temptation to grab something on my way to school or eat half a box of those cookies that are meant for the kid’s lunchboxes disappears.
Instead, I know that I’m staying on track with my weight maintenance goals in a way that I can feel good about!
Think Through Your Choices
With smart snack options like Weight Watchers Light String Cheese on hand, it’s not hard to make better snacking choices but in addition to ensuring that my fridge is stocked with better for me options, I’ve adopted the habit of thinking before I eat. Sounds simple right? Well, I’ll admit that I’m a mindless eater. I can grab something and head to my computer and not even realize that I ate half a bag of it until I’m already done. The individually wrapped sticks of Weight Watchers Light String Cheese really help with this but so does stopping, writing down what I’m going to snack on and adding up the points.
It not only makes me think but it gives me time to evaluate my choices instead of simply letting my hunger speak. That way, by the time I get to my snack, I’ve seen the benefits of my smart snack options instead of letting my hunger derail my healthy living success!
Remember the End Goal
While having smart snack options on hand and thinking through my choices pretty much ensures that I’m making good daily decisions when it comes to staying on track with my weight maintenance goals, sometimes it’s important to simply remember why I changed the way I was eating in the first place. For me, all it takes is looking back at a picture from a year ago when I wasn’t looking or feeling my best and then seeing the transformation I’ve achieved in the mirror.
It’s about thinking through the fact that I want to be able to keep up with my kids and make everyday an adventure. And it’s about treating my body right so that I can hopefully be around for a very long time!
Whatever your end goal is, whether it’s weight loss, weight maintenance or simply living a better life, remember that goal when you start to make poor snack choices and then reach for smart snack options like Weight Watchers Light String Cheese that is better for you and totally satisfying too!
Are you ready to start making better choices and reaching (and maintaining) your goals? While I won’t say my journey has been easy, I will say that the changes I’ve made are ones that I will never regret! Wherever you are in your journey, today is the day to get back on track. Start by ensuring you have smart snack options on hand. To get started, be sure to head to Walmart where you can save $1.00 on two (2) Weight Watchers Cheese items from now until January 31st, 2017 using this coupon (limited quantity of coupons available). It’s a winning offer since right now, during the Take The Great Taste Challenge, Weight Watchers is guaranteeing that you’ll love their light cheese or get your money back! If you’re one of those people who think it just won’t taste the same, put Weight Watchers Cheese to the test! From now until April 30, 2017, Weight Watchers is providing a money back guarantee offer because they are so sure you’ll love the taste of their better for you products! For full terms and conditions as well as details, be sure to visit www.TakeTheGreatTasteChallenge.com!
So what are you waiting for? Whether it’s a total lifestyle change or just the perfect fit for the healthy lifestyle you’re already living, Weight Watchers Cheese is a great way to help you stay on track to all your goals!
Tell me, what would you pair with Weight Watchers Cheese for a satisfying, better for you snack?