So, that said, I'm already kind of working it on my own! I'm still using the Slim Fast products, because they're convenient, and they actually do what they're supposed to, if utilized properly. For example, a Slim Fast meal bar, in and of itself, isn't enough to fill me up. But when paired with my morning coffee and a light yogurt, I actually feel stuffed, all for about 6 Points! That's pretty good.
Being busy at work has ended up frustrating me, though. I don't have enough time to eat the food I bring with me. Today, I got my coffee, my meal bar, my yogurt... and then I made myself break to suck down a shake, a South Beach Diet bar, and some peach slices... but that was all I had time for. By the time I got home, I discovered that I still had about half my points left! I wasn't ravenous or anything, but I still had to cook for Jon. I hadn't thawed any meat or anything, so I improvised a Mexi-style omelet, with carmelized onions, mushrooms, spinach, and chihuahua cheese, which I served up with fresh salsa, tortilla chips, and corn. It ended up being a nice, easy dinner. I really didn't feel like analyzing it with the Points Tracker. I'm still getting used to it, especially since I'm kind of a sporadic cook - I tend to improvise, and not really keep track of how much of what I'm putting in something. I should get better about that.
Prepared food is easy, but cooking sometimes seems like a daunting exercise. It takes a while to build a meal in WW so you can calculate the points... but I need to use it, so that I'm conscious of what I'm eating, and what these foods are doing for me (or to me, as the case may be). But I'm not a WW freak. I don't know if that will ever suit me. I track diligently throughout the day, but in the evening, I'm either too tired or two lazy to sit down and calculate dinner out. I figure I must be doing ok... I've lost almost five pounds in my first week, and I couldn't feel better about it.
But building day food for myself? Not a problem. I have such a crazy schedule while that I just generally throw in things I can munch on while I'm working, and overall, I know the points values for those types of foods, or can make some sort of educated guess.
Let's hope the luck continues, shall we?