My Weight Loss Christmas Wish List

My Christmas wish list is mostly things that don’t exist or aren’t invented yet, that would make it easier to lose weight and stay at goal.

Auto-balance dinner plate – When I get a little heavy handed serving myself and my plate starts to reflect it, an auto-balance plate rearranges its contents to establish balance of nutrients and calories.

A self-balancing plate would replace two of the items on this plate with vegetables and/or lean protein and reduce the serving size of the remaining item.

A self-balancing plate would replace two of the items on this plate with vegetables and/or lean protein and reduce the serving size of the remaining item.

Self-tracking food journal – I find that if my weight starts to creep upwards tracking is the best way to get it back where it should be. I can track with an app on my phone, but I really prefer to see it in writing. I like to be able to flip through the pages of a food journal to see what I’ve been eating and if there are positive or potentially destructive trends. A journal that automatically tracks in my handwriting would be a most cherished gift!

I like to see what I've eaten actually written down on a page. Electronic tracking devices can be handy, but I prefer to track by hand. This food journal writes down what I eat, if I forget to do it myself.

I like to see what I’ve eaten actually written down on a page. Electronic tracking devices can be handy, but I prefer to track by hand. This food journal writes down what I eat, if I forget to do it myself.

Self-starting pedometer – Getting up from a sitting position and walking at regular intervals supports good health and healthy weight. I know I miss opportunities to get up and take a little walk and a self-starting pedometer would recognize all those opportunities I might miss. It would give me a little zap to remind me to get up and if I didn’t get up right away after 30 seconds it would deliver a second zap that was slightly more uncomfortable. If I still ignored the gentler reminders, a final zap would be strong enough to make me jump up out of my seat. Now that it got me up, I might as well take that little walk.

This pedometer doesn't just count steps, it also makes the user get up to take steps!

This pedometer doesn’t just count steps, it also makes the user get up to take steps!

Magic mirror – I don’t want a mirror that reflects a false image of me. I don’t want a mirror that makes me look thinner or younger than I actually am. I want a mirror that makes me love exactly what I see every time I stand in front of it. Instead of scrutinizing my image for flaws, imperfections, wrinkles and rolls, I want to stand in front of a mirror and see the real me, a happy, healthy me!

I need to stop looking in mirrors looking for what I don't like. I want a mirror that reflects the real me and makes me love what I see.

I need to stop looking in mirrors looking for what I don’t like. I want a mirror that reflects the real me and makes me love what I see.

Magic scale – I don’t want a scale that lies to me. I just want a scale that warns me that I’m going the wrong way if my weight creeps up by more than a pound or two. It talks and the message it gives is, “start tracking because you don’t want to keep going in this direction!” It gives me encouraging messages to keep taking good care of myself.

No unpleasant surprises when I step on this special scale!

No unpleasant surprises when I step on this special scale!

 

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.