I never gain weight in the summer; fall is a different story!

Bye bye summer! I’m going to miss you!IMG_3280

Summer is my “natural weight maintenance season.” 

It’s easier to do the things that keep my weight down. It comes naturally. It’s not a matter of “should.” It is completely about “want.”

I don’t have to think about what I should eat. I can eat what I really want! Produce is at its best. Nothing tastes as good as fruit and vegetables picked ripe from vines and trees.???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

It’s not a matter of “I should get some exercise.” I love to swim, paddle, row, and play with grandchildren at the park and beach.IMG_3734

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This could be our last chance to run and swim in the ocean for the 2015 season!

Now summer is behind us. As we get deeper into the colder and coldest seasons my weight maintenance autopilot starts to wane. Cold weather keeps me inside. Being inside is usually being seated. Being seated inside increases my appetite (go figure!) The foods I want to eat have more calories per serving.

It’s time to put my Weight Maintenance Plan back into action. It’s neither difficult nor punitive. It’s a matter of paying attention to ensure I continue to balance food and activity.

For me that means back to my Weight Watchers basics.

Yup, weekly weigh-ins, meeting visits, and attention to what I eat, how much I eat, and how full or empty my belly actually is. Counting and tracking isn’t the answer for me. It drives me to think about food non stop which tends to make me want to eat non stop, but there is an alternative solution.

Weight Watchers alternate approach to tedious counting and tracking is tailored-made for me. I find the Simply Filling works better than a lot of weighing, measuring and points counting. It’s based on eating foods with high nutritional value and low or lower energy density – that’s another way to say lower calories. 

Maintenance is as much about movement as it is about food. I’d say for me, it’s even more about movement than food. Simply Filling helps me eat, for the most part, intuitively. Physical activity, however, isn’t natural for me. It’s not exactly unnatural, but in the winter it doesn’t happen a lot without my awareness. I could easily sit all day and sleep all night. I guess I kind of go into a human hibernation.

I follow a 3-step activity plan

1. Get up every hour of sitting to take a 5-minute walk.

2. Unless the weather is truly nasty, take dog for 1 1/2 mile walk 2Xs daily.Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 8.28.57 AM

3. Choose active forms of entertainment as much as possible. Movies or Bowling? I’ll take bowling! Shopping or dining out? I’ll take shopping … most of the time.

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.