So I weighed in at Weight Watchers today and I am down 1.8 pounds for a total loss of 7.8 pounds. This puts me quite squarely on track for my short-term September goal and tells me that tracking points+, eating more carefully, and increasing activity really is working.
To make it easier to stay on track at work, I've starting making salads ahead of time and tucking them into a drawer in the staff fridge with plenty of low fat Greek yogurt cups and a bowl of chopped watermelon. No-one else uses the drawers so I don't feel too bad about monopolizing one. And, this way, I always have something to eat at work even if I don't feel up to making lunch that morning. The melon satisfies my craving for something sweet and the yogurt is filling enough to get me through the late afternoon munchies when stress and tiredness drive me to the snack machine.
I've also been trying to process all my fruit and vegetable purchases as soon as I get home from the grocery store. I make a big bowl of salad to go with our suppers, then portion the remaining vegetables, berries, and melon into containers. I use clear containers so I can always immediately see what's where. This way, when I have the munchies at home, I can just grab a bowl of melon or containers of bell pepper strips and guacamole. If I have to think about what to snack on, I will become annoyed and just do the lazy thing -- finish off the open bag of chips my husband left next to the couch, nom some leftover Easter chocolate, etc.