1. Plan how you're going to track your eating and begin tracking. It doesn't matter how you do it, as long as you do it. In my experience, tracking what you're eating is one of the keys to successful weight-loss. So, will you be counting calories, watching carbs, counting Points? Whichever you chose, figure out what you need and stick to it this week.
If you're going to be counting Points, make sure you've got all the Weight Watchers materials you need. If you're going to be counting calories, you might want to check out SparkPeople or The Daily Plate to help you do that. Both are free. Here's a simple formula from The Biggest Loser Simple Swaps to help you figure out how many calories you need:
Your present weight X 7 = Your daily calorie goal
Note: According to the book, if you are below 150 lbs. you should check with your doctor about your daily calorie needs for weight loss. Also, based on the formula above, your calories needs will change as you lose weight, so be sure and check it every so often (I'm planning on checking mine every 20 lbs. or so) and adjust accordingly.
2. Clean out the kitchen! Toss the junk or donate unopened foods to an area food bank. You can't binge on it or be tempted by it if it's not around. Save yourself the stress and just get rid of it.
That's it for this week. You can do it! Be sure to check in -- by leaving a comment -- and keep yourself accountable. It's not too late to join in if you haven't already. Check last week's challenge and play catch-up.