Teresa.... I know you mentioned tracking/not tracking some in this thread. So bringing the topic back up.
I find after 3 weeks tracking points isn't feeling necessary to help me know what to eat/how much, etc. All 3 weeks I ended up with almost identical weekly points left, used similar daily points, earned similar activity points, etc. I think I know if I have a huge lunch, I should take it easy at night. Instead of having some ice cream every night like I used to, I now eat it only on my light eating days. And I know on weekends that is when I splurge the most but only have 2 meals in a day versus 3.
I have never been into journaling/writing things down/tracking, and I am starting to wonder now if I should just try this without the online tracking. I know there are many times that I cheat a bit on the points anyway because some items they consider to be far more points than what it should be. Like cheese...they must hate cheese because if you get anything with cheese it has a million points, but for me that is often the protein in my sandwiches as I prefer not to eat a bunch of lunchmeat. So I am not really taking in tons more calories....just eating something that they consider to be a large number of points.
And then one thing I decided this past weekend, is that I hated feeling like I couldn't eat at night if I ate a less than healthy lunch. I think now I am going to make myself eat something good, even if it is just a piece of toast, as I don't want to feel like I can't eat. Once I feel deprived too much I get annoyed.
So, I think I am going to try this week with just following the basic plan but with no tracking and see how I do. Is that where you are now with it?
I forgot to let you know that the pants thing is a great measure...I can tell a big difference already that some pants/shorts aren't tight like they were 5 lbs ago