Saturday, September 22, 2012
I was getting so frustrated by not making any progress that I decided I had to make additional changes. On Thursday, I joined a weight loss program to enlist some support. I signed up for a monthly pass, knowing that if I'm paying for a program, I will pay closer attention. Stepping on a scale to weigh in once a week and recording it in black and white will make me much more accountable. I am doing this in conjunction with Spark People and am very excited about it.
The first thing that became apparent, upon analysis, was that I don't eat enough food. Apparently this can be common with some people who are hypothyroid. I was shocked to say the least. I am back to tracking everything that goes into my mouth. Right now, I'm taking a look at food combinations. By this I mean balancing my intake of all different kinds food and still staying within my range. I had fallen into the rut of limiting the variety of foods that I was consuming. Yesterday was my first full day eating with a wider variety of food. I had a little bit of difficulty eating enough because I eat so many fruits and veggies and their calorie count is so low. I talked to Slenderella61 about it today at the gym. She suggested that I add more nuts and foods like avocado. I'm going to try doing that and see what happens.
What is amazing is that I'm so over weight and am used to cutting back on what I eat instead of increasing what I eat. However, the focus isn't just on calories but on the value the food is bringing to my body. For example, eating lots of fresh vegetables and fruits is good but I need to pair that with more lean protein, healthy fats and .... gasp!!!.... more healthy carbohydrates. In the last week I have rediscovered the joy of the baked sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are delicious when topped with unsweetened cinnamon applesauce. Yummy! I am also looking at the sugar content in the foods that I buy. Staying away from processed food as much as possible helps me to avoid added sugar and sodium.
This morning when I got on the scale, my weight dropped 2 pounds. Finally, I am making some progress. The advantage of this new way of eating is that I am never ravenously hungry. When you feel full, you have fewer cravings. So far so good!!! So, if you see a blur zooming past you this week, that is me doing my happy dance!