Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Yesterday I ate a nectarine. And I liked it.
This is not a surprise; I've eaten nectarines before. And I've liked them before. But for some reason I don't think of fruit as my go to snack.
Ok, now I'm about to say something that I've heard others say and I always thought they were full of...you know.
The nectarine was better than the Skinny Cow Dream Clusters.
That's right, better. I thoroughly enjoyed that nectarine. It was sweet, it had texture, it was fully satisfying.
So why oh why don't I eat fruit more often? I like it, I buy it. I tell my kids to eat it. Am I just not in that habit? Have I programmed myself to not want fruit?
How do I reprogram myself? Ah, this is the $64,000 question, eh?
Sunday, July 01, 2012
I am not a weight loss newbie. I've been dieting for over half my life so I know the ropes. Nothing is a surprise about losing weight except my own behavior.
I lost three pounds my first week. Hey, that's great, right? I lost, which is much better than gaining. I even lost more than the recommended 2 pounds per week. So why do I feel a pang of disappointment?
Effort is directly proportional to results. My effort last week was about 70%. It is no surprise that my results were what they were.
Still, I wanted to lose more. I wanted to lose 5 pounds. Or more. It would make me feel better. It would make me feel successful. It would make me feel like it's ok to put in 70% effort and I'll still get the results I want.
Honestly, I really want to lose 50 pounds my first week. I want to wake up tomorrow and be 50 pounds lighter. No, I want to snap my fingers or twitch my nose and lose the weight just like that. Now. I don't want to work at it. I don't want to have to put in any effort. I want to eat what I've always been eating and still lose weight.
What do you mean that's not the way it works? I can put on weight very quickly. I swear I can gain 10 pounds in a week. So why can't I lose weight very quickly? Why doesn't it work like that?
I must embrace this pace. If I have any hope of sticking with it, I need to be motivated by the scale, not enslaved by it. And I need to keep my eye on the big picture and not get bogged down by what happens week by week.
Easier said than done.
I will embrace the sloth.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Last night we ate at Zoe's Kitchen. It's a popular choice to eat out with the kids because there is a large patio with lots of seating so the kids can burn off some energy while the grown-ups chat. It's also a popular choice for me because their menu seems pretty healthy. Lots of salads, lots of grilled chicken entrees. Very calorie conscious.
Last night I was feeling peckish so I had the chicken salad sampler. Sure, it has more carbs, but I was doing very well with my carbs so I thought it would be ok. It comes with a little scoop of potato salad, a slightly bigger scoop of pasta salad, and a pile of slaw. I also had a side greek salad.
So how many calories would you think were in all that? 500? 800? Surely no more than 1000! They're salads after all.
Well, when I got home I looked on their website and entered the nutrition info into the tracker. Boy was I surprised.
The chicken salad alone was over 500 calories and 43 grams of fat. The potato salad had 240 calories and 15 grams of fat. I got away easy with the pasta salad and slaw, each with less than 200 calories and less than 10 grams of fat. And my "healthy" side salad? 150 calories.
In this one meal, I ate an entire day's worth of calories. I really thought it was the better option. I could have had the pita pizza and eaten less.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
If I don't write it down in the food tracker, then it didn't happen. Right?
I've recently returned to work and I find myself buying a lot more prepared foods from the grocery store. I try hard to plan for the week in advance and buy everything I need on our weekly trip to Sam's Club. It makes mealtime during the week go smoothly - especially when I buy the prepared dishes that just need to be reheated or can be eaten cold.
So last night we had our quick meal of chicken enchilada and broccoli salad. I must say they are delicious. But as I'm eating the cheesy goodness I start to think about how many calories and fat grams are in my dinner.
You see, I'm still caught by surprise about the things I eat. I had a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast. Plus a yogurt parfait. That cream cheese had used up just about all my allotted fat for the day. And I never gave thought to how many calories were in a bagel. More than a slice of bread, sure. But 6 times more? Yikes!
As I'm eating broccoli salad for dinner, I realize there's bacon in it and start to think about what that will do to my nutrition report. Honestly, I haven't given a damn about what goes into my mouth in over ten years. I've lost weight in that time, done several diets, but I never wrote everything down and looked at the nutritional value.
I feel uncomfortable. I feel guilty. I resolve not to write it down in my tracker.
The thought does occur to me last night that this is rather silly. Like the tracker will dictate how much weight I gain or lose. If I only write down the foods I eat that keep me within the bounds, then I will lose weight.
I have done this before: eaten more than I tracked, gotten on the scale and felt disappointed that I hadn't lost more weight. Not surprised, but still disappointed.
This morning, I logged in, opened the nutrition tracker and clicked back to yesterday. In went dinner. Yes, it put me over, by a lot. And yes, I feel better.
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