Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Official weigh in day - and just under my maintenance range. Partly that could be dehydration - since I did a spin class last night. I really tried to stay hydrated, but I do feel a bit dry this morning . . . anyway - right on target weight wise!
I feel like I have been doing really well. No binges for a week & heaps of fruit and vege.
- Veges and Fruit
I am continuing to revolve my lunches and dinners around vegetables. Last night I made a salmon & vege pasta salad - then I steamed some zucchini and asparagus. I started with the veges in the bowl - and then put the pasta salad on top. Of course, I ended up having less pasta salad, since the bowl was full after only 2 scoops.
The other day, I made a quick lunch for me and the kids when we were going out for the day. A tub of chopped veges and a peanut butter sandwich - plus a piece of fruit if I needed it. I started with the veges, so did not feel like the fruit.
I did have a slip up last week - interestingly it was on my last weigh in day when I saw a small gain on the scale that morning. Stress? Emotion? Not sure - but since then, nothing. If the cupboard door is left open, I have heard the chocolate/cookies/bread etc whispering to me - but I just close the door - that shuts them up!
I bought a lovely new greek yoghurt which is very satisfying with fruit if I feel like a snack.
Its the last day of the month - and I have to do 26 minutes fitness to achieve my stretch target of 1200 minutes. Can I do it? It is going to be pretty hot today, and I have the kids all day . . .but I will see if I can get there.
We have entered our yearly mountain bike race for Feb. I have lots of training to do, so I have decided to add a spin class to my weekly exercise regime. So that is 2 bike rides, one spin class, one pilates class, plus my own stretch/ST and the random other I can fit in.
I think with all this exercise, I will find maintenance easier. This is not an excuse to eat anything - but I think that if I focus on fruit and vege - and fueling my body with healthy proteins and quality carbs (less white, more brown) - and keeping treats to small portions, then I will be doing fine.
I hope you are having a great day - and that October is wrapping up well for you!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
A quick history
I was never "overweight" - in terms of BMI, my max was 24.5, and before I joined SP was a sitting at 24. I knew I was carrying a little more weight that I wanted to - and wanted to get back to my wedding weight at a BMI of 22.
A couple of years ago, my husband and I took a year off and travelled around Australia. During that time we were doing some exercise (not heaps - since much of the country is so damn hot) and almost all our food was prepared by us. Not a lot of takeaway joints in the outback. At the end of that year I was 65kg - which was to be my wedding weight and a BMI of 22.
I maintained this weight until I had my children . . . which brought me to SP at BMI 24. I had developed a few bad habits (a muffin with my coffee every day!!) and though I tried to be 'good' I seemed to be hovering heavier than I wanted.
Then came SP - I learned about calories for the first time in my life! I learned that my super nutritious breakfast was also super high calorie - as was my late night snack. Otherwise, I did pretty well. I was never a binge eater - sure, I sometimes ate too much - but it was not bingeing. Mostly it was in public, at social events - when the food was fabulous and plentiful.
The weight came off - and I was quickly at my wedding weight, and still lost until I I decided I did not want to cut calories anymore . . . and I was about the same weight I was 20 years ago (BMI 19.7). I got loads of lovely compliments, and felt terrific about myself.
I have maintained this weight for over 10 months. Fantastic.
But bingeing behaviour is becoming increasingly common. Eating secretly. Trying to satisfy a need that is not hunger. Experiencing no enjoyment in it, whatsoever. Not going out with a girlfriend and having cheesecake - but eating multiple slices of bread and honey at home.
So, after beating myself up for not being able to control this - I have decided to take a step back from tracking my food. I want to eat intuitively. I know there is a book on this topic - but at the moment I don't think I even want to read it. I don't want someone else telling me how to use my intuition. Maybe I am foolish - but I want to try to listen to me.
I learned so many things through tracking foods with SP.
I learned how many calories is appropriate for me per day as an average. I learned that some foods are not worth the caloric cost. I learned that if a meal is going to be a regular for me, it needs to be only a certain amount of calories. I learned what a portion is. I learned that it is my daily habits - not the one off events that have the biggest impact on my weight.
The problem is that I also forgot some things.
I forgot to trust my body to determine what it needs. I forgot to enjoy food & eating, and life in general. I forgot that I am more than the number on the scale each morning. I forgot that I always knew what healthy food was - and now I understand about portion sizes and calories.
So I am going to stick this out for a while. Try not to panic about little ups (and hopefully downs) but to look inside myself to determine what I need to do about it.
Thanks to everyone for your support. I am still around. Visiting SP land, rather than living here!
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