Friday, February 24, 2012
I can remember looking back on my journey of weight loss that when I first joined SP I would look carefully at the food I had eaten or that I would be eating -- as I tracked it. At the end of the day, if I saw I still had more calories I could consume, I would gobble down candy or ice cream until I had hit the right amount of calories!
I have learned over the years that really isn't the way to do it. It's OK to have a 1/2 cup or so of ice cream once in awhile, if you can work it into your food plan. Perhaps eat 2 or 3 of the little mini bite-sized bars of candy -- but to purposely eat food that will give you enough leeway to chomp down on it -- that's not a good plan. And it certainly could be one of the reasons it took me awhile to lose my weight.
Granted, back before I joined SP I seemed to have no problem putting away much more food than I could ever, in my wildest dreams, eat today. And sometimes when I read the food journals of people who are telling me what they had to eat that day, I am amazed, as there is no way NOW that my body could hold that much. Some of it is probably a matter of my stomach shrinking somewhat as I have cut way down on portions. There are some measurements that still seem ridiculously small to me. Like 1/2 cup of spaghetti -- how many lengths of spaghetti could that be? Or 1 little cup of soup? Hardly enough to get started. But as time goes by, I am finding myself more and more satisfied with those scanty little portions of food.
Back when I was in my late 20's and very slim and trim I once went out to dinner with my boyfriend and I ate a 32-oz steak. Not only that but a salad and baked potato too! I was a tiny little thing, and only 5'2" tall. I still wonder where I put it. My metabolism must have been astounding! Now I'm lucky if I finish off the 3 ounces considered a serving!
Of course the moral of the story here is that you either have to LIVE the healthy lifestyle, or you cheat (on yourself basically) and you consume items you know deep down are not the best for your body. You can't have it both ways. And, really -- don't you feel guilty afterward? And when you step on the scale -- can you really say you have no idea why it went up?
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
If it's just one bite it doesn't count. . . . . Well, comments like that may take care of your conscience, but it doesn't mean two cents to your SCALE!
Monday first thing I had my echocardiogram. Now the hard part is waiting to hear what the doctor has to say once he has evaluated it. I hate waiting. I'm a NOW person! So, yes, I do fiind myself nibbling on various things to pass the time and ease the nerves.
I had a decent breakfast. But by 9:30 or 10:00 I'm restless, so I fix a Thomas English Muffin (light) -- only 100 calories. I'm allowed that for a snack, right? But I add a glass of milk to go with it -- OK, so now it's 200 calories. Before 11:30 I'm feeling a little nervous again. Maybe I should eat an orange. There is a big tree I can see from my kitchen window, and the oranges are weighing it down there are so many of them.
My day progresses along like that, but I think you get the drift of where I'm at. Each food choice in itself is not bad, in fact they are all quite good -- just too much of too many. It's too easy to say to yourself "it's just a bite, if you're not writing it down it's like it doesn't even count." Unfortunately, your body has this automatic tallying system and it never misses a gram or a calorie! Bad day = scale going up!
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