Thursday, January 23, 2014
I got "back on the wagon" January 1st, but quickly realized I was more interested in weight loss than committed to it. Meaning I dabbled in eating better rather than consistenly making better choices. And it showed. The first week I ate mindfully and lost 3 pounds. The next week I ate with abandon and gained 4! Last week I decided to get a grip and lost those 4 pounds. The numbers don't lie, folks.
I'm using an awesome countdown app to help track how long I've stayed within my calorie range. It's the same principal as SparkStreaks, which I sometimes forget to update. This app does it for me. When I see how long I've stayed on track, I'm less likely to stray from my goal. Here are my stats at this time. The date at the bottom is where I set my starting point:
For this recovering food addict, 3 days and 12 hours is a pretty big deal.
When it comes down to one day at a time, one meal at a time, or one choice at a time, I'm looking to my Calorie Countdown to keep me in check! I also have to remember that it's not the end of the world if I do slip and have to reset the stopwatch.
It just stings less if I've splurged after staying on track for 30 days vs. 3 hours.
Friday, March 08, 2013
I recently read a message board asking people what triggers them to overeat. I identified with a lot of the responses, particularly emotional eating. That's always been my go-to reason for why and when I overeat.
But another response really got me thinking: lack of sleep. I vaguely remembered hearing something about lack of sleep producing appetite boosting hormones. It makes a ton of sense, and here's a short but sweet article explaining it:
You can also google "sleep and appetite" if you want to read A LOT more about it.
All of this brings me to today. It's the end of a particularly long and exhausting week, and I should be thrilled that it's Friday. But after yet another night of too much work and too little sleep, all I want to do is bury my face in a plate of salty, somewhat greasy hashbrowns smothered in cheese, mushrooms, onions, and peppers. (An attractive image, no?) Oh, and a couple of hot, buttered biscuits on the side, please.
BUT, blaming those pesky, out-of-whack hormones is actually helping me resist the urge to splurge. I stuck to my normal, healthy breakfast this morning, totaling 5 WW Points Plus, instead of the 11 PP hashbrowns at a local drive-thru. I plan to eat my newest favorite fast food meal on my lunch date today, a large bowl of chicken noodle soup at Chick-fil-A with a side salad. A total of 6 WW PP.
In the words of the ancient Chinese general Sun Tzu:
"Know thy enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated. When you are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and of yourself, you are sure to be defeated in every battle."
I'm not sure Sun Tzu meant the enemy was emotional eating or lack of sleep, but hey - whatever works, right? And I'll use it to my best advantage, one temptation at a time.
I'm curious...what's triggers you to overeat?
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Today was my first weigh-in since I started focusing on following my program rather than losing x number of pounds per week. I didn't weigh in last week since I'd been avoiding the scale, BUT I've lost 11 lbs. (175 to 164) since starting Weight Watchers on Jan. 1! I'm very happy with this, especially since I was *totally* off plan for about 2 weeks in February. I actually regained during that time, which caused me to shift my focus to staying on plan.
As I weighed in, I was conscious of what was on my work schedule today...a potluck. We're a bunch of Southerners who love to cook, love to eat, and even love taking shortcuts with pre-packaged food. I work with a lot of very giving people, who today showed they care with food. Lots and lots of food.
Sandwiches, chips, dips, cheese, crackers, meatballs, three cakes, and two boxes of cookies. I even contributed with a platter of spiral sandwiches. Normally this would send me in a tail spin - I. heart. party food. But I made a very small, Points Plus friendly plate. Before I would have piled my plate up with free food, but I didn't see anything that was worth blowing my Points on.
I had an especially tiring work day yesterday, but I still made myself go to the gym after my daughter went to bed. I didn't feel like going, which is exactly *why* I went. I burned about 400 calories on the Elliptical Trainer, so it was definitely worth dragging myself out of the house.
As TORIAMAE pointed out on my last blog, the "input instead of output" method seems to be working!
Monday, March 04, 2013
I had a light bulb moment last week.
I'm currently following the Weight Watchers Points Plus program (and really liking it, btw.) Instead of focusing on losing x number of pounds/week, or x number of pounds by a certain date, I'm focusing on staying OP (on plan) every day.
So my March goals are:
1. Stay OP every day. This averages out to not going over my daily/weekly points.
2. Exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week
That's it. Between the two, something good should happen!
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