Monday, September 28, 2009
So in my last blog, I was whining about how I had actually gained weight when I weighed in last. WELL, I cheated a teensy bit and stepped on the scale this morning. I stuck to my plan all weekend and was looking for any scrap of affirmation that I am on the right path. So I stepped on and to my surprise it said 218.9! What?! How can I go from 121.1 to 218.9 in a couple days?! Well, it gave me the little spark I needed to keep up my motivation.
I have a couple theories on this lifestyle that I've been trying to work out over the last week or so. Maybe some of you out there with some more knowledge than me can tell me if I"m on the right track.
Every "diet" I've been on before, I've always done Weight Watchers and the whole point system. It seems like I never really cared WHAT I ate, as long as I stayed in my points range. It works, but I'm beginning to see that doing this is really cheating and not a way to keep up long term weight loss.
This time around I've been trying to actually change what I eat. Eating more fruits and veggies and TRYING (its oh so hard!) to stay away from processed foods and such. I honestly think I gained last weigh in because I had slipped back into my eating whatever I wanted, but staying in my ranges habit again. I spent the weekend eating a good balance, and look what happened? A decent loss!
One other thing I've learned so far is that I need to balance my meals better. I've always eaten the bare minimum for breakfast, a little more for lunch, then went all out for dinner. I always banked all my points, calories, etc for dinner so I could have extra servings and worse foods. Really journaling what I eat has shown me my issue with this and I've been trying to balance out my meals more. I find that I eat less and stay full longer when I do this.
Thirdly, I have learned that I HAVE to eat breakfast. Not only because I'm hungry, but it sets the tone for the day and keeps me from overeating at other meals. I'm addicted to the special K bars, so I try to eat one of those and a piece of fruit. So far so good!
I know all of this seems like common sense, but it obviously wasn't to me! I see that now and its kind of fun and exciting making these changes in my life! I want this to be a lifestyle change for me soooo bad! I get almost a high when I make a good food selection, like I've somehow conquered some challenge. It makes me feel so good!
Now if I could just get my butt in gear and start exercising more.......but that is another blog :)