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The difficulties of balance


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Today, like every Sunday, I woke up at quarter to twelve. Yes, I know, I hear you... I shouldn't be writing it down I should be ashamed. But I work hard all week so I like to indulge in bed a bit longer during the week end.

Anyway, like every Sunday, I weigh-in and then I have a large breakfast: first of all, it's too late to have breakfast and then lunch, so my breakfast becomes a "brunch". Besides, I have my weight Watcher's meeting at 7 pm every Sunday, so I eat a bit more at brunch so I can resist until after my meeting for more food.

That said, normally after my meeting I go with my fiancÚ to a Chinese restaurant down the road: Sunday is normally my "treat" day because I have my official weigh-in and I have time to recover. However, this week my fiancÚ is in Ireland with his family and I don't like going to the restaurant on my own. Sounds gloomy. So I thought of having a light pizza I had stored in my freezer and a dessert.

Holding that thought, I went to the Weight Watchers website and put my points on. Grand, I was way within points and felt really happy. Then, I went to the Sparkpeople tracker and put my food there. GOSH! There were too little proteins (54 out of 60!) and too little fat. As for the fat, there's little I can do, as Weight Watchers checks the saturated fat of food and I can't have too much of that. But I started messing with snack at meeting and dinner, trying to increase the number of proteins at least. I tried to add a banana at snack and take off one of the two packets of baked crisps I normally have there. It came out that the crisps contained more proteins and less carbs than the banana (!!!! There I thought I was being healthy by giving up crisps for a banana... wrong I was...) so I put it back on. I messed with the pizza, as I had another one in the freezer with some Italian ham on and that bounced a bit my proteins intake, but still not enough. I put on some vegs, and in the end I managed to bring the proteins up to 61 with a glass of milk after dinner.

Phiew! That was VERY hard work, and it forced me to add 2 points of food to my daily amount!

Then, I go to my meeting, say no to my leader who had taken to the meetings some hand made WW biscuits (only 0.5 points, BUT what about the CARBS I was getting close to the max intake!) , I felt really good, an angel. I came back home, opened the fridge and... DESPERATION! The vegs I thought I had weren't there and it was pouring with rain outside, it was out of question I could go out again. So... back to the Spark tracker...

In the end, I opted to drink more milk, 260ml with some coffee after dinner and this balanced my proteins and made me stay within carbohydrates intake. I also forgot to put a teaspoon of oil on my pizza and didn't fancy drinking a teaspoon of olive oil like that... so I gave it up. It came out therefore that I only increased my points allowance of 1.5 compared to what I had made up this morning and not 2... but I ate less vegetables... but I stayed within the fibre intake for the day, which I normally exceed (and am told off by Spark nutrition. Funny how too much of a good thing can still be a bad thing!)

Sorry about this confusing message. I really enjoy spending some time here on Spark to learn more about a balanced nutrition and today it's been definitely a day that taught me much: how much a glass of milk can change your day :-)
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