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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Yesterday as I was tracking my food, I checked to see how many calories I had eaten just in breakfast alone, and it hit me then just how off course or brainwashed I really am. Let me explain---I am a Weight Watchers Lifetime member, and my biggest success with WW was before kids when I could control my food, workouts, and my life. Although my kids are now 13 and 12, they still rum my lifes When I did WW back in the late 90's, I followed the "fat and fiber" plan, which was new to them. You had that choice or the "selection plan" which was too much thinking for me. I ate a high fiber, low fat diet--all I had to know was how many how many fat gram and how much fiber werein the foods I was eating. Calories??/ Never! Sugar--nope. I guzzled full sugar pop the entire time. As long as my fat was below 20 grams and my fiber was 35 or above I was golden. Yes, i lost weight on this plan, and at times still fall into those old ways of thinking. Fast forward to Points and Points Plus...this is where things got each food had a value--it was like a card many points do I have to eat dinner with?? If I trade the banana at breakfast (2 points at the time), I could have something else later. HHHmmmm....This was true even until last month when I was "on the plan", but rebelling big time. 26 points is NOT a lot of food. yes-most fruit and veggies are free, but really?? Can you survive?
The carlores I read yesterday and today made me realize just how brainwashed I am! I have NO CONCEPT of how many calories i am eating because I am used to Points. FRUIT HAS CALOIRES!! VEGGIES HAVE CALORIES!! I almost died when I realized my glass of OJ was 110 calories and not 2 points. OMG! The last two days really opened my eyes back to what food is--caloires, To lose weight, calories in is less that calories where do I remember reading " fewer points in and more points out=weight loss"
I have learned I really need to look at the big picture of what I am eating--calories, fat, sodium, carbs--everything. My had of cards is back, but I think with SparkPeople as my dealer I will win my weightloss game for good,
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  • KAT573
    Now don't freak out! thinking is actually easier going by calories per meal limits and having some idea of grams of each you need; the tracker will keep that info for you and you can see it and adjust during the day as needed. Food is NOT simply calories; glycemic index is very much affected by the 'mix' of foods you consume in a meal/snack. The food groups work together to energize and repair your body. So yes, there IS a bigger picture and you WILL get it over time; give yourself permission to 'grow' with this lifestyle change; bec that is what it is, so it IS a much bigger picture than Food, and calories.
    Hang in there! and Keep on keeping on! emoticon
    1638 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    emoticon Logging has been helpful for me, I really had no concept of how many cals I was consuming in the "bad old days". Eye opener, for sure!
    1638 days ago
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