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Brainwashed???


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 show..lol. 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 trickier...now each food had a value--it was like a card game....how 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 out...no 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 4/3/2012 4:14PM

    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

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KA_JUN 4/3/2012 4:11PM

    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!

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