Looking At The Big Picture
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Last week I decided that I was going to try to use only my regular daily Weight Watchers points and try to avoid using my weekly 49 flex points and my accrued activity points. I have had a very difficult time meeting that goal. So I decided to take a closer look at which behaviors might be responsible. Those of you who know me, know that I'm really into taking a step back and analyzing my own behavior. When I was growing up, I was the "Why?" child and as an adult I still like to find reasonable explanations for things. (Even though things often don't have reasonable explanations)
I am so glad that I track my exercise, water, sleep and food! The trackers enabled me to have some additional information as I looked for reasons why I couldn't meet my set goal. Two things absolutely jumped out at me from the very first look. The first thing was the huge amount of daily exercise and activity that I was doing. There were several days when the SP exercise tracker said that I burned 1700+ calories! My Weight Watchers ActiveLink logged 9 activity points for one day. Wow! No wonder I was so hungry. I decided to increase my intake of protein, increase my water and replace any foods with added sugar with additional grains. I also chose the goal of eating a fruit or vegetable with every snack. So, if I eat a diet ice cream bar, I have to eat an apple, carrots or broccoli etc. along with it. The same thing is true if I eat a protein/nut bar after exercising. Today I had 2 tangerines along with my Aloha Almond Bar. I was instantly satisfied. Amazing!
The second thing that jumped out at me during my analysis is that I was getting very tired from all of my daily activity. Instead of going to bed and sleeping at night or taking a short nap during the day, I was trying to push my way through it. We all know what happens when you get tired. Your decision making skills take a big hit with fatigue. Instead of trying to squeeze one more task into my day, I have decided that with the first few yawns, I will head for a comfortable place where I can rest my body. I can't believe that I let my quest to finish my "to do list" get in the way of my sleep. Last night I only slept for 5.5 hours! I did sleep soundly but that just isn't enough sleep when I am so active. Starting tonight, I will go to bed as soon as I feel tired and I will not push through my fatigue.
Already, I am seeing results. The snack that I ate this morning, 2 tangerines and an almond bar, kept me from being ravenous at lunch. In fact, I had to force myself to eat a romaine lettuce salad with tuna and an apple. I had a huge glass of water (20 ounces) along with it. Since I often get tired when I don't eat enough protein, I am going to add 3 egg whites to my breakfast of oatmeal tomorrow. I've already boiled a dozen eggs and they are sitting in the refrigerator ready for my breakfast tomorrow morning. I will also decrease my exercise time if I am going to be active later in the day. I will rest during the day if I need to and go to sleep at night at a reasonable hour.
I am so glad that I took a step back today, to look at the big picture. The trackers can really give us valuable information but only if we use them. By tracking my sleep, water, exercise and food, I can use the collected information to address my issues and to find ways of dealing with them. I now have a plan in place to help me be more successful!