Friday, February 15, 2013
I have so many issues with food, I'm wondering if I should focus my weight loss efforts on exercise instead and let the food sort itself out.
Between reading and researching all the different diet plans out there (Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers, etc) I am beyond confused and overwhelmed. Where is the logic? Fruit is healthy, yes? Well, Atkins and SB make you give it up for a few weeks and then only slowly reintroduce a very small amount...whereas WW says fruit is "free" and you don't need to count the points for it, so fill up! I like fruit, I like it better than vegetables, but then I see a coworker dropping pounds every day by doing Atkins and I feel jealous...but giving up sugar did nothing for me, and I think I crave fruit more than I do chocolate so trying to give that up, even for a few weeks, makes no sense to me.
Exercise has never been my strongest weapon - I hate it, except for walking - and I dislike the gym scene, the group classes, etc. I will do a video now and then, although because I have become so out of shape, it is harder to keep up. But...I am failing at figuring out the food thing so maybe I need to focus my efforts on walking, weight training, stretching, etc. Maybe if I work up enough of a sweat every day, I'll think twice about indulging in ice cream because I know how painful it is to try and burn it off. I really would like to do swimming if I could afford it, if the hotel with the pool was closer to home, and if I wasn't so mortified to be seen in a bathing suit. I know these are all excuses but there is quite a bit of stress financially about joining, gas money to get there, and then the horror of what I look like (and figuring out the times to go so I can still go to work and not look like I crawled out of the lake, dripping wet). Perhaps if I can get into somewhat better shape (for free) in the meantime, I can save some money toward joining (and paying for gas) and if I'm not so hideous to look at, I can go to the pool when it might not be completely empty.
This was a good vent, I had all these confusing thoughts churning around inside about food and diets and what to eat and not eat and fruit being good for me but also causing weight gain....I feel better already!