A Newbie's Thoughts
Sunday, May 26, 2013
I've long been a supporter of Weight Watchers and still have many positive things to say about their program. However, at the place I am in my life right now, it isn't working for me. I realized I needed to look at my love affair with food from some new angles and taking a step away from WW for a while needed to happen for it to work. As someone who suffers from PCOS and is at danger for developing diabetes someday, I needed to find a better way at tracking what I was putting into my mouth.
I signed up for Spark People at the recommendation of a friend. I confess I haven't been very good at tracking and counting my calories. I'm notoriously always busy with something and since I am in a perpetual state of rush, I don't keep track of what I am eating as well as I should.
The past two days I have been experimenting with tracking calories. Not religiously, but getting there.
I have to say what I have learned is striking.
There's a big difference in knowing how you are eating is bad and SEEING how you are eating is bad. A few patterns I have noticed:
1. I don't eat balanced. I either have a meal overloaded with carbs or fat. There isn't a good balance between the two. That healthy omelet I was eating this morning? Turns out it wasn't as balanced as I thought it was. Breaking food down by carbs, protein, fat, and calories is helping me gain perspective.
2. Iced coffees are not my friend. I know having an iced mocha is not the best choice. But how can it hurt if I only have one? Apparently quite a bit! Since I'm getting a medium, I'm packing a whole lot of carbs and fat. I am supposed to be limiting my carbs and fat! I'm so glad I had started cutting back on these before I joined. Now I know to cut back more.
3. I consume too much in one sitting. I need to break up my meals throughout the day so I am not starving later on.
4. I need more fruits and vegetables. I already knew I needed to eat more fruits and veggies. Fruits are a problem for me because of allergies, but I can eat veggies. Time to start making sure I have some with every single meal.
5. What I thought was protein actually is fat. A lot of protein rich foods have a high fat content. I didn't realize how many of those foods I was eating. I need to work on including leaner foods that have protein but not the added fat.
Much of this sounds like a no brainer and is a bit embarrassing. While I knew I wasn't making the best choices, I didn't realize just how those bad choices impacted me as a whole. I live with the philosophy of never outright denying myself something I want, but I have a better idea now how to make better choices so I can be successful and still have what I want just in moderation. It won't happen overnight, but at least I am taking some positive steps forward.
Member Comments About This Blog Post
It's always horrifying when you start! I, too, am a ww girl. I came here for the exercise LOL. Same friend, I suspect. Thanks for writing all this up; it's a good reminder for me as well.
1444 days ago
Hi, I too was a WW person in my past and I'm totally grateful for what I have learned about nutrition through them.
Perhaps instead of using the tracker you might want to try what I do at times. I buy myself a nice notebook, one that can fit in my person. I draw a line to make 4 squares and label each one, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. Instead of chasing calories or points...write it down. If you follow chosing low GI foods, you'll be going in the right direction. Things take time.
I have trouble with night time eating, which has nothing to do with what I'm eating.
OH ya, and Low GI foods also help with PCOS, check out the benefits threads on the team site.
I hear your pain..truly I do...
1452 days ago
Comment edited on: 6/2/2013 5:41:27 AM
Sorry, double post!
1458 days ago
Comment edited on: 5/26/2013 9:44:54 PM
I am very guilty of #3 myself. And yes, #4 as well. I find I'm keeping more fruits and veggies in the house and going more to them now rather than the more empty carb calories. Sometimes I still crave the carby one, but my choice feels more informed.
"While I knew I wasn't making the best choices, I didn't realize just how those bad choices impacted me as a whole."
Yes! Very much yes. Good luck, moonshayde!
1458 days ago
Wow! You've been learning a lot quickly. This was a major reason I switched from WW to spark people (and the fact that this is FREE helps, too. ) was that I had a hard time figuring out via WW whether or not I was eating healthily. I do SO much better now with all my eating and I feel like I'm focused on HEALTH, not just weight loss.
There are so many great resources here - be sure to use them, and feel free to look me up and friend me if you want help, suggestions, etc. WELCOME!
1459 days ago
I'm a big supporter of breakfast. I know that if I skip, the day is almost always a mess for me :)
1459 days ago
Regardless of when you eat it (before or after exercise), breakfast helps speed up your metabolism and can aid in weight loss. Enjoying foods high in protein, complex carbs and healthy fats will help you avoid the temptation of the vending machine before lunch.
1459 days ago
Keep focused for success. You can do it too. Go for it.
1459 days ago
Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.