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.