Saturday, June 15, 2013
Time to address eating plans. I found SparkPeople somehow on the Internet last fall; don't have any idea how. I was struggling with Atkins and that point. It was not the only "diet" I've used, of course, only the most recent. Diet Workshop. Weight Watchers on and off since 1972. NutriSystem, both at a center (1981) and again with their current ordering plan. Jenny Craig. Diet for a Small Planet. Eating only one meal a day.......and so on, ad nauseum. Heck, I'd even been influenced by Adele Davis when I wasn't overweight.
I knew immediately that I wouldn't want to use their weekly menus, but it looked like an interesting concept. And I was SO ready for a change. So I signed up and got the ranges for the macronutrients. I've never bought into the "bad saturated fat" concept, and I definitely DON'T believe in the serious fat restriction currently advocated by our government and endorsed by SP. a also believe that the carb range I was given was way too high. So I tweaked those ranges and started working to eat better choices of foods.
I was off and running, so to speak. For the first couple of weeks, I only used the water and freggie Quick Track. Then I was keeping my food diary faithfully every day. And I was losing weight! Nothing fabulous, but a pound or two every 4-10 days. (My old bathroom scale just gives whole pounds).
And then the problems began. Not for the reason many of you are thinking, either. You see, I'm a reader. And I was also reading other SparkPages, usually from the scrolling list of huddles, blogs, etc. at the edge of my Start page, or those whose blogs were featured. So I was finding that there were SparkTeams for those who follow (insert whatever). And I was getting books out of the library.
Now, I'm definitely not a Perfectionist - not even the closet Perfectionist one often finds in the Procrastinator. But I was raised with the concept that it is better (quicker, easier, cheaper...) to do any and every task right the first time than to have to go back and do it over. So now, in addition to all those precious eating plans, I was now reading about Primal and Paleo. I read Wheat Belly and The Perfect Health Diet. And more and more and more.
It seemed like with everything I read, I was playing with those protein, fat, and carb ranges. I was only trying to get my eating plan "right" - right? Of course, I thought I was. But I've learned that what I was really doing was making myself CRAZY. Just the ticket to add to the stressors I've already blogged about!
So I lived and ate CRAZY. Not sabotaging, such as binges, junk food, and such. Just CRAZY. I tracked. I was usually at or near the top of my calories but also exercising quite a bit more. But day after day after day I was changing those macronutrient ranges. And day after day after day, when I ran the Daily Feedback, the 7-day lookback was all over the grid. Red marks, red marks, and more red marks! I got even CRAZIER, I guess, every time I saw all those red triangles!
So now, I'm just going back to basics. I don't feel CRAZY. I've lost four of my 6-pound regain. And I'm not keeping a food diary or running a Daily Feedback. I track freggies and water. I don't eat boxed food other than oatmeal or pasta, I don't think. I'm essentially added-sugar-free. And for the indefinite future, I plan on doing pretty much that and only that!