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Getting my diet back on track

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I'm moving more than ever, eating a healthy diet swimming in fresh vegetables, fish, whole-grains and legumes and.. ..I'm gaining weight! (I haven't been on a scale, so I'm not sure how much exactly. The way my clothes fit tells me I have gained around 2-3 kilos.)

Why? I'm not pregnant, I'm not lazy and I don't suspect any faults with my metabolism. I simply have picked up a few bad snacking habits over the holidays, and so I have eaten just a little too much for just a little too long.

I've had a good think, and here are my top 5 suspected culprits:

1. Dark chocolate
(Healthy in moderation, but I haven't practiced it..)

2. Rye bread
(Same as 1.)

3. Potato chips
(Needs to go. Empty calories.)

4. Nuts and nutbutters
(Nutritional powerhouses, alas also packing a major calorie punch!)

5. Soy ice-cream
(So good, but not really worth having as often as I've had it.)

These added on top of a already healthy, sustainable diet probably explains how come all my skirts seems to suddenly be a lot smaller.. Not that mysterious, nope.

What to do now? I better nip this in the bud. It's time for an early spring cleaning of my diet, trimming the excess, leaving room for healthy and nutritious treats within a more reasonable budget.

And, this means It's time for another round of tracking. I gave it up because I was doing it for the wrong reasons. I was using it as a tool to control emotions rather than calories. Now I'm taking it up again. I want to know exactly what I eat, so I can see where I need to make changes. This week my plan is to monitor my diet, aiming for a healthy one. If I stray, at least I won't do so blindly.

So there it is. Let the tracking begin!
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    Hey SNAP! LOL reading your blog is just like reading my last blog I posted today. We are in the SAME PLACE my friend!! Let's do this together ok? Drop those kgs off again, that's what I plan to do. High Five!!!!!
    1491 days ago
    Sounds like you know what to do. Tracking can be so useful. It's easy to let those extra calories in without really being aware of how much they are. Good luck!
    1492 days ago
    I have to agree with everyone here. Sometimes during the holidays it is a nightmare to track but it really does help. I contribute the fact that I have lost 6 pounds in the last 3 weeks to obsessively tracking EVERYTHING that goes in my mouth:) I am positive once you get tracking again you will see those pounds come right off:) Good Luck!
    1492 days ago
    I'm with you!! Holiday habits even if you make healthy choices can really "go to your hips." I agree with everyone here - tracking. I'm tracking like crazy too!
    1492 days ago
    That is so awesome that you figured out why you were gaining! What a fantastic attitude you have to get back on track! emoticon emoticon

    1492 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Yes, tracking is key. However, I admit that past couple of weeks I have gotten out of the habit and I can tell.
    1492 days ago
    Track your meals, you're gonna get over this bump becaue you're amazingly awesome. Hugs
    1492 days ago
    tracking, tracking, tracking, lol...
    yyou can do it!
    1492 days ago
  • E_SAT55
    Good for you for getting on top of things! I can see how those five culprits in combination can be quite the saboteurs.
    1493 days ago
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