That's one of the quirky family sayings we have. 'Stop touching it..' said all sing-songy in a high pitched grating voice, usually referring to an owie but maybe to something that should be left alone - a spider's web maybe. Just silly stuff.
It's not so silly, though, in this instance. You may be more familiar with the saying 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. Similar sentiment - just leave it be!
I was touching it, a lot. What? My nutrition. I lost around 50 lbs the first 6/7 months on Spark. I lost the next 10 lbs over maybe 6 more months. And then I stalled. Because I started touching it.
Maybe if I cut out more fat, I'll lose better.
Maybe if I cut out meat, I'll lose faster.
Maybe if I cut out carbs, I'll lose more.
Maybe if I cut out processed foods, I'll lose quicker.
Maybe if I stop touching it, it will work again!
Seriously, I went off plan, off the reservation, off the deep end. Oh, some of it worked, and I did see some results with different tactics. But honestly.. if it worked before, it'll work again. Stop messing with it!
Of course, I'm still in the first stages of getting things turned around and I'm hoping for some kind of sign I'm heading in the right direction come weigh-in day (Friday). I know, I know, many aspects play into the number on the scale, and it's not the end-all, be-all. It's still pretty darned affirming to see that number move in the desired direction.
So. The Spark menu plan has been turned on and is in place. I'm following it for the most part.
I am happier without pasta and rice - it just isn't worth it to me, really. A half cup of either costs an awful lot of calories, I'd rather 'spend' them on something else.
I have nutty/grainy bread now that's satisfying - no white bread, no rolls or flimsy bread stuff. I want something toothsome to be satisfying and worth eating.
Instead of Romaine and/or Spinach, I'm having Earthbound Farm Organic Power Greens - my gosh it's good, spinach and kale and swiss chard.
I'm sticking with smaller portions of full-fat items like yogurt or butter or cheese, rather than having something with reduced/no fat. What do they replace the fat with anyway?
So I'm back to basics, slightly modified. My consumption is hovering between 1500 and 1900 calories a day, depending on what I'm doing that day. I'm trying not to 'game the system' as it were. I know I'll be burning a bit more calories than usual this evening, walking kennel kids, so I justify the taco salad I'll have for dinner.
Evenings and weekends are still a challenge, but I'm enjoying a small serving of hummus with crunchy veg rather than half a family-sized bag of pretzels. I'm trying. I'm not expecting perfection - hence the weigh-in day on Friday, I'll be able to recover from any weekend blunders before the next weigh-in.
I'm making sense of things my own way. Your mileage may vary. Whatever works, embrace it and run with it.
Oh, that's another quirky family saying - take the bull by the horns and run with it.
Get a visual of that. Now chuckle.