My biggest challenge this time of year is all the warm comfort casserole type foods we make. I love pumpkin deserts, home baked cookies. All the way through christmas I have the toughest time not saying no.
In a prebariatric program hoping to get approval for weight loss surgery.
I'll admit I'm not tracking my food now either. I did it religiously for the first 8 months, missing only a couple of days when I was out of town and away from the computer.
However, I went away Labour Day weekend, and I didn't even try to track it. (To tell the truth, I didn't eat well that weekend either, but I knew I wouldn't and accepted that.) And since then I haven't done well at tracking. It's not the weekend, it's other things piling up this time of year, it seems I don't find the time to track the way I used to. However, I'm still watching what I eat. I'm hoping that I've learned enough good habits over the last 8 months that I don't need to track it all as carefully now. I know which bowls hold a cup of cereal. I know to wait 20 minutes and see if I'm still hungry. I know I need lots of veggies, some Omega 3's, and some carbs and proteins.
I'll see how much I weigh on Halloween and decide whether or not to do daily tracking in November.
The exercise is my biggest challenge because I know I need to make time for that. No doubt about that.
This posting was on my heart, last night: "I am not really using a calorie counting weight loss program so I can have anything I want, as long as I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. Love the "Thin Within" program. I just write down what I ate at the end of the day on the site just to see what I've done. I'm done counting calories and there a no NO-NO foods." ------------------------------------- I used to feel that way, too. If this system is working for you, then go for it! The reason I am concerned about this, is it did NOT work for me at all. I am a scratch cooker--meaning that there are no convenience nor processed foods in my house. I used to feel a victory when I could put my fork down because I felt full. Now, I realize I was over eating, therefore I wasn't getting my body into a healthy weight at all. I still hovered in the 190's- 200 weight on my scale.I blamed it on menopause, but now I know that I was lying to myself.
I have begun my journey to reading and studying and thinking about nutrition. With the wisdom, I can see that eating "anything I want" can be a health risk. My lab work came back with a fatty liver count, and it scared me to High Heaven.
I also made excuses for why I couldn't exercise. Too tired. Bad knees. That excuse is null and void, and I finally understand that my body was too obese to carry my knees. THAT's what led to my arthritis. Period.
I track ALL of my food that I eat on Spark. I enter recipes that I really like so that I can save them, and simply add them to my meal planner to calculate what I eat. I have created my own FAVORITES database of the things I eat on a regular basis. That way, I KNOW if I'm heading into overeating BEFORE I do. If I wait until the end of the day it's too late. Then the guilt comes in, and that's not much of a motivator.
I no longer "eat what I want", instead I eat what my body needs-- Omega 3 fats, fruits, vegetables, fiber, calcium, potassium... this is what's important. Sure, I still indulge in things that I love but that is planned ahead and on a day that I'm doing my 90 minutes of cardio water aerobics.
Tracking and planning what I eat has led to a 20 pound weight loss in 8 weeks! Not only that, I find that I feel much better. I have 30 more pounds to go, but this time I KNOW I can do this.
Last, but not least, it's so important to remember that our brain and appetite operates on two different time clocks. I measure my portions, to train my eyes to see what a true serving is. Sometimes, I don't feel "full". But, if I wait about 15-20 minutes, my brain finally feels full.
Just food for thought...
Debby Monterey, California
Pounds lost: 13.7
Fitness Minutes: (3,933) Posts: 338 10/2/08 11:15 P
Mine is baking. I, especially, love anything baked with pumpkin...pie, cake, muffins... just love it!
It's also tempting to indulge in a traditional billion calorie Thanksgiving dinner. This year, I'll make traditional dishes, but I'm adding some slimmed down alternatives...like fresh green beans with shallots, garlic and cherry tomatoes instead of that naughty green bean casserole. I'm sure going to try my best to enjoy the meal, but skip the stuffing and heavy gravy.
Debby Monterey, California
Pounds lost: 13.7
Fitness Minutes: (139,459) Posts: 21,291 10/2/08 8:36 P
I am not really using a calorie counting weight loss program so I can have anything I want, as long as I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. Love the "Thin Within" program. I just write down what I ate at the end of the day on the site just to see what I've done. I'm done counting calories and there a no NO-NO foods. LOVEING IT! Praising God.
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Mine is staying within my calorie range!!!! I LOVE apple cider, apple butter & toast or biscuits, etc.!!!! I have to watch myself like a hawk!!!!
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