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...
| Pounds lost: 18.7