Stopping the Yo-yo. Things I've learned.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Tomorrow will mark six weeks since I've gotten back on the horse.
I'm learning a LOT about myself.
I'm learning how important it is to learn to use all stages of Atkins Nutritional Program and not just rely on Induction. I think that's what got me in trouble before. So I'm now on rung 2 of OWL, and altho I can add more cheese, I'll probably be mostly using it as a condiment b/c I know I have portion control issues with it. The same will be true with nuts & seeds. I've increased to 25 net grams of carbs. I'll proceed slowly and cautiously on the carb increases, probably not at the 5 g/week Atkins mentions, but I still have lots of weight to lose. I'll keep the carbs focused on the veggies.
I've learned that I really do need to limit artificial sweeteners. I'm not really using them on a daily basis anymore. My water consumption is water only (sometimes with some True Lemon or a splash of lemon juice). Last time I had a diet soda was at a Rams game a couple weeks ago when choices were limited. I'm not drinking coffee very often either, because I like it sweetened and lightened and it becomes a dessert.
I've learned I really can't have a daily "treat". Others may be able to do that but I quickly start abusing it. Just like I don't eat chocolate, low carb desserts need to be saved for special occasions. Of course I would like to have them, but somehow one turns into two and on & on and then I'm just plain eating too much & craving sweets again.
I've learned exercise keeps me fired up. It doesn't just fire up my metabolism, it fires up my motivation. When I don't exercise, I quickly get lazy and sloppy. And if I don't do it first thing in the morning, every good intention can be there to do it later in the day, but in reality, its probably not going to happen.
Mostly I've learned how quickly and easily I can fall back into my old ways if I'm not diligent. Those of you who have been able to lose all (or most of ) your weight and maintain are still an enigma to me and someday I'll happily join you!