My challenge and results.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hi everyone.

Thank you for the messages left on my page and status.
I realize I've been MIA for a while...

The thing is, I got really tired of logging in my food every day. I was almost addicted to Spark, but now that I'm in stage 4, and that Spark recommends I track my food once or twice a week, I thought "why not? Let's see if I can do this."
I stopped logging my food on Thursday 6 October. My weight that day was 69.4 kilos (153 lbs). The following Saturday I had a day out with friends, which involved quite a lot of beer (I didn't eat too much), and on Sunday my weight was 69.9 kilos (154 lbs). Oops!!
I continued to weigh and measure my food as usual, I was just not logging it in, which means I'm not sure about my daily calorie intake, but I'm pretty certain it was within range. The carbs vs. fat vs. protein balance may also not have been perfect, but I didn't really care. That was my challenge, my goal: to stop worrying about having every number perfect.
Well, I weighed myself this morning and I'm pleased with the results: 69 kilos (152 lbs). 1 pound down!
This proves that I can do this! I know what I can eat. As long as I keep weighing my portions, I'll be fine!

But... I don't know what happened today.
I felt really tired, like the onset of a cold. Still I did the household, ironing, grocery shopping, etc. and... I bought a bag of potato chips. I thought I'll try a few to taste them and then leave the rest for hubby, but I ended up eating the whole bag :( It's a small bag, only 77 grams, but still, it's an extra 470 calories that I didn't need. And you know the worst part? They didn't even taste good.
I know that when I'm tired my body tricks me into thinking I'm hungry, and today I was fooled. There's only one solution: don't buy chips or any temptations. We all have those days when we can't resist temptations, so for me it's best not to have them in the house. I have to be stronger, not only at home, but in the supermarket as well. In the future, I will avoid the temptation aisle. And if I'm in a bad mood and need my sweets, I'll buy 1 (ONE!!!) single, less than 150 calories serving of something nice. Yep, I've decided!
Wish me luck.

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    I'm addicted to SP and the one day I couldn't get online and log my food I was in an absolute state! I went into panic mode and ended up severely restricting my calories that day. I don't trust myself to judge what I'm eating on my own, as I "forget" what I've eaten sometimes. Writing it down (or logging it on the Food Tracker) gives me the security to know that I'm not kidding myself and I'm on track. I've been here 10 months and never missed a day. I don't intend to start now.

    As far as eating junk food when you're not feeling great is concerned, I too have that problem and haven't found a way past it quite yet. Thankfully I don't feel that way too often, but when I do I end up eating chocolate and chips and pizza (bad kitty!).

    Congratulations on your resolve and continued weight loss. Keep up the good work and keep Sparking!

    Charlie x
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    3111 days ago
    I've been thinking about this lately. What do I do once I reach my goal? Planning out my meal plan, logging food, logging is all such a big part of my life now!

    Part of me says I should log food forever....that way there is no chance of old habits creeping in.

    Another part says that I should trust my new habits and not worry so much.

    Much like the journey that brings us each to our goals, I suspect it is different for everyone and I will just have to try out the options when the time comes....just like you are!

    Good luck! I'm sure you will find the perfect maintenance routine!
    3111 days ago
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