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Yesterday's weigh-in

Friday, September 24, 2010

I’ve designated Thursday morning as my weigh-in day for the week. Been back on track for almost a month now and have been successful at losing at least a pound every week – except for this week.

This week I’ve managed to put back on ½ pound. Doesn’t sound like a big amount, and if the ½ pound was in the opposite direction I probably would have felt that it wasn’t even worth thinking about. But….the pound was in the ‘going up’ mode and it felt more like five pounds of disappointment!

I’ve looked back through my food diary and my walking regime and at first couldn’t find a reason for the scale going in the wrong direction. I know my weekend was a bit off-track, but it certainly wasn’t as sinful as the weekend we attended a wedding. I definitely didn’t spend less time walking and counting steps. If anything, I may have done more. I don’t think I’ve been consuming less calories long enough to have reached a plateau. So what was with this unacceptable weight-gain?

Going back through my food diary, I started paying more attention to the foods I had consumed this past week and compared them with food I had been eating earlier in the month. The only difference I could find was the type of bread I had been eating. I have to admit that I am a white bread ‘junkie’. In my mind I claim that my preference to white bread over whole wheat is an hereditary thing. I can remember as a child my Dad used to say “the whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead”. Then he’d grin and grab another slice of white squishy bread. Growing up, we never had anything but white bread on the table. As my Mom grew older, she started preferring to eat a bran bread, but she was the only one in the house that ate it. So whether its hereditary or just because that’s what I always ate, white bread is the one I reach for when at the grocery store.

Looking at the food diary I could see that all of the bread listed this week is white. The first three weeks’ I was eating more whole-wheat varieties. So now I’m beginning to wonder if the fibre that was missing in my bread is my downfall with this weeks’ lack of lost pounds. I can’t figure out how to add fibre to my daily nutrition reports on this site. There must be a way. I’m going to try to figure that out.

But for now….. Tonight’s grocery night. And here’s a big note to myself – DO NOT REACH FOR THAT LOAF OF WHITE WONDERBREAD!!!!!
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    I admit that I love all the white things too... rice, bread, potatoes... lol

    Thanks for the reminder that I should put more thought into the color of the food that I'm eating!
    3099 days ago
    Weight variations seem to happen for no rhyme of reason. A half pound could easily be related to water retention. White bread reminds me of that paste that teachers used to make when we were kids. It is made from white flour and water so perhaps it is not that far off.
    3100 days ago
    I've had success in locating where to add tracking fibre on my Nutrition page. Hopefully, this will keep me more aware if I'm falling below my goal.
    3101 days ago
    I am totally in sync with you about the white bread dilemma. I too grew up on white bread and just loved the stuff. My doctor told me I should not be eating white anything, including bread, rice, potatoes, pasta. Well, those were all my favourites, and I absolutely hated brown anything. I decided I had better change my ways, and quick, so went cold turkey. Took a while, but I really, truly no longer like white bread, white rice, white pasta or white potatoes. I wouldn't have thought that possible, but there it is.
    Stick with it and you will learn to love the taste of the healthier versions of food.
    3101 days ago
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