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Monday, January 16, 2012

I started this program toward the end of the week 2 weeks ago, and I happened to lose 1 pound that week...and since there was only about 30 hours between when I started the program and when I weighed myself that week, that pound was likely already lost when I started here.

This past week (my first full week on this program), I was within my target ranges on all items for the week's nutritional totals, though I may have been over or under on various ones on any given day. And what did I get for all the effort of recording everything I put into my mouth and keeping within the target well as getting more exercise than I've been getting recently? A gain of 4.5 pounds. In one week? When I'm following the program and keeping within nutritional goals and being more active?

As if I needed yet something else to help me revert to my depressed, stressed, moping self.

You can probably guess that I didn't record a single thing I ate today. LOL.

In all seriousness, any nutritional program I tried before that required counting of anything, whether various nutritional values as with this program or something like "points," has never been successful for me...but I'd forgotten that since it's been so long since I tried such a program. But I have been very quickly reminded of how futile such a program is for me. Though, I never understood why they'd never worked before...but in the past 10 days of doing this one, it became very clear to me what the problem with such a program is (for me, at least): it has me constantly thinking about food!

Having to record everything I put into my mouth makes me think of nearly nothing else but what I'm putting into my mouth. And about how many more calories or grams of fat or protein or carbs I can eat for the day before I hit my limit...and what foods I can eat to keep me below my limit or which ones will put me over...and can I eat something that would put me over a limit if I eat less of it, and how much less? So I'm either actively thinking about what I have eaten, what I am eating, or what I could eat during the day...or subconsciously thinking about it.

And in the end, it's absolutely no good to be thinking about food nearly 24/7, even if it's theoretically in a healthy way. I know we should be conscious of what we eat, rather than mindlessly shoving food into our mouth. But the ultimate travesty would be for so much thinking about food to lead a person to overeat. No thanks.

Gaining 4.5 pounds in one week would take a lot of food and a lot of effort...and since I know that I was within my target numbers, I know I didn't eat enough to gain so much from eating. So hopefully it's water retention which, as every female knows, can easily raise your weight by that much and more. Since I weigh myself just weekly rather than daily, I've likely had such an unusually large weight gain from water retention many times before but I hadn't weighed myself during it so I didn't notice it most times. So we'll see what the scale says when I get on it next Sunday.

Meanwhile, I was so bummed about the 4.5 pounds this morning, I not only decided not to track my nutritional info today (and maybe not ever again...we'll see)...but it also made me not care whether I drank a green smoothie today or not. Sort of like "Why bother if I'm only going to gain weight anyway...what's the point?" But deep-down I know all the many ways a green smoothie is great for my health, so come dinnertime, my common sense came around again and I made a smoothie. Here's what the 3.5 C contained (and why the truly green smoothie is not looking very green in the photo, I don't know...must be something with the lighting in the kitchen):

2 lrg handfuls spinach
1 sm-med chard leaf
1/2 C coconut milk
1/2 C almond milk
1/3 C filtered water (to thin)
splash Green Goodness
good splash carrot juice
1/2 med. banana
1/3 C frozen mango (with peel)
6 frozen strawberries

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