Records help jog your memory
Thursday, October 11, 2018
I had a great month of exercise, and I'm also doing WW. I've lost 7.8 lbs in 7 weeks. In my mind, I was back to where I was a year ago. However, by looking at my records on SparkPeople, I'm actually a pound lighter than I was a year ago. I'm going in the right direction! Next goal: to get to where I was two years ago at Christmas. That would mean taking off another 5 pounds, which could happen in the next five weeks if I keep up this momentum.
Here's what's working for me: I track my food. That's something I've often lacked the discipline to do--exercise has always seemed easier to track. The WW app got me started with food tracking. Then I also started tracking on SP to make sure I'm getting in enough protein and calcium and avoiding overdoing the carbs. I try to always get into the right zone for protein and for calcium, and I try to be a little lighter on carbs than SP allows on my food tracker. The way I've lightened up the carbs is by getting rid of chips, crackers, breads, and pasta for now. I get plenty of carbs by eating oatmeal (my go-to breakfast), the carbs that I get in fruit (apples, etc.), and Siggi's yogurt, which is pretty low on sugar. Overall, I try to avoid processed and sugary foods.
I'm also back to exercising--stopping my exercise routine last February because I was so busy was a mistake. And then after I sprained my ankle in March, I just didn't do any exercises for months. The scale and an opportunity to join a nearby WW in August helped me stop the weight-gain direction I was in and get back to where I am now.
Overall, I'm really happy with my progress and happy to be able to wear the clothes in my closet that I couldn't wear in August. Being able to look back at the blogs and records I keep on SparkPeople helps me have an accurate memory of the ups and downs I've had with exercise and weight gain. Recent lessons learned--if you track your food, you'll do better with weight loss and don't talk yourself out of your exercise routine.