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Well, I turned my page off, but missed being part of community, so I came back

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

My weight has gone up, but I am determined to get back on track. I turned my page off because I was reading and commenting on blogs and not logging in my daily food. I'm 62 and hold a full time job, for which I arise at 5:30 am daily, so I need to be in bed by 9:30, 10. That shortens my free time quite a lot. I used to be a night owl. Not any more.

I began logging every day, every morsel. Very shocking how many snacks I was eating. I have been cutting back on those and replacing them with healthier options. And tracking and trying to increase my water intake. And exploring personal issues relating to stress, depression, and overeating in response to both.

But I feel myself drifting away and miss being involved here, so I decided to return and open up my page.

I lost 25 pounds a couple of years ago in a local hospital-sponsored weight loss program. It was basically a keto diet, very limited in carbs at first, which I reacted to like an addict having my drug removed.

Then my husband and I decided to eat a plant based diet after a health scare he had. So I have been accumulating vegan ebook cookbooks and learning how to eat that way. Not that we do not have lapses. We have hamburgers or other animal based foods on the weekend occasionally. And the excitement of trying a "new cuisine" settled into a routine of easier meals that my husband became tired of. And craved familiar foods.

Last fall, Weight Watchers at Work came to my workplace and I signed up. I lost 5 pounds then gained back 10. It is a great program but I found it hard to eat within points allowances eating plant based. And I could snack on: plain tofu and lentils. So, since fruit and veggies are "free food", I ate more of those. I am sugar sensitive and threw my system out of whack, suddenly hungry ALL THE TIME. What a nightmare. I've been there before.

So I cut out the extra fruit and have been using Vega protein with almond milk and Vega protein bars as my snacks. I'm monitoring what I eat and trimming back what I was eating. If I go gung ho and say "I'm not eating any snacks today!" that will last about a day and a half. Then I will feel overwhelmed, go on a binge, and feel like a failure at this dieting thing.

All around, not a morale builder. So I use the incremental "let's see if I can trick myself into eating less" approach, studying my eating habits and making adjustments.

Wishing all my Spark Friends a happy Wednesday!

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  • LINDA!
    emoticon About 15 years ago I also joined WW At Work, I lost 15 pounds. I gained it back. I have lost some again. I am trying hard to lose more.
    194 days ago

    I'm really glad that you're back. We need you here.
    196 days ago
    emoticon I missed you, glad to see you back. I hope you can tweak it so it doesn't get overwhelming to be on SP and do what you have to do. I find that sometimes I just don't have time for ALL the blogs I want to read. :-)
    197 days ago
    Good luck to you as you go forward. I find that when I say "I am not going to _______", it's constantly on my brain! Drive me crackers. Now I am trying to phrase it to myself, "I choose not to ________" and that seems to be working a bit better. Giving myself power.

    197 days ago
    I've recently started tracking and been tweaking madly. I also have a great vegan protein powder which gives me a massive 29g of protein for 189 kcals - solves my breakfast problem on early-start work days.
    197 days ago
    Good luck! It sounds like you have a good idea of what does not work, which is helpful.
    198 days ago
  • TWEDEE777
    .y doctor said sometimes we just need to maintay the weight we are until we get our mindset right. Still tracking and trying to eat well, but maintaining is better for me then gaining. Good luck.
    198 days ago
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