9/26/12

Weighty Wednesday -- You ARE What You Eat


I know this title is a cliché, but clichés are clichés because there is a load of truth to them.

Have you ever had a friend who counts calories, but can’t lose weight? Or someone who doesn’t eat very much and can’t lose weight? Or someone who eats a normal daily calorie count, but it’s all fast food?

Well, I’m a perfect example of the first two scenarios.

Over the last few weeks, I have been walking my rump roast off.

Literally.

Two-a-days. Three days a week for about 9-10 miles. The other days, I would do my normal 4 mile walkies, plus whatever else I do to keep active. A couple of the days, I earned 17 activity points with my ActiveLink.

Even though I’m Lifetime, I want to keep my weight to the low end of my goal weight—more wiggle room when I weigh in.

And I knew for sure that I was going to lose the weight I had gained on vacation two months ago.

I didn’t lose weight, I’ve been gaining . . . very slowly, but gaining none-the-less.

So, what gives?

  1. There’s a very good reason Weight Watchers is an advocate of tracking your food.
  2. There’s a very good reason Weight Watchers advocates portion control and measuring your portions.
  3. There’s a very good reason Weight Watchers advocates their GOOD HEALTH GUIDELINES.
  4. There’s a very good reason Weight Watchers advocates a minimum amount of points a person should reach daily.

And I have failed in all four of these departments these last two months.

  1. I really don’t like tracking my food, but this week I need to get back to tracking. In one day of tracking, I discovered that I haven’t been getting enough points, or way too many points, daily
  2. I would guess the amount I was eating, not measuring. Normally this is less of an issue, except I’ve been attacking the peanut butter with abandonment. Though PB has loads of protein, it also has tons of fat AND sugar (JIF is the worst offender, but tastes the bestest!)
  3. I haven’t been eating near enough fruits or vegetables. If I had been eating enough of them, I wouldn’t be grazing on the peanut butter!
  4. I’ve been under my daily points numerous days in a row, which puts my body in ‘starvation’ mode. This means it hangs onto all the lovely fat that I have packed away for a rainy day. Not good.

So I’m back to tracking and following the good health guidelines.

I’ll have to let you know if my strategy worked.

Later, Peeps!

 

 

4 comments:

Marilyn said...

Good luck with this! I admire your tenacity. (And your taste in peanut butter. Jif's my favorite, too.)

It's so easy to slide just a little . . . but you're catching it before you're careening down the slope out of control. Congrats!

MAGolla said...

It's only taken me four times to finally figure it out, Marilyn! :-) If what I'm doing isn't working, then it's time to go back to the basics to figure it out.

And I'm sure the bag of pumpkin candy didn't help!

Come to think of it, this method would work for many aspects of one's life!

Cynthia D'Alba said...

You know what I really hate? Tracking my food! Not because I'm afraid of seeing exactly what I eat each day but because it takes time to do it.

MAGolla said...

That's the point, Cyndi!

I don't want to write down "ate 3 scoops of peanut butter" and then have to figure out how many Tablespoons it was and then calculate the points . . . so I don't eat it!

I'd rather be lazy and hungry. ;-)