Weighty Wednesday -- Teach an Old Dog

Have you ever noticed that I seem to have to keep learning and writing the same lesson over and over again?

It just goes to show that this isn't just some diet you go on to lose the weight and then amazingly you can eat whatever you want again . . . not if you want to keep the weight off.

I'll confess that even with my good intentions last week, I went through a bout of carb-loading. It had to do with fact I went shopping and the store had Raisin Bread and Caramel Apple Bread prominently displayed. I hadn't had raisin bread in a long time, but the Caramel Apple Bread sounded divine . . . and it was. I ate the small loaf over three days. Some days it was soaked in butter and added cinnamon for flavor, and other days I took Greek yogurt, mixed with brown sugar Splenda and cinnamon and smeared it on top--that was actually the best. It almost tasted like cream cheese spread!

Well, that indulgence weighed me down, figuratively and literally. For me, carbs are evil. Maybe I should clarify--refined carbs are evil, namely white flour and sugar enhanced products.

I had to cut them out to get this excess baggage off before weigh-in.

Now, I didn't go to my WW meeting--long story involving slushy weather and my husband's car not designed for nasty weather, so he took my car for the day. Anyhoo, I weighed in at home, and barely made my cut-off again. I'm not a fan of weighing in on the heavy side of the scale. I like the extra wiggle room of being 4-5 pounds UNDER my goal weight for the occasional indulgences.

But I have to get back into fighting shape.

I've been talking the talk of Simply Filling, but now I'm managing it. Sometimes, those of us who are overweight or struggling, realize for some odd reason we have to feel full--stuffed actually. I'm sure there's some psycho mumble-jumble that can explain this phenomena, but I'm not here to analyze it, I'm here to help us through it.

The last two days, I've seriously focused on Simply Filling. The technique allows you to eat as much as you want of some very specific items. Fat Free dairy products, lean meats (mainly chicken, fish, etc), fresh fruits and veggies, and lots of water.

How do I prepare for this?

I buy a roasted chicken and strip the meat off the bones. I make sure I have large containers of Fat Free cottage cheese and 0% Fat Fage Greek yogurt. And I buy plenty of fruit and veggies that are easy servings--lettuce, tomatoes, bananas, apples, cutie oranges.

Many time when we troll through the cabinets it's because we need protein. Instead of going for the chips, crackers, bread or scoops of peanut butter, then eat a piece of lean chicken or drink a big glass of water.

Yes, it takes planning.

Yes, it takes focus.

But, I've done it before, I can do it again.

How about you? Ready for the challenge?

Later, Peeps! It's time for walkies!


Meg said...

I've carb loaded this week too.
Stress is my trigger as migraines have gotten me.

Margaret Golla said...

It's so easy to fall into the trap, Meg. I fell the day I put this post up! Constant vigilance.