9/25/13

Weighty Wednesday -- Finding the STOP button

When I went on vacation at the end of July, my weight loss efforts went on vacation, too. . . for over six weeks.

Oh, I've been tracking, and measuring, and eating all my foods on my healthy guidelines for the last few weeks, but I couldn't figure out what was wrong.

It wasn't until this last Saturday at lunch that I figured it out.
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I had lost my STOP button.

In fact, I was about to go all crazy person on my hubs when he offered to finish my gyro and I 'growled' at him. Three small bites later, I handed him a piece with two large bites left containing tons of meat. . . .

And had this revelation.

I think Americans have been trained to stop eating when they feel full. Well, the problem is that your brain waves are a little behind the times when they signal you that you are full and you end up in the 'feeling stuffed like the Thanksgiving turkey' full.

I know I've mentioned this before, but it's okay to leave food on your plate. Don't force yourself to finish eating it because there are starving children in ______ (fill in the blank). There will always be starving children somewhere and your food waste isn't going to feed them.

When I'm eating all my healthy guideline foods, I tend to have lots of WW points left at the end of the day, but when I'm not eating my healthy guideline foods, I use up my WW points around noon. The healthy guidelines are basically drinking 6 glasses of WATER, eating 2 servings of fat free dairy, 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, and lean protein. In other words, refined carbs such as sugar and flour products tend to use up your daily WW points.

In my WW weekly, I was reading a small blurb by the guy who does the fitness part of the pamphlet. It was quite enlightening. He had commented that on his tracker, he had gone over on his daily points a couple of days the previous week. When he started investigating as to why, he realized he'd been eating a muffin instead of the potato chips he really wanted.

Here's the enlightening part:

The muffin cost him 16 WW points, whereas if he had eaten the potato chips he would have only used 4 WW points!

Proving that you need to use your point calculator and not assume that one food is automatically less than another product.

You know about assuming things, right?

You make an ASS out of U and ME = ASSUME

Just something to think about.

Later, Peeps!

2 comments:

Meg said...

Very good advice. I don't want to be a member of the clean plate club. Sorry, Mom.

Margaret Golla said...

It's hard to do, isn't it? Especially if there are only a couple bites of food left on the plate.