Saturday, July 11, 2020
This morning started out with a walk. I came home and fixed a satisfying breakfast of 80 grams (1 point) cottage cheese and then filled the rest of my one cup bowl with berries. Eating it was so satisfying and refreshing. I'm finishing up my lemon water before I have my first tea of the morning. Life is good.
I've blogged about my diet and on July 4 I realized that I needed to revisit my diet goals. I had gotten caught up with trying to do low carb AND low calorie AND low point and it wasn't working. I was struggling not to gain weight and was losing the battle.
I've been listening to a lot of WW Youtube videos from people who have lost weight and kept it off and what they eat. I realized that I was bored with my food and I was snacking a lot. So, I rethought my diet and got back on track with diet. I am not going to worry about carbs. I was doing with carbs what many of us do with free or zero point, or low calorie. I was over eating them. I did the same thing I was doing before I came to Sparkpeople. One of the things I noticed was the video bloggers were enjoying things I had made off limits and they were still maintaining or losing weight (depending on the person's goals). Also, the plant based youtubers were losing weight eating, the things I had made off limits.
So, I revisited my goals and what I already know. I went shopping and started eating foods that would satisfy me. I have put pasta, potatoes, cottage cheese, sprouted bread, popcorn and other things back into my diet in limited portions. That is where WW comes in. I went back to tracking points and I end the day having used all my points. I still watch the calories to make sure I am where I need to be.
Sometimes we think less is more when we are trying to lose weight. We think eating the fewest carbs, or calories will help us lose weight, which in theory is true. But, the reality for me is filled with hunger, snacking, and other issues. It also left me justifying little bites that turn into bigger amounts. And the truth is I wasn't as satisfied with my food. Yes, I love a good burger without the bun or half the bun, but I love all the things like corn on the cob and other things that goes with the burger at the July Fourth picnic.
So,I began to look at my food again. I remembered that when I lost my weight in 2007-8, I used an approach from the Sonoma Diet (based on Mediterranean eating). I tracked portions by my plate at each meal. We all have heard about the plate approach to portion control. I did that along with tracking.
I have to admit I didn't intend to use all my points, but I began to consistently use my points and at the end of the day, I wasn't as hungry. As I expanded the list of foods I was allowing myself, I was more satisfied. My husband says my mood is better, too. And I am noticing as time goes on I'm not looking for something to eat between meals like I was.
Something we all need to consider in our weight loss journeys: does our food satisfy us? Do we feel filled and energetic and ready to get on with our day? If you are eating the right foods and the right amounts you will feel good after eating. Not sluggish and not still hungry. It might mean needing new variety or a new plan. Or it might mean looking at the plan itself. I had gotten caught up in the "low" fervor which wasn't helping me. Now I am focused on eating good foods and staying in my points.
Remember: It's good to examine our eating and make it better.