Why losing weight this time is EASY. March 31st Food and Exercise Journal

by Alison on March 31, 2010

So I have said several times that this attempt at weightloss is different, it’s easier, so I thought I’d try to sit down and figure out why.  I came up with lots of answers and its probably a combination of all of these things.

First this is the first time that I was losing weight for me.  I wasn’t doing it because a doctor told me too, or to get pregnant, or to please a spouse or other family member, I was doing it for me.  I wanted to get healthier for its own sake.  I wanted to be able to be more active, just because.  It was amazing the difference this made for me, suddenly I wasn’t accountable to anyone but myself and the only person I let down by “cheating” was me.  In the past I said I wanted to lose weight but I’m not sure I really did (well one time I did I just let a plateau derail me).  This time I did/do and my weight loss shows it.

Second I prepared myself to diet.  I reviewed past mistakes, I read books to help me out, I generally got into the right mindset BEFORE I began.  The Beck Diet Solution and Maximize Your Body Potential were both critical to preparing me for my journey and getting me to think about obstacles and ways around them and other potential pitfalls, before they could derail me.  Armed with plans I was ready to navigate the diet world to make better choices most of the time.  No all or nothing thinking here.  Another key to success I don’t see myself as on or off program.  I allow myself treats, I plan for them and they don’t derail all my work.

Third I have fundamentally changed how we eat.  I am not on a diet, we eat healthy, I cook differently, we eat out much much less than I used to.  I think the calories cut by not eating out is a good chunk of it by itself.  Sure sometimes I cook with butter and full fat cream, but I’m finding ways to enjoy things like creamed spinach without them and not missing them most of the time.  I plan all our meals in advance including meals out or splurges.

Fourth is planning.  Meal planning, exercise planning, planning my planning, no joke I have meal planning on my calendar so I don’t forget to do it.  Planning allows me to make one shopping trip a week, to know that I am getting all our food groups in, favourite meals and new recipes.  When I forget something and make a second trip to the grocery store in a week I can almost guarantee that there will be an impulse buy and not usually fruits or veggies (although sometimes it is).  Planning allows me to stay on plan more easily.  Planning exercise makes sure that I get it all in, cardio, weights and stretching.

Finally last but not least is support.  I found a great buddy at my WeightWatchers meeting.  She marched up to me about 4 weeks into her journey, eight or nine into mine, and asked if I wanted to be a tracking buddy the person she had started with quit and she wanted to be accountable to someone outside herself.  We traded trackers and not much else for a while then we sort of acted as each others confessor and finally we developed a friendship.  We have since run three 5k races together and launched into this running thing together.  Knowing that I would have to tell her that I ate a piece of chocolate cake made me think about if I really wanted that cake (sometimes the answer was yes).  This support system led me to a wider one (other people in my meetings asked for my recipes and menu plans and it seemed easier to share it with a wider audience through a blog rather than emails)  Thus this blog was born with a nudge from my mother and sister who set up the original blogspot account.  The blogging community is awesome, so many people with similar stories and struggles,   Knowing that I have people out there following my progress helps to keep me honest with myself and focused on the big picture, it’s awesome

So all these things help, but the two most important to me are probably the fact that this is for me and I was ready and the support that I have found from others.  To those of you starting your journey or struggling I encourage you to think about blogging or finding a diet buddy to help keep you on track.  Sorry this is such a long post but it just kept going and going 😛

On to today I did a 3 mile pace run this morning and decided that hills and speed work don’t mix for me yet so I need to find a less hilly run, which probably means driving somewhere as I noticed no real flat roads around me <sigh>  I did finish all 3 miles in 47 minutes but I did have to walk some on the hills or slow down.  For breakfast before my run I had a cup of strawberries cut up in a half cup of non fat Greek yogurt and a blueberry bran vita top, it was so filling that I didn’t eat all the yogurt and strawberries but saved some for post workout.  For lunch I reheated a chicken roll up and sautéed some spinach.  Since I wasn’t having a salad, and I needed to get in my healthy oils, I added a teaspoon of olive oil to the spinach it was so silky and rich tasting, total keeper, to finish it off I had a pear, which was absolutely perfectly ripe, still firm but juicy, sooooo yummy!  For dinner we had leftover meatloaf and asparagus and then I noticed how many points I had left for the day so I decided to add a glass of wine 🙂

Ate 20.5 of 24 points. Earned 6 activity points.

Breakfast(2.5) –1/2 cup fage greek non fat yogurt, 1 cup strawberries, vitatop blueberry bran muffin

Lunch (7)–Spinach with olive oil(1),  chicken roll ups (5), pear (1)

Dinner (10)–buffalo chicken blue cheese meatloaf (6), roasted asparagus with balsamic brown butter (2), wine (2)

Snack (1)–Chocolate pudding

Running Weekly totals used 28 of 35 weekly points, earned 25 activity points.

Leftover chicken rollups with sautéed spinach and a nice juicy pear

Buffalo Chicken  Blue Cheese Meatloaf and Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter

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Biz April 1, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Loved reading this post Alison! I agree, until you decide to do it for yourself, nothing you do will get the weight off – glad you are doing this for you!

I have a wonderful husband, and he tells me I am beautiful as I am and says “if you want to lose weight, you are doing it because you want to, not because I want you to!”

Hooray for a WW buddy – that helps too!

Nicole, RD April 1, 2010 at 6:42 PM

I think you hit the nail on the head – wanting to lose weight is so important from wanting to be thin. Wanting to lose weight implies that you want to put in the work to get to where you want to be and where you want to stay. Two totally different things!

I am so glad you found a buddy at WW! That will make you both so successful in your journeys!

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