Rats, rats, and double rats! I've gained 5 lbs in about 10 days pigging out on anything and everything. Five lbs for me is like a ton. I recently lost 20 lbs the last year. Been going to Curves faithfully 3 times per week, building muscle mass, but my Body fat percentage is still poor....32%. But lately, I've been pigging out on comfort food. I have consumed a whole loaf of pumpkin bread in the last 48 hours. I'm outta control. Time to get out the old WW points calculator and go to town again. Time to get back on the wagon. I've been eating lots of almonds, which are good for you, but in moderation. I eat about 1 cup per day. Cookies, cheddar cheese...all high points. Time to sober up! Back on WW as of now!!!!
Aww. Too bad.
You would think a Profound Love Of Jesus And a Personal Relationship With God would mean you did not need to do this to yourself.
Guess not huh?
Okay, Donotfear, let;'s get a hold on your situation! Sure, support helps, but a real commitment to your goal is necessary first and foremost. Having been a guitar teacher for many years, as well as an assistant martial arts instructor-- certified master personal trainer, I helped many committed persons reach a plethora of goals.
As I describe in my hubs regarding weight loss, weight training and general well being, several things must always be in place:
A belief that you can reach your goals, then exceed them
Empower yourself with knowledge
Weight Watchers is an utterly horrible and unscientific approach to weight loss! Yes, it most certainly is! Diet needs to be a way of life. I'm always lean and strong, but I'm always on a diet, sometimes maintaining a bodyweight of 175- though I'm in the 190s right now. I'm still quite lean at that weight, but I could look better. I'm a competitive powerlifter, so my eating habits cycle on and off, up and down. The one tenet hat never changes is the consumption of healthy whole foods.
What mean by cycling (and I AM getting to my point), is eating for maintenance, improved speed/power, weight reduction, ad improved physique all have different connotations, but minor changes to the types of foods that I eat makes these changes possible.
I set a goal, decide how to best achieve it by formulating a plan that I will not deviate from, redefine that goal as progress takes place.
I think you get it now-- you should always be on a diet. Diet doesn't mean a reduction of calories, either. Calorie reduction is the most disasterous and precarious plan there is.
Eat more whole foods: Old fashioned oatmeal, whole grain breads with no high fructose corn syrup (NO, it is NOT the same as sugar!), whole vegetables, "some" fruit- but I suggest fruit be cut from the early stages of a weight loss regimen, baked chicken-turkey-fish, and pork.
Improve the glycemic load of the carbohydrates that you ingest. Do this by adding a small amount of fat to every carb rich food. Glycemic load is determined by the speed in which glucose enters the blood stream. Fat slows the digestion of all macronutrients. Though fat has twice the calories as protein or carbohydrates, these extra calories actually do more to improve your diet.
Why whole foods and RAW vegetables? Cooking and/or processing of food takes the place of much of the digestive process. Tough vegetables actually deplete much of the calories that they add between chewing, swallowing and "peristalsis"
Peristalsis is the process of ripping food apart and mixing it with gastric juices by the gut. This is mechanical digestion and does require calories be spent doing so. Also, these tough whole foods always enter the bloodstream more slowly. Add to that all of the nutrients are still intact!
Here's your plan. Always eat breakfast, but a very small meal. Snack around 10:00 am, lunch at 12:30-1:00, snack at 3:30, light dinner (6:30?), then a very small protein rich snack a little before bed. Please, PLEASE don't listen to any idiot that claims foods eaten before bed turn to fat. There is absolutely no scientific proof at all to that statement.
Please, have a look at some of my hubs when you have time. Request a specific hub if you don't see what you're looking for. Save that Weight Watchers enrollment money for something worthwhile.
that's rather rude??
she just wants a place to share with others.
I understand perfectly donotfear. Yes get back to WW quickly before you gain it all back. That does happen.
Rants are a great thing! However, for five pounds it could just be stuff that's still in your system, I know I can fluctuate by five pounds or more just from drinking a whole bunch of water. My own belief is that we can eat anything and everything...in moderation...and live healthy. In the last two years I've lost about 60 pounds, and I still get to have everything I want, just in reasonable portions.
You know "A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips", you go girl, get back to WW & motivate the rest of us.
Have you never heard that saying? It certainly keeps me on my toes but hey everybody to their own I guess.
Yes, I've heard that saying. And that's why it's the worst advice I've ever read. You don't say that to people. That's considered as being rude..
It is supposed to be inspirational, certainly not intended to be rude.
Most people would misunderstand this. Seriously, where are you from? Is this not considered an insult where you're from?
You better believe it honey!! Ha! Great quote, I'l remember it.
The thing that shocked me recently was that, since I'm cutting down as well, I was looking at Slim Fast in store. They have 300 calories per drink! You may as well have a normal breakfast - one bowl of Special K fills you up more than that and it's less calories!!!
Hey Andrew, I am all for the Special K, can't beat it.
Thanks to you guys are supporters of the battle to overcome. I'm having a 5 point soup now....loaded with veggies. Great bunch, you supporters!
I'm really not a fan of diet places. The trouble is you need to do something that will be with you always, not trying to dump a few pounds, only to bounce back.
The only way to do that is eat healthy and get at least a moderate amount of exercise. We eat and drink so much crap without even thinking about it.
Cut out all soda and stuff that is nothing but sugar. After a month you will not even miss it. Eat stuff that is just plain good, like veggies, fish, chicken and so on.
Treat yourself once a week or so to a pizza, candy or whatever you like, that way you don't feel like your missing out. Take walks if nothing else for exercise. Good luck.
Hey donotfear! You'll lose the 5 in no time. In additon to changing your eating habits, or going back to WW, you might want to consider why you've been "off the wagon".
Sometimes there are stressors in our lives that cause us to crave things or to eat unhealthy. Perhaps there's a major change in your life or new problems that have popped up. It's important to go to the source as to why we restart our unhealthy eating habits. There are times our bodies crave certain nutrients that we are short on...such as salt, sugar, iodine and so on. This also may cause cravings. Even dehydration can cause us to eat more because we are identifying our thirst as hunger.
I'm glad that you posted this...nothing better than a little rant amongst friends.
Like it was mentioned earlier, 5 pounds could be water, but you know how you're eating and if those habits are going to help our hurt you long term. Good for you for taking care of it before 5 pounds creeps to 15!!
Don't worry...therapy will help you shed what you've gained. Chances are you've eaten salty stuff and it's water you've retained. It really helps to drink at least 5 litres of water each day (preferably R.O. water) to help flush out all the toxins in your body. It's a great way to keep from eating too much, even if you have too much stress. Water fills up your tummy, keeps you detoxified and gives you an energy boost. Just remember, you still need to eat though!
Look after yourself first...everyone else can wait (that is if it isn't your profession).
I already drink tons of water a day. It's well water, straight from the ground, untreated. Plus I drink green teaand Acai berry juice. I think it's just a craving phase that will pass soon, but I'm starting to count points now.
Actually, in my profession, I have one hour to get to the crisis. It's a wonderful job, but I know it takes it's toll without me being aware of it. Getting called out at all hours, sometimes working all night, but it's good pay for this area. Plus, I worked many years to complete my education to get there. I can't let a little thing like a mid-life crisis stop me from getting back on the wagon!
I understand completely.
You've got great foundation to work on -- you're very aware of yourself. That's fantastic!
Good luck with therapy this week! I'm heading off for the night, but will check in and see how you're doing.
a few foods that help fight fat by boosting the metabolism
8 oz. cup of coffee without the starbucks frills
a handful of almonds or walnuts
salmon has omega 3 fatty acids, also keeps you full longer
mustard instead of mayo, mustard has tumeric which helps slow fat growth
oz of full fat cheese which has an acid in it that helps boost the metabolism.
good luck. you can do it!
I eat the almonds every day,
Okay, I already drink coffee in the morning, A+
Take fish oil omega 3 1000mg per day, A+
Take Tumeric extract in capsule form.
How bout that!!! It's just me I guess....Glad to know that what I'm already taking is benficial to others as well.
Ah dont get too bothered about these things....more walking and dont panic...you still look good from where im sitting
Thanks! Guess I just have a complex about it...I don't ever wanna be stick thin. But I swore I'd never be over 150 again, either. For my frame, 150 was way too much. But when a person has a small frame and more fat on it than needed, it shows easier. Thanks for your encouragement.
How do ya know those 5 pounds won't make you more desireable? Not everyone wants a supermodel ya know.
Hope your day was cool and the veggie soup is filling you up. WW have a few great recipes.
I just blew my WW points for the day! I went by the office and one of our hospitals had brought by tons of pizza and chocolate brownies. I hate a huge hunk of the chocolate brownie, probably 10 WW points! Now I'm at 22-25 points today and haven't had supper yet! I'm starving.
hun..its winter time..I think we all ( if we are from cold climates 0 pack up some extra weight for heat..
my summer weight is 122, my winter weight jumps to about 127..then as spring/summer comes again- it disappears...
just thought I would add my 2 cents, you shouldnt worry about 5 winter pounds, you are perfectly fine
Oh Lord help me!!! Your weight used to be my ideal weight. You're a stick girl! That's what I'm supposed to weigh. Well, you are young. I'm 51 yrs old and stay active, honey, active. It's just happening and bugging me to death. These cravings are terrible. I haven't gone through the change yet either. Still waiting for it. I blew it yesterday bad. Doing good today...sorta. Thanks friend!
I wasn't aware that Weight Watchers actually works. Hmm. I've never been on a diet in my life but thats because I honestly lack the will power. Im always eating! But I commend you X a million donotfear. Its an honorable thing trying to moderate your diet!!
I'm with jocseko! There's a reason you had to go back to WW
You know, I never actually became a member of WW. I just downloaded the points list and read some material on it. Learned a lot! It's all about WHAT you eat, and the amount. I'll tell ya this. Piling the plate with non-fried vegatables is a good thing. I always have a brightly colored plate of veggies. I'm gonna do okay. I continue to go to Curves too. It helps a lot.
Joecseko: Wow! What a list! Thank you so much for contributing. The good news is that I'm folowing a plan fairly close to what you advise. My problem - emotional eating! Sweets! I blew my points for yesterday. I'll go and research some of your articles, too. Ihad cholcolate pit last night, my mind & body just craved it, it was there, I ate it. Enjoyed every minute of it! I do include lots of vegatables in my diet, some raw. That's good. Thank you very very very much for your encouragement! I also tend to exaggerate a bit...but one doesn't have to be 'overweght' to have an eating problem.
Donotfear, you seem to be obsessed with those 5lbs... You're thinking about it all of the time, and keep on focusing on what you do wrong - your own brain sabotages your efforts, and you keep on failing your diet...
Emotional eating? It won't go away unless you remove the cause. Or at least temporarily "block" it - now you seem to be spiralling downwards, where eating makes you feel bad and you try to improve your mood by eating, which makes you feel worse, etc.
Have a few low fat chocolate dessert pots in your refrigerator, they will stave off the chocolate craving. Only buy what you need for your diet if possible. Good Luck as always.
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