Ch…Ch…Ch…Ch…Changes

So this week I threw my points to the wind, sort of, and decided instead to concetrate on what types of food I’ve been eating. Remember, I’ve been at a plateau now pretty much for the last three months.

I went pretty far over points on Thursday and Saturday. Not great on Friday either. I return to counting points on Sunday though. Here’s the thing. After my frustration with the scale on Thursday this week, I decided (when I finally let it go) that this week would not be about counting points and it would not be about losing weight. WHAT?, you say? Has she gone over the edge?

Nope. I feel like I’ve been letting my frustration with my “weight” really take away from all the healthy changes I’ve been making. I’m thinking my obsession with what the scale says could even be one of the reasons I’m not losing. So I decided to stop letting the scale rule.

Instead, I chose to pay attention to the quality of the food I was eating and enjoy it, even the Godiva chocolates. [Side note: my hubby and I took a lovely ride into Greenport on Saturday to hang down by the docks, look wistfully at the boats, and walk around the quaint little town. We ended up in a store called Sweet Indulgences, where they sold…wait for it….candy, among other things. I bought three Godiva truffles and enjoyed every last bite. No guilt. Not even a little.]

I am a self-confessed snacker though and I tend to eat lower-point meals sometimes to fit in my “treats.” So this weekend, instead of focusing on points, I re-evaluated what I was eating instead of the point value. I realized I was eating a little too much bread and maybe not enough lean protein. I actually cooked this weekend, a lot. Bay scallops, rice with cream sauce, barbecued chicken, fresh veggies… Saturday night I even had real ice cream!

I paid attention to my portions and cooked healthfully and I continue to track everything. I made some easy changes and have been choosing better quality snacks (grapes instead of a weight watchers cookie for example). Although if I want it, I’ll still have the WW cookie. I’m paying attention to my actual, physical hunger and trying to decipher what my body is craving. Mindful eating? I realized I’d become a Weight Watchers robot, eating the same things at the same time every day, focusing only on not going over those points.

I don’t know if it was the boost in points over the weekend or the changes in WHAT I’m eating, but the scale seems to be moving in the right direction. I’ll let you know how that goes on Thursday when I weigh in.

In the meantime, even when I wasn’t checking the scale (I managed to stay off of it from Thursday through Monday) I felt less anxious about my food intake and just better in general.

It’s also home stretch for triathlon training. Three weeks to go! The healthier food choices will definitely have a positive impact on my performance on race day!

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5 responses to this post.

  1. I think this is a great approach! It was refreshing just to read it. I hate “diet” stress! Blah!

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  2. This was such a great read for me right now… I am a big believer in eating healthy over focusing on the “diet”. However, it is easy to slip into just eating what is there. I am excited for you and all the big things coming! I can’t wait to hear how your week weigh in goes!
    XO Angie

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  3. I think this is a GREAT approach, and I believe the only long term one that will work. I think it’s possible to do both – to make healthy choices AND to stay in WW points but I think that’s where the Filling Foods approach comes in. I think you’re doing a GREAT job!!!!!!!! And I bet it will pay off in the way you want. 🙂

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  4. Posted by Ruth on July 8, 2009 at 2:41 am

    Good Luck with the new approach. It think it’s a great idea. Maybe weight watchers was what you needed just to get you on your feet. Losing weight is a lifestyle change and I think this is the prefect approach to not having to count points for the rest of your life.

    http://shefit.wordpress.com

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  5. Great post. I agree with you on counting WW points. If you follow it too strict you end up eating too much of the same food.

    I count my WW points at this moment but AFTER I’ve eating and sometimes I eat more points than allowed but I’ll compensate that with exercise. For me counting is at this moment a way to find out if I still make the right choices.

    I’m curious how it’s gonna turn out on your weigh-inn tomorrow.
    My weight is going down this week due to dental problems which makes chewing difficult and painful so I eat less and slower this week 🙂

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