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The stress of eating

Monday, May 11, 2015

The stress of eating

Well I met with my personal trainer last week. She wants me to eat 1900-2200 calories a day. And I totally get why she wants me to do so. The problem is – I have been trying and the only way (physically and financially) I can eat that many is to eat junk food and I don’t want to eat junk food. I have stressed so much this last week on what to eat and how much. It really brought me down.

When I sit and flip through my Facebook feed I see so many Weight Watchers success stories and it is really motivating. I want to be a success story. The one thing keeping me from it is not so much what I eat or how I work out but more so the fact that I stress over what plan to follow. I don’t stick to anything for very long because I will hear a success story from WW or from counting calories or from eating clean and I stress myself out over having to do one or the other that I never stick to one thing for long. Hence the cycle of the yo-yo diet. Its frustrating and extremely stressful. No wonder I cant lose 5 lbs.

But consistency is the key! Tracking is the key and I need to do both! I need to track, I need to stick with one method, I need to work out. Sounds easy but why isn’t it?

My doctor told me something a year ago that I really should just stick to. She said “it isn’t about eating clean or cutting out favorite foods. Its about calories in versus calories out – plain and simple and it doesn’t matter if you count calories or points, just do something and stick to your daily range and work out”. Sounds simple. I just get sidetracked by seeing results of others and thinking that will work for me. I am sure it would if I just stuck to it.

So what I am going to do? Well I am not going to stress about what I eat. I have learned that 1900-2200 doesn’t work for me so I am going to use my WW app and SP app to track my foods. I reset my calories to 1200-1400 and I have a points plus daily limit of 33. I am going to track both apps and see what one works for me and in 1 weeks’ time I am going to decide what to do. I lost on weight watchers before and I know I can do it again. I need to do what works for me and what I can stick to. I cant stress anymore because that leads to the yo-yo effect. Its time to take back control of my weight loss.

I am also going to stop the all or nothing and learn to make things work for me. I worry that WW wont work for me because I will have to give up things in order to lose – I don’t because I have the extra 49 per week and I have my activity points to use. I can keep my whole wheat bread and not used reduced calorie. I can have a cookie and move on.

I am going to take the advice of my trainer too. Eat protein first, then fiber, then fruits, and then carbs. I will take a little bit from everything and make it work for me.

Its going to take time but I can do this!!!
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    Years past, I did the low fat diet with WW. This go-round, I am consciously throwing in more fat (although I cut way back on refined foods). Skin -- both inside and out -- likes healthy fats, so my extra calories go to coconut oil, almonds, natural peanut butter, guacamole and hummus. How can I feel deprived when I get to have such "rich" stuff! I make sure I have at least 4 veggies and 1 fruit a day, and that takes care of my volume eating preferences.
    2193 days ago
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    You are going to be a success story. I really like Andrea's success story here at Spark People. I joined her AML group here at Spark and I follow her blog A Measured Life. She's the woman who has posted a picture of her legs as her profile pic on the BLC 28 pre-challenge.
    2231 days ago
    Diets don't work. I high percentage (80%) gain the pounds back after awhile. What works is learning how to eat healthy. That's all it takes, eating healthy. Three meals a day, fruit, veggies, protein, low carb and low fat. Watch the sodium and it works. Snack on healthy snacks if you need to. Track your food on SP and just stay within your calories you were given. No points, no pills, no diets and no shakes.
    2231 days ago
    emoticon I understand how it can drive you a bit crazy--been there---I know now it's all about balance. I gave up on diets years ago. I could never stick to any program-especially budget wise. You do the best you can. Great ways to boost up the calories & get some protein etc... is nuts or greek yogurt. Since it doesn't take a lot of nuts to give you higher calories the cost of them are worth it. You can also find them cheaper at places like "Aldi's" or other discount grocery stores. Walnuts, Almonds, Sunflower Seeds etc... Also a cheap protein is "Sardines" or "Herring" and you can get frozen wild filet of Haddock at Aldi's cheap--I prepare mine in the toaster over with some lemon juice, s/p, then a sprinkle of Japanese Panko crumbs just on top with a dash of Olive Oil for browning. Then some more lemon juice on top when done. Also a cheap protein is black beans-I made a few different black bean burgers--you can also turn that into a black bean (meatloaf style) or balls. Chickpeas are great toasted up and seasoned etc.. there are lots of great protein sources that don't cost a lot. Root veggies are also way cheaper then say fruit-so I try to prepare meals more with those & keep the fruit for more of a side or snack dish. There are many beans that you can turn into a lot of tasty dishes to stay in budget-get more calories if needed & boost your protein etc.. Also coconut milk or almond milk is good calories & a bit more healthier for you then some other stuff. I cook with it etc... Hope this helps a little. emoticon emoticon

    2232 days ago
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    2232 days ago
    Yes, you can
    2232 days ago
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