Dieting. I hate it. I am really bad at it. When I hear the word diet, I think immediately restraint-limiting-confined-restricting-no fun-and the list goes on. In my pre Weight Watcher days I would always start my diet on Monday. Now that was after a lot of reading over the weekend of what diet I was going to attempt. I have a full library of diet books. If you need one – don’t bother going to the library. Just come over to my house and borrow one. I am sure my collection is much better than the libraries. And my Kindle is chalk full of dieting and weight loss books. Do you know how many books are out there on weight loss? And I think I have them all.
But back to my point. The word diet to me means staying on a limited way of eating and taking out food groups. So pre-Weight Watcher’s – on Monday, I would start with (I will pick Paleo just to start out with) great intentions. I had my meats (very lean), vegetables and berries all lined up. No dairy, no legumes, no bread, no nothing. And I did great. Until Wednesday when I started to dream of all the foods I could not eat or drink (let me have a glass of wine!) And then the downward spiral started. A little bread – a little pasta – cheese – maybe a taste of ice cream. Cheez-Its. My favorite food. You can’t have those on Paleo. But you can have almonds. I love almonds. But I do prefer the salted smokehouse ones to the plain no taste natural one. And I give up on my diet and I will start again on Monday.
I do more reading over the weekend and try another approach. Let’s try South Beach. Lean meats, vegetables, limited fruits (no fruits for the first week) and no carbs. Again, I do great until Wednesday when I start to think about all the foods I can not eat. And I start eating foods I never eat. Chips – I love chips. Why would I eat chips? They are not on this diet plan or any other diet. I just blew it again. I will start again on Monday.
My point being, that when whole food groups are taken out of a weight loss plan I freak out. When I bemoan the fact that I had a small weight loss at my weekly weigh in to my daughter, she yells at me (not really yelling – just talking sternly) “Mom – have you been eating bread???” Yes for crying out load. I had a Subway Club sandwich – which has 320 calories and 8 points. I figured it into my points. Give me a break! Can I never eat bread again?
But here is what I have done. I eat all food groups. Weight Watchers has taught me to limit certain foods – like bread – by giving it a high point value. So I do limit my intake of bread. Fruit has no points. But I have found that if I eat all the fruit I want in one day, I will not lose weight. And even though wine is made from grapes, my favorite sweet nectar does not count as fruit. I eat lean meats, lots of vegetables, fruit, dairy – non-fat Greek yogurt is my favorite, cheese on a limited basis, olive oil, and some breads. My snacks include pistachios and almonds (the plain ones), I love popcorn but limit that to once or twice a week. I do not feel deprived. Because on Weight Watchers, I can eat anything I want. I just have to count the points. I get to eat 26 points per day. And if I need to, I can tap into the 49 point weekly extra allowance.
I have come to the conclusion that I can not stay on a strict, food restricting diet. Some people do very well on those. And I commend them. Yes, I do get frustrated with my slow weight loss, but I am consistently losing. I wish I had the self control to stay on a quick weight loss diet. But I do not. This horrible dieter will finally meet her goal weight. I just have to remember, slow and steady wins the race.
WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Weight loss – 0.2 lbs
Tuesday – 25 points • Exercise – ran 3 miles
Wednesday – 26 points • Exercise – ran 3 miles
Thursday – 38 points • Exercise – walk/ran 3 miles – Halloween – no candy but I did have chips and of course – wine.
Friday – 25 points • Exercise – Day of rest
Saturday – 26 points • Exercise – ran 3 miles
Sunday – 29 points • Exercise – ran 4 miles – Hiked for 45 minutes