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Food and WW
Anybody who's known me for awhile knows that I've battled with my weight almost all my life. I try not to talk about it tooooo much, because it's really not that interesting of a subject! Also, I'm not hugely overweight, and I know it's frustrating for people with more to lose than me to hear me talking about feeling fat. Which I'm not -- I know that -- but neither am I at a weight I feel healthy and comfortable at.

Anyway. My latest efforts at weight loss involved joining Weight Watchers in November. I had a very unimpressive first few months. I was unemployed, it was Thanksgiving, then Christmas, I was traveling, etc, etc. But despite all those obstacles I kept going to meetings. I lost and gained the same two pounds several times. But, on the plus side, my net total proved that although I didn't actually lose anything I didn't gain over that period of time either.

In February though, I think I started getting on track. It could very well be because my life has started smoothing out -- I have a job and a regular schedule again. I know where I'll be every weekday, and there is a microwave and a fridge nearby. I've gotten fairly good at bringing healthy snacks and lunches to work. I still eat out a lot on the weekends, but at least on the weekdays I've been doing a better job of making healthy choices.

WW is all about counting points. I'm not very good at that, and I've not yet made it through a whole week of counting every day. It's an obsessive way to live, and a frustrating one. However I do know the only time I lost a significant amount of weight was when I was counting every calorie that went into my mouth. Obsession works for me, but it takes up a lot of time and effort.

Dieting is a pain, because I'd so much rather be able to eat whatever I want, and not think about food! (Unfortunately, doing that causes me to gain weight. I know this because even though I'm active and periodically watching what I eat, I'm not skinny.) Also I really like to eat, particularly socially. However the other thing that WW harps on is that it's not a diet, but a lifestyle change. I get it in theory, but I'm not really convinced. Counting points or calories is dieting, even if there are Good Health Guidelines to go with.

Anyway again. As of today I've lost 5.25 pounds since that day in November when I joined. (I also gained and lost a few more pounds, but those don't count. Just the net result.) I'm relieved to finally be losing a little, and pleased, even though I'd prefer to lose at a greater rate than one pound per month. I'm tracking sporadically, and trying to do more good things for myself like going out less, making healthier choices when I do go out, eating vegetables, and riding my bike on the trainer.

Funny, I started writing this post to talk about what I ate today, but I got totally off track.

For dinner today I microwaved a bunch of frozen veggies with some leftover rice, vegetable broth, and some tuna. It wasn't a culinary inspiration, and it won't win any awards, but it was okay. I made it myself, and it's pretty healthy for me. I have two containers of leftovers to eat at work.

Then this evening I was hungry again. I have my favorite salsa in the fridge, but nothing to dip into it. I can never find baked tortilla chips, so today I tried putting a corn tortilla into my toaster oven and making my own chips. It kinda worked... it was fairly floppy, but the edges were crispy. With a little dexterity, I could mostly use it to spoon salsa into my mouth. I need to figure out other things to do with salsa. I love it, and it's zero points, but it really needs to be on something rather than all by itself. Adding tortilla chips ruins the zero-pointed-ness.

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sandygood From: sandygood Date: March 5th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Salsa can make a good veggie dip. Carrots and Celery...
abrokenstarr From: abrokenstarr Date: March 5th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I was going to suggest this too, or cauliflower.

Good job on the weight loss Rennie! It's a good feeling!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: March 5th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Want me to send you one of my books on calories of the foods in many restaurant meals?
aiela From: aiela Date: March 5th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you tried their new "Momentum" plan? It focuses a lot less on counting, and more on finding "filling foods" and stuff.
atdt1991 From: atdt1991 Date: March 5th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lucy says that it's easier once you've kept it up for awhile, I think because she understands where those points are and doesn't have to reference them all the time.

As far as that goes, it's just a new set of data for the world - rather than eating this mysterious delicious thing, she has a fair idea of how the fiber and calories and whathaveyou play into it to make it healthy or not healthy.
From: cscott Date: March 5th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: March 5th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm relieved to finally be losing a little, and pleased, even though I'd prefer to lose at a greater rate than one pound per month.
That's a lot healthier than me, where the only way I can maintain any willpower is if I can see changes on a scale nearly daily. It's not good to be that drastic, and it makes maintenance tough.

You can find helper apps for your Palm Pilot that help out the tracking. That seemed to make it less of a nuisance when I did WW for a while.
tammylc From: tammylc Date: March 5th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I created a google spreadsheet for points tracking. That made it easy for me to keep track of my points counts no matter where I was, and I programmed in the points counting calculation.

I lost 55 lbs over about a year. Because it took so long to get down to my goal weight, it really did make a lifestyle change for me. I just don't eat as much as I used to, so - so far, anyway - I've managed to keep the weight off.

Good luck!
From: writerwench Date: March 5th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, dear old WeightWatchers - I have all the cheery little inspirational booklets and points counters and stuff from 2007, when we both slogged our way down 20 pounds or so. I agree, counting points and being constantly aware of what you're putting in your mouth, especially when it isn't what you'd LIKE to be eating, is DIETING, no matter how they try to dress it up.

Cottage cheese instead of cheddar, Ryvitas or ricecakes instead of bread, whipped fat-free goo instead of honest cream... it's DREARY. I think, though, you're right. Now life has settled down a bit for you, and you're feeling less stressed, you can set aside the comfort foods as less needed, and concentrate on enjoying a jolly nice lifestyle.
nishar From: nishar Date: March 6th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean about the diet thing. It's time for me to go on my annual late winter early spring diet again.
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