Looking over the last months...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I canceled my WW online membership as of this coming Tuesday when my current subscription runs out. It's a big decision for me, because I feel that I made a lot of progress on WW--not so much in weight loss as in just getting my head together about what I want and why I want it and shifting my eating back to whole foods. But SP fits those goals better than WW, and it's clear from looking at my progress since January that it's more about those goals than it is about the specific diet plan. I will probably keep tracking points, and I may pick up a local WW meeting now and then to get updated point goals. I'm also sticking with my WW online challenge, because I have really bonded with those women and feel like we help each other.

Since I'll only have access to them for a few more days, I just looked back at my weight loss charts and my food and exercise logs and reviewed what worked for me and what didn't. Here's the scoop:

-I didn't start eating whole foods again until this summer. Too much processed stuff is simply bad for me all around. It's not just about calories.
-When I don't log, I gain weight.
-When I'm stressed, I don't log, don't eat right, and gain weight.
-I really only started exercising consistently during the last couple of months, and that's when I started losing more consistently.
-I eat too much on weekends. In WW, I was using flex points, but it looks to me like those FPs are too many for me if I want to lose.
-I started to enjoy exercising during the last 6 weeks or so. That feels good, and makes me think I'm going to be able to keep it up.
-Somewhere in my head, it's finally clicked that "I don't eat that" when it comes to junk food. I no longer feel deprived, just simply that that's stuff other people eat and I don't.

Wow. I've come a long way since January. It's been a slow climb getting my head where I want it to be, but I think it's there now. And this time (as opposed to when I was 30 and eating well and exercising), it's all for me, not for anyone else. That feels very good.

Now, I'm off to the grocery store.
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  • JLITT62
    Boy, can I ever relate to your post! I'm a firm believer in RL meetings, but that's what works for me.

    The eating too much on weekends . . . technically, I wasn't; I almost never use up all my flex points -- most, but not all. But I'd save a lot for the weekends, so I could indulge more. Lately, I've been trying to spread them out more evenly throughout the week, and I think that's working better for me. Time will tell.

    Too much processed foods -- even healthy processed food -- aren't good for me, either. I like to cook, so it shouldn't be so difficult -- the hard part is when I'm just sick & tired of cooking.
    4276 days ago
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