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Stop touching it..

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

That's one of the quirky family sayings we have. 'Stop touching it..' said all sing-songy in a high pitched grating voice, usually referring to an owie but maybe to something that should be left alone - a spider's web maybe. Just silly stuff.

It's not so silly, though, in this instance. You may be more familiar with the saying 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. Similar sentiment - just leave it be!

I was touching it, a lot. What? My nutrition. I lost around 50 lbs the first 6/7 months on Spark. I lost the next 10 lbs over maybe 6 more months. And then I stalled. Because I started touching it.

Maybe if I cut out more fat, I'll lose better.
Maybe if I cut out meat, I'll lose faster.
Maybe if I cut out carbs, I'll lose more.
Maybe if I cut out processed foods, I'll lose quicker.

Maybe if I stop touching it, it will work again!

Seriously, I went off plan, off the reservation, off the deep end. Oh, some of it worked, and I did see some results with different tactics. But honestly.. if it worked before, it'll work again. Stop messing with it!

Of course, I'm still in the first stages of getting things turned around and I'm hoping for some kind of sign I'm heading in the right direction come weigh-in day (Friday). I know, I know, many aspects play into the number on the scale, and it's not the end-all, be-all. It's still pretty darned affirming to see that number move in the desired direction.

So. The Spark menu plan has been turned on and is in place. I'm following it for the most part.
I am happier without pasta and rice - it just isn't worth it to me, really. A half cup of either costs an awful lot of calories, I'd rather 'spend' them on something else.
I have nutty/grainy bread now that's satisfying - no white bread, no rolls or flimsy bread stuff. I want something toothsome to be satisfying and worth eating.
Instead of Romaine and/or Spinach, I'm having Earthbound Farm Organic Power Greens - my gosh it's good, spinach and kale and swiss chard.
I'm sticking with smaller portions of full-fat items like yogurt or butter or cheese, rather than having something with reduced/no fat. What do they replace the fat with anyway?

So I'm back to basics, slightly modified. My consumption is hovering between 1500 and 1900 calories a day, depending on what I'm doing that day. I'm trying not to 'game the system' as it were. I know I'll be burning a bit more calories than usual this evening, walking kennel kids, so I justify the taco salad I'll have for dinner.

Evenings and weekends are still a challenge, but I'm enjoying a small serving of hummus with crunchy veg rather than half a family-sized bag of pretzels. I'm trying. I'm not expecting perfection - hence the weigh-in day on Friday, I'll be able to recover from any weekend blunders before the next weigh-in.

I'm making sense of things my own way. Your mileage may vary. Whatever works, embrace it and run with it.

Oh, that's another quirky family saying - take the bull by the horns and run with it.
Get a visual of that. Now chuckle.
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    I like the smile in your words. I'm glad you're getting back to basics and doing what worked the 1st time. You're right, don't mess with a good thing.
    2635 days ago
    Hey, if it works!!!!! So easy to start second-guessing when you really really want to succeed. Friday will be the day when you know! :)
    I'm proud of you for getting off the white flour crap. I need to, just haven't been able to shake it since November when life got crazy and I started eating a lot of white flour by necessity.

    Costco has an amazing premade salad mix - it's all this good green stuff like kale and sliced raw brussels sprouts and good chewy stuff like that, with craisins (I think) and some sort of nuts, and a good dressing. Or maybe it's just raisins. Anyway, it's good if you are looking for something different to get your teeth around. :)
    2635 days ago
    I just came back in the last week, too.
    2636 days ago
    Gosh I missed your wit and blogs! I definitely smiled at your image...
    Sounds like your getting your feet back under you, so to speak. You've got a plan in place and are making it work! I'll keep my fingers crossed for Friday...
    2640 days ago
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    When I think of myself taking the bull by the horns....I see myself flailing/flying beside it....maybe that's just me! LOL I totally agree....what worked before will work again. But this time when we hit a plateau we can't just start implementing different stuff. Otherwise we will just get frustrated and ultimately give up. It's hard to believe we are back here again, but I'm ready to be happy with the journey this time. And ready to see where it takes me. BTW....I found out that Walmart jeans....AKA Lee something or others in tall are long enough for me. I know this sounds ridiculous, but I had a real mind block when it came time to gaming up for having to buy Eddie Bauers too it's like ok I can buy three for the price of one. I can do that once a month if I change sizes quickly! That would be a pretty motivating non scale victory right there. I also ordered a pair of heal cups for the PF today. All of Robert's posts about running are getting to me...and I want to get back there so badly! And Nancy said she hasn't shed a pound since January, but she has gone down four sizes...that's running for ya! If I ever have to take a stress test again....I want them to ask me....why are you here again! It took us over ten minutes to get your heart rate over 150. I loved that feeling, and we are going to get there! 50 pounds be damned!
    2640 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/2/2014 6:45:36 PM
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