Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This Works For Me

I am a firm believer in doing what's best for you. For yourself as a parent, a spouse, a friend, an employee and even a dieter. I don't like that label much as the word diet seems to have such a negative reputation. Diets mean you are restricting yourself, going without or even causing yourself to do something you'd rather not be doing. For me Weight Watchers isn't a diet. It's a lifestyle change that has prompted me to look at all aspects of my life in a new light. What does that mean exactly? For me, it means having an overall healthy and balanced lifestyle that is obtainable, manageable and realistic. Weight Watchers is what works for me and it has NOTHING to do with the number on the scale.

Prior to joining Weight Watchers in February, I would eat what I wanted, when I wanted and how much I wanted. This includes both good and bad foods. I love carbs and sweets. These are deemed "bad" foods but that's where I disagree. For me, nothing is bad as long as I enjoy it in moderation. For example, our family has spaghetti night once a week. It's the one dinner that I know Connor will eat without fuss. You would be shocked to see how many meatballs that little fella can eat! I could make spaghetti squash in place of my pasta but here's the thing, I don't want to. I simply control the portion size of my spaghetti noodles, usually 3 ounces, and enjoy spaghetti and meatball night without guilt.

Because that's the thing. I will not be made to feel guilty or wrong by eating foods I love and enjoy. Someone asked how I eat out, I replied the same way you do, I'm just mindful of my food choices. I will admit I tend to pick chicken, veggies or salads when dining out but that's because they are easier foods to figure SmartPoints for. Over the last 4.5 months, I've still had pizza, burgers and fries and even the occasional milkshake. But I've planned and balanced my day so that I can have these foods and still remain within my point range.

I've talked a lot about "junk" food so let's talk about fruits and veggies. Before WW I would barely touch either food groups. Not because I don't like them but because I would choose the lazy way and pick processed foods over fresh fruits and veggies. Once I started the SmartPoints program I quickly realized how fast points can go when you waste too many on processed (think high sugar) foods. Now when hungry and looking for a snack, I go with apples, grapes or bananas (all 0SP) over trail mix, chips or peanut butter crackers. I am all about eating more food and 0 SP foods allow me to eat quiet a lot in any given day.

Now that I've chatted about food, I want to talk about my activity level. This might shock some of you but just because you run your children to and from, keep your house in order and simply live a busy life, that doesn't mean you are working out. I'm not pointing fingers but I will admit that I once thought of myself as an active person because I was always so busy. Being busy and pushing your body to move more are two different things completely.

For 3 full months I focused on just my food and in June challenged myself to workout more. I've been participating in a 30 day buns, guns and abs challenge. I've also been making it a priority to walk for at least 45 minutes a day. Last week alone I chalked up over 24 miles walked, which a personal best. Both goals have allowed me to see big changes in my body this last month. For once the scale is showing less of a loss than the inches I'm sweating away.

Speaking of scale, I really do focus on non-scale victories. The number on the scale doesn't define your progress. Yes of course there is a certain number I am reaching for but to take over 19,000 steps in a single day or to survive 75 squats or lunges at a time is a big accomplishment. The scale doesn't define me. Daily progress towards an overall healthier lifestyle is what I am aiming for.

I am down almost -30 pounds as of this morning. I'm wearing jeans that I feel comfortable in for the first time in years. I don't mind putting on a swimsuit and going to the pool. I have good day and bad days. I go over my SmartPoints. I've become more positive, patient and persistent. I believe that I am strong. I am 18 pounds away from goal. I have days I don't track a single piece of food I consume. I give myself grace often. However I will be the best version of myself with every single positive step I take towards a healthier me.

Please keep in mind I'm not a nutritionist or doctor, just a Momma trying to get her groove back. If what you read above is of interest, feel free to reach to me or even consult your family doctor. As always do your own research and ask questions. Find what works for you!

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