Am I one of those people?

I had an awesome day today. As I mentioned before – or at least I think I did – I joined Weight Watchers. I joined the week before Thanksgiving. Yes, that’s right, it was right before the holidays. Some might say it was stupid. I say it was magnificent…brilliant, actually. It saved me from packing on another 10-15 pounds during the holiday eating or shall I say holiday bingeing time. I ate a few of my favorite treats, but I didn’t gorge myself on them like I usually do. 

So why was my day so great? I finally hit a total weight loss of 15 pounds. Well, actually, it was 15.2 pounds to be exact. Yahoo! To some, that may not sound like a big deal. To me, it meant the world. Now, I am just four pounds away from hitting my 10 percent goal. And, I am only 15 pounds away from my goal. I was and I still am ecstatic!

But, I also questioned the person I am becoming. I ate lunch today with a friend. She ordered her lunch and I ordered mine. I had a grilled pear salad that was supposed to have walnuts on it, along with some creamy, goopy poppyseed dressing and some goat cheese. As the waiter took our order, I said, "I will have the blah, blah, blah salad, but please no walnuts (it’s added fat that I didn’t need or want) and can I have the balsamic vinegar dressing instead (it’s less fatty than the creamy dressing)." I kept the cheese on the salad, but then scraped half of it off. Seriously, do you know how fattening cheese is? My friend ordered a salad, but let’s just say it wasn’t of the healthy variety. 

I felt kind of snotty. I’m not sure why, but I did. I thought to myself, "Oh no, am I becoming one of those people!" You know the kind. They snub their noses at "bad" food. They wouldn’t dare think about eating anything with the least bit of fat on or in it. They eat like birds. They exercise like crazy. They think they are fat, but they’re not.

But, then I remembered that I haven’t exercised for two weeks and tonight, I ate another piece of birthday cake. This time, it was marble with the real good, sugary sweet frosting. Nope, I’m not one of those people. I’m still real. I still eat bad food and don’t feel guilty or not as guilty about it. And the size of my jeans is a double digit number – and probably always will be.

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Why can’t I lose weight?

The title of my blog is a question I myself have asked many times and one I hear on a regular basis. What I find very ironic about the question is that most often when it’s being asked, the person asking is either eating a big bag of Doritos or they just slathered on a thick layer of ranch dressing on their salad or they just got done consuming their third Mountain Dew or Coke for the morning.

Seriously, people. I have found over the years that if someone, like myself, wants to lose weight and keep it off, they need to change their eating habits. They, or I, can’t eat Twinkies everyday or a large bowl of ice cream everyday and expect to lose weight. It’s not gonna happen. I’ve tried it. It doesn’t work.

I’m not saying you and I have to give up all the good stuff, but eating Cheetos for breakfast everyday isn’t going to work anymore. Eating a salad is healthy. Eating a salad with a big gob of ranch dressing or any other creamy-style dressing, along with bacon bits, cheese and croutons is not healthy. Not by any means. It’s actually amazing the amount of calories and fat that’s packed into a healthy-looking salad. You’d be surprised.

Did you know that one tablespoon of ranch dressing has 73 calories and nearly 8 grams of fat. Most people put at least three or four tablespoons of dressing on their salad. A tablespoon of the fat-free kind has only 17 calories and about .5 grams of fat. Do the math. Which one would you choose?

I know what you are thinking, the fat-free kind doesn’t taste as good. Well, here’s a simple solution, especially if you like the Hidden Valley Ranch brand of dressing. Take a container of fat-free sour cream and mix it with a packet of the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing dry seasoning mix. This is good. Really good. And it is not nearly as fattening as the real stuff. There are also so many other healthier options out there, but you have to want to change. Otherwise, the "good" stuff is always going to taste bad. 

Yesterday, I was given a great quote by a friend…."Nothing tastes as good, as looking good feels!" That about sums it up right there.

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Sweet tooth temptations

Saturday night we celebrated some birthdays. Not a big deal, right. But what do families always have at birthday parties…CAKE!

Cake is probably by far my favorite sweet treat. When I was pregnant with my son, I would bake a cake almost every week and of course, eat it by myself. I love cake. Chocolate cake. Yellow cake. Marble cake. Strawberry cake. German cake. Angel food cake. It doesn’t matter, I love cake. Period. I also love cake batter. My mom always wondered why her cakes were a lot higher than mine when they baked until I finally told her it was because I would eat half of the batter before I put it in the pan. So you see, I have an addition to cake…and frosting. I can’t tell you how many times I bought and ate an entire can of frosting all to myself in one sitting. 

Cake isn’t necessarily part of the plan for healthier eating. But it’s also one food I will not give up. No way. No how. However, I realized I don’t have to eat an entire cake or even half a cake – a nice-sized piece will do just fine. It usually satisfies my sweet tooth cravings.

Well, at this little birthday gathering we were having, there were several choices for cake. There was the typical marble cake with white icing. YUM! And then, there were four other different types of cake cut into quarter sections (from a round layer cake) arranged nicely on a platter. There was red velvet (okay), carrot (better), German chocolate (even better) and then a chocolately on top of chocolatey ooey gooey goodness one. Guess which one I picked? Yep, I ate the chocolately goodness one…the best of the bunch. Not the entire quarter, but a slice and a half. And darn, if it wasn’t the best tasting chocolate cake ever.

I was going to stop after one slice, but my husband wanted to taste some (he chose the red velvet one instead) and mine was already gone. So I sliced a little chunk off another piece for him, although I ate most of it!

Fortunately, my other food choices for the rest of the day were part of my plan for healthier eating. So, I didn’t feel the least bit guilty for indulging in the ooey gooey goodness of that slice of cake. It was so worth it.

 

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Men are bigger losers…

So why is it that I work twice as hard at exercising as my husband and eat much less and he can lose twice as much weight in a shorter amount of time?

It sucks!

Although I am truly happy for him that he’s lost a few pounds, deep down it kind of makes me angry and sad…and a little disappointed. I work my little (okay, it’s not that little) tushy off and he hardly moves a muscle. It’s so not fair. But, I may have found out why.

I was searching on the WW (Weight Watchers) Web site awhile back and found an article titled, "Why men lose faster than women." So, it is true!

The article stated that men have two weight loss advantages over women – their body composition and the fact that men tend to be more active. What? Are you kidding me? More active? I completely disagree on that. In a month’s time, I exercised twice as many days as my husband and for twice as long. He usually exercises for 30 minutes at a time and I usually do about an hour. We have a Wii Fit and that keeps track of how many days you exercise and how many hours you exercise. I totally smoked him! Yes, there is a little bit of competitiveness between us. Well, on my end anyway!

Because men are able to burn more calories at a faster rate while they are resting and they burn more calories while they are active, this apparently translates into faster weight loss for guys. Whatever! It’s so not fair. Men have it so easy.

I also read, however, that women have a little bit of an edge when it comes to diet and exercise – we tend to more attentive to what’s going on with our weight…as in we can tell when our clothes are too tight and we maybe shouldn’t have eaten that whole container of ice cream. The article also said that women are better able to make the connection between food and emotions. Oh, I get it. Emotions and food. When I am happy, I eat. When I am sad, I eat. When I am moody, I eat. When I am frustrated, I eat. When I am bored, I eat. Yep, I get it….no matter what emotion I am feeling, I connect by eating. I guess that makes sense.

So after reading the entire article, I wasn’t feeling the best. A few days later, my husband comes to me with a newspaper article, "Is is easier for men to avoid tempting food?" Are you serious? I give up! I didn’t even read it….yet.

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The feeling of being full

Why do we have days that no matter what we eat, we can’t get full?

Today was one of those days. Not sure if it’s because it is the start of "that time" or what, but no matter what I ate today, I couldn’t get full. I ate breakfast, which I do every morning as soon as I wake up. Not sure if that’s out of habit or because of hunger. I ate my usual of my all-time favorite yogurt – Yoplait Thick and Creamy Light French Vanilla – and a granola bar. Today’s bar was Fiber One’s Apple and Oatmeal or something like that. I usually eat a Kashi granola bar, but we were out of them.

Then the rest of the day went like this….banana at about 10 a.m, then lunch at around noonish that consisted of healthy portions of stir fry, white rice, fruit and salad (I had a noon meeting and this was on the menu for lunch!) and then as the afternoon rolled around, I ate two oranges, then a cookie, then another cookie. Still hungry. Then it was on to supper, which consisted of grilled steak, potatoes and carrots. And now, as I type this, my stomach is growling and I just finished eating my supper not more than an hour ago. When I finish with this, I will eat a couple pieces of toast with some peanut butter. 

During this healthy lifestyle change that I am going through, I am trying to pay more attention to the foods I eat and choose ones that WW has deemed as "filling foods." Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t.

I try to drink a lot of water between meals and even right before my meal to help fill me up. This usually works, but today it didn’t. All it did today was make me a little water logged.

Maybe tomorrow will be better and maybe tomorrow…..I will exercise. I haven’t done a lick of exercise for about a week now. I know I have too and I know I need to. I just haven’t.

 

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