Skinny Saturday

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We are 8 weeks into 2014.

What does that mean to you?

For me, it means we’re past the excitement and novelty of the New Year, and it’s time for me to evaluate how I’m doing on the goals I set at the beginning of the year. This year, the goal I set was to simply relax about food and eating. I want to find a way to not let food be a controlling factor in my life– be in in the form of extreme dieting or extreme eating.

I want to enjoy food, I want food to nourish my body, and I want food to energize me. I also want it to be something I continue to enjoy crafting, creating, and displaying for blog projects.

But I do not want food to:

  • be my friend or my enemy
  • be my comforter
  • help me pass the time
  • be a punishment or reward
  • be the center of a social experience (including time with my husband)
  • be something I am deprived of and long for
  • be a barrier between me and a good day

So far in 2014…

I’m doing okay. I have good days and bad days, but overall: I’m doing okay.

I still have pretty serious weight loss goals, because my body isn’t at a healthy weight– I can recognize that. But I’m okay with losing it VERY slowly, or possibly not even at all this year.

This year is more about recovering from 2013– I lost and gained 20 lbs TWICE, which isn’t good for your body (especially your heart). The dangers of drastic weight loss and gain happening so quickly and close together are real. My stomach lining, a couple of joints, and my self-image were all casualties in last year’s yo-yo extravaganza, and they need time to heal.

Whole grains, leafy greens, enough sleep, a decrease in fats and sugar consumption, and plenty of low impact strengthening exercises. That’s the game plan. And so far, so good. I’ve got the sugar, fat, exercise, and whole grains pretty under control. There’s quite a bit of room for improvement in the sleep and leafy greens departments– but I suppose that’s what the remaining 44 weeks of the year are for, right?

I’m still loving the Simply Filling plan from WW.

I haven’t made this an official goal for this year, mostly because I don’t want to set myself up to fail. But I’d love to see myself stick to ONE eating plan this year. Just one. Last year I went through low carb, hCG, WW Points Plus, Classic WW points, calorie counting, juice only,  annnnnnnnnnnnnd, of course: just not trying at all.

But there’s something about the Simply Filling plan that I am loving: it’s totally sustainable.

I know I’ve already told you about the plan and how I’m making it work for me, so I won’t bore you with those details again. But I have made one change since that post. At the start of this year, I decided to allow myself two treat days each week, and I was working that into the Simply Filling plan (which allows for 49 points per week of “non-plan” foods).
However, I discovered that it was leading to MAJOR binging. I allowed myself to feel somewhat deprived 5 days a week, know that I was “allowed” to eat whatever I wanted on treat days. I would buy crazy treats at the store throughout the week (that I normally wouldn’t have eaten anyway) and save them to eat on my treat days. By the time Thursday or Sunday rolled around, I had piles of candy bars and snack cakes piled high on my dresser. And I’d eat them all in that day, on point of principal really. I was exceeding (by a lot) my weekly limit of 49 points allowed on the Simply Filling plan.

But worse: I was perpetuating the exact behavior (deprivation/binge) I was trying so hard to overcome.

So I’ve made a move to eating 7 treat points per day (as WW suggests). Interestingly enough… it’s working out. With 7 points a day, I easily get in a great treat each day that I really enjoy. I still have the freedom at the grocery store checkout to buy a candy bar if I want. Or I can grab frozen yogurt with Emma and enjoy the toppings I like. Or I can have a bowl of ice cream in front of the TV at night. There is so much more flexibility in 7 points than I thought there would be.

And as a result: I haven’t felt deprived. And my weight is starting to budge. Which is cool too.

I’m considering starting a second blog.

Is that crazy?

It is. I know it is.

But I’m really loving this Simply Filling plan, and I’d like a platform totally dedicated to telling other people about it– with recipes, of course.

It would be simple– not even a fraction of the time dedication I give to this blog.

It’s just a thought that I’m floating out there… I’d like to actually live the plan for a few months before I start preaching it to people, so it wouldn’t be happening anytime in the immediate future.

Thoughts?

A boring post…

I know this has been a boring post. If you’ve made it through to the end here, I’m impressed.

But the fact that this has been boring and uneventful is a great thing. It means nothing extreme is happening to my body or in my mind. And, honestly, I could live with some boring this year. Especially if it means I’m feeling a stable and on the mend.

So… I’ll take boring. Yes, I will.

Happy Saturday, y’all!

 

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Comments

  1. Katherine says:

    I would love to read your blog thoughts on the WW Simply Filling Plan because I too TRY to stay on it but fall off more times than not because of lack of recipes. I’ll be looking forward to see what you come up with.
    Thanks.

  2. Shannon says:

    I wish you the best of luck in finding a healthy balance for yourself. I enjoy your blog and appreciate the time that you put into creating excellent recipes for all of us to recreate and share with those that we love.

  3. Thank you! I didn’t find this part boring at all, but inspiring and insightful

  4. Not a boring post @ all, in fact, just what I was looking for. I suffer from sugar addiction. After eating an entire big bag of M&Ms in a day, I decided I needed to do something. I wasn’t able to face starting a whole new diet, so I decided I was just going to give up sugar. It’s been 11 days so far. Not easy. I did eat a small piece of cake a week ago, because a party was given in my name, and I felt I had to eat a piece to be polite. I have done the WW “simply filling ” plan on-and-off for a few years. It’s a good program, and so much easier than counting all those points. I am a lifetime member, having lost and gained many # over the years. So thank you for this post. I needed it today.

  5. Charlotte Moore says:

    I am a lifetime member of WW. I am so disgusted with my weight though. I have never tried the Simply Filling. Maybe I should check it out.

  6. Kristen Kipp says:

    I love your goals and look forward to following along with your recipes and thoughts.

  7. First of all, these posts are not boring, not at all. I love hearing about all of it. You’re doing amazing self-discovery and making amazing progress (I’m jealous!) and it’s so inspiring. As for a second blog, I do think you’re crazy (ha!) but I totally get it. We live double lives: posting the most sugary sweet delicious over the top things we can…and then we talk about being healthy and try to live that way. So I actually love that idea, and I think it would be a great resource!! xo
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  8. I think we have all struggled with balance, I know I have and I find it hard not to let my emotions get the best of me as I tend to be an emotional eater. I’m rooting for you to find the perfect balance and I wish you much success on your new blog. I can’t wait to read it. ‘

  9. Not a boring post! I’m entering week 2 of ww simple start and this is exactly what I needed to read. I’ve struggled with my relationship with food and all your thoughts hit home for me. Thanks so much!

  10. Weekends are the very worst for me. Because my Saturday usually starts with a long run, I end up letting myself justify a little more this, a little more that…. and soon anything goes, Sunday night/Monday morning comes, and I just feel terrible. “Treat days” and the like are hard to keep control over for us sugar-addicted folks, for sure. I am currently trying to figure out a good way to balance my whole week and avoid that binge tendency on the weekends or other special occasions. It’s a continuous learning process. We’ll get there. Oh, and I am sure there are tons of people out there who would appreciate your other blog idea if you decide to go through with it. :)

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