Starting the Re-run
Monday, September 23, 2019
So I’ve been logging my food for a full week now. Over half of the days I have managed to stay within my goals (for the most part). I feel fairly successful on that, but I am a perfectionist so I will continue to dial it in. I’ve been on and off Spark People since 2008, mostly off since 2010. In 2014 I came back and revised my profile and started logging about 3 days a week but I didn’t stick with it. In addition to being a perfection-striving individual, I also can’t “sort of” do something. So daily logging it is for me.
The first time out of the gate I followed a plan that turned out to be a movement of which I was unaware at the time. I didn’t learn until 2011 when I interviewed at the local Y to be a Lifestyle Coach, that what I had done to lose weight and get fit mirrored (exactly) the outline of the highly studied and meticulously designed Diabetes Prevention Program. I never heard of it. And it was so incredibly successful for me that I am going to take the same approach. Here are the steps in order (in a nut-shell):
• Log everything you eat, and make adjustments as needed – I use the SP Tracking tool
• Check-in regularly with your cohort – that’s you folks that I blog for and whose blogs I follow. I am also loosely checking in with a co-worker who also was a DPP Lifestyle Coach
• Start exercising – I let my Fit Bit do the tracking and I sync it to SP. Tomorrow I begin (will I though?)
• Take progress pictures
• Enjoy the “fruits” of my labor
• Repeat all of the above
I really enjoy the blogging and honestly, I enjoy logging my food. I know most folks dread it but I kind of see it as a puzzle. What can I remove to reach my macro-nutrient goals and still enjoy my meals? What do I still need to add? So far I haven’t really restricted myself with the exception of eating without purpose. You know, the mindless eating just because it’s there. I ask myself if I’m hungry, or if it is time for my (planned) meal. I am loosely planning my meals ahead. I love left-over’s so I intentionally cook up large meals then pre-portion them for my lunches. I am using a scale, measuring spoons and cups. I have a few go-to foods that I know are good bang for the buck like oven-roasted turkey breast and Greek yogurt, among others.
Tomorrow, though, I’m going to hit the gym. Probably not too crazy, a little cardio, a few weights and some stretching. Nothing too intense, just moving and feeling my body move – with purpose. I’ll let you know how it goes!