The art of thinking differently
When we’re stuck on a problem or in a situation, sometimes all we need is another perspective. This new perspective can help us to come up with a new approach or solution.
That's what's going on here. I'm stuck and I'm using another set of eyes to look at my food tracker to help me tweak and refine my eating. I think they way my mind works is that I'm eating better than about 95% of American and but I'm stuck on the scale. So my trainer is looking at what I'm eating and giving my suggestions on what I need to do to reach the goals I want to reach.
Once again I'm looking to cut back on carbs and sugar. Again my mind I didn't think I was eating a lot of carbs because I'm gluten free and I don't eat pasta or breads or even rice or potatoes but I'm still getting in a lot of carbs/sugar. He kept saying I have to do away with my cookies. I racked my brain because I wasn't eating cookies. Then I remembered that I made Gluten Free Oatmeal Almond Cookies. I did make adjustments to the recipe
1 cup oats,
1/2 cup of nut or sun butter,
1/4 cup honey,
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Directions: Mix and roll into balls and refrigerate or freeze! Makes 16
90 calories, 10g carbs, 5g sugar
Hey I need something sweet so I will eat these once in a while instead of every day and 1-2 daily. I need to treat them like dessert.
My plan for the week is to continue to cut sugar & add in protein shakes mid-morning.
It's safe to say that I won't make it back to my goal by my birthday in 3 weeks . I'm ok with that because I'm learning more myself and what I need to do .
For the next 4 weeks I'll be working with my personal trainer to get me back into the swing of things after my shoulder injury but most importantly he will be helping me on the nutrition front. He told me that I should stay away from carbs in the morning and start eating them after noon and have the majority of my carbs at dinner. Well I've tried but I need to actually plan this one out to make it work.
I also reluctantly got my body fat measured and it was up like I thought it would be. Still within the normal range but 5% more than what I want it to be. My actual goal is bodyfat and not really what the scale says. So I need to get back down that 5% and I don't care if the scale never moves. Oh and my calorie target should be 1525. I'm going to do my best to stick to that.
That's where I am. Still trying to tweak the eating habits. My goal this week is to learn more about this reverse carb thinking and see if it's doable for me. I'm willing to try it since what I'm doing isn't working and I know that carbs is the make or break for me so I need to figure out how to use them or not use them to get to where I want to be.
So I've been in a self pity kinda state of mind. I finally decided to pull it together. I'm getting my head back in the game and doing what I said I was going to do. Stop focusing on the scale and focus on eating healthy. The one thing that I have been lax on is tracking what I eat. I little spoonful here and little handful there and I know that all adds up and adds up very quickly.
I have a goal in mind for next WI. I feel like I'm letting my Sparkies down and it's time to start pulling my weight.
This was a week of ups and ups and little downs but in the end I maintained. Must have been my massive workout yesterday. I'm ready to reboot and change things around. I'm finding that I'm not that hungry in the evenings as I used to be and I think I got into the habit of just eating because.
My new experiment will be to eat my carbs in the morning and after noon my carbs will come from beans, fruit and veggies. No bread or pasta or muffins. I will be increasing my protein intake. The easiest way I know to do that is to eat a double portion of meat. It's usually grilled chicken or lean ground turkey meat.
I'll see how this goes. I feel like my eating really hasn't been that bad so I don't understand why the scale isn't moving. But I'm starting to realize that at this point on my life I need to get rid of the scale. I am improving in other areas that make me feel amazing but then I hop on the scale and a puff all of that is out of the window because of a stupid number.
I'll be 41 in 26 days and I'm ready to not let the scale rule me. I said that when I turned 40 that was done with trying to lose weight and that I was just going to maintain whatever weight I was at that point. Well I'm making that declaration again. Would I like my tummy flatter? YES Would I like to be back under 150lb? YES but I would also like to stop obsessing over weight loss and just focus eating better (whole foods, clean eating) and getting fitter and stronger. How that translate on the scale won't matter to me as long as I'm improving and my body fat percentage healthy (target is 20%).
Well life got in the way this week. I got sick and then my son got that virus that's going around and ended up in the ER all day Monday. So gee that meant that we both only had breakfast and it was a while before I was able to get good. By the time we got home it was late and I still had to get up throughout the night to give him his breathing treatments. So the lack of sleep made my cold come back. I ate decent but I guess the lack of exercise brought the scale up.
Anyway, I was able to get a in a run yesterday and I'll be hitting the gym tonight. I've been going to physical therapy for my left shoulder and yesterday was my last appointment. She said that I can start lifting heavy again but to take it slow and the heavier the weight the lower the reps. I also have to give it 3 weeks and if I need to then I can come back. I'm going to work with my trainer because I don't want to re-injury myself. I'm also upping my runs so I know that will affect the scale but I will fight hard for it not to.
So I'm still pushing and I've set a weight goal of hitting 155bs next week. For me it's a lofty goal and I have to keep it in mind when I get hungry and want to snack.