I’m not doing the Weight Watchers thing any more, haven’t been for quite some time now. I was getting nowhere, making myself miserable and ending up binge eating on a fairly regular basis. Since I stopped dieting (and make no mistake about it, Weight Watchers is a diet) my weight has stayed stable, my binging has drastically reduced (I still have the occasional episode if I’m feeling really down) and I’m feeling pretty much OK about myself.
I had blood tests done a few weeks ago and all the numbers came back good except my cholesterol. Which isn’t particularly surprising given that my fairly slim mother and average sized sister also have high cholesterol. What really pleased me was that my iron levels were good. I’ve been pretty anaemic for a long time because of my B12 deficiency problems (pernicious anaemia to be precise) so apparently eating what my body asks for rather than “what I should be eating” is a good thing in that department. The cholesterol issue though, well, when it was measured about a year ago it was significantly lower. And I know why. That was back when I’d been diligently avoiding saturated fats for a fairly long stretch of time. So clearly there is something I can and should do about that.
Here’s what I figure I need to do:
- No takeaway food! – Meal planning is the answer to this one, when I have a plan the groceries get bought and the cooking gets done even when I’m not at my best. There’s something about not having to make a decision that makes all the difference. I’ve been posting my dinner plans here occasionally and I’ll do that each week plus I’ll make sure I keep the pantry and fridge stocked with a good selection of breakfast and lunch options so I’m not tempted to drop in at Maccas instead of coming home and making something.
- Make sure I’m getting my 2 fruit and 5 veg a day – This happens best when I track my eating, I won’t be counting points, agonising over whether something is core plan or not, or worrying about portion sizes, I’ll just be writing it all down at the end of each day as a reminder to myself to fuel my body properly.
- Avoid saturated fats like the plague – this is mostly addressed by the no takeaway point, apart from that, the main thing is I need to give up butter again (stop pretending I’m buying it for baking and then using it on my toast :P), pretty much everything else I buy is ok already.
- And finally, lots of walking – Clara should be pleased about this 🙂
For now I don’t really care whether or not I end up losing weight, I just want to see that cholesterol reading heading down again. I like the way I feel when I’ve been eating well and exercising regularly but I don’t like the stress and pressure I feel when I’m constantly calculating points and having to assess every bite I put in my mouth, I just can’t keep that up for too long and when I cave I binge. And that really sucks. Not going there any more. Just not. Luckily, eating well and exercising don’t depend on doing the other!