February 19, 2009
So! I’m finally getting my butt back in gear and writing another post in my little weight-loss series.
Before I proceed, I thought I’d give you an update on my own weight status. It’s been a month since I officially reached my goal of 120 pounds (which was 11 pounds lost from Thanksgiving to January) I also stopped tracking my daily food intake, just to see if I could keep the weight off and do it ‘on my own’. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been very careful with what I eat every day. Mostly on the weekends- we’ve had a lot of family get-togethers and dinners out lately, and it’s always hard to eat right during those things. But, I’m happy to report that I haven’t gained anything back! I haven’t lost any more (I’ve been fluctuating between 118 and 120, which is pretty normal) but I’m still holding steady without the daily check of entering my food. So yay for that! And yay for needing to go shopping for shorts for the spring, because I HAVE NONE THAT FIT. They are all too big!
On to the advice!
Today’s Topic: Drink more water!
The first week of Weight Watchers- or any lifestyle change involving cutting back on food- is KILLER. Especially if you’re like me and you were previously eating enough for a Steelers linebacker (you know, the Steelers? From SIX-BURGH?) Which, I guess eating like a linebacker isn’t bad… if you’re actually, you know, a linebacker. But if you’re 5’3″ and only supposed to weigh 115-125, then maybe you shouldn’t be eating 3,000 calories a day, you think? So cutting those calories (or Points, as WW calls them) in half can make you cranky and hungry.
So what do you do? Somehow, you have to trick your body into not feeling hungry. Just for a little while, during that adjustment phase until things even out for you. When I really paid attention to how I was feeling, I realized that I wasn’t hungry in the sense that I was shaky and weak and had low blood sugar (because I do get that way, on occasion.) My stomach simply felt empty. And my brain said EAT EAT EAT.
Instead, I filled my stomach with water. Which is zero points! Plus, there are so many other benefits to water. It helps flush your body of toxins, which can make your skin and hair appear healthier, and it can give you more energy too. The end goal of any weight loss plan is yes, to lose pounds- but also to be healthier. Water helps with all of that.
The hardest time of day for me, hunger-wise, is late afternoon (3-5pm, right smack between lunch and dinner, PRIME snacking time!) and in the evenings before bed, usually 9 or 10pm. And of course at night after dinner when I’m hungry, I’m not looking for something healthy like a banana or a carrot. I want sugar and salt and fat and lots of it. Getting over that was tough. The first week I drank so much water and peed so often, I felt like I was 9 months pregnant again. But slowly- after about 7 or 8 days- I started not feeling so hungry during those times.
The idea was to fill my body with something else in place of high-calorie, high-fat snacks. Late-afternoon snacking is where I always load up on points, and then by dinner time I’m all, mmm, this piece of lettuce is DIVINE. What a great dinner! because that’s all the points I have left for the day. Most of it was mental, really. I just had to decide, hey, DRINK SOME WATER instead of (insert delicious but calorie-packed snack here).
Now, I know not everyone likes water. Me, I love it. I’ve been addicted to the stuff since college (yeah I know, I’m Hard Core. heh) I have never tried them myself, but I have heard quite a few people sing the praises of those fancy flavored waters. Still no points, but not as boring as water (if you consider water boring, which I don’t, actually)
For me, drinking lots of water is just a matter of habit. I try to always have a glass of fresh water nearby- on the desk, on the end table (away from curious toddler hands, of course!) and I never leave the house without my travel mug. If I forget to bring my travel mug, oh man do I feel lost and naked. I’ll keep reaching down to the cup holder at stop lights and DANG IT WHERE’S MY CUP OF WATER?
Water. H2O, baby. Drink it. Love it. It will help you! Promise.