Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Watching the weight - yet again

Looks like I've lost about 4 or 5 kilos in 4 weeks. On the Weight Watchers scale today they only had me down 100 g from last week but 4 kilos from 4 weeks ago (at home I was 5 kilos down). That group continues to be lively and funny and irreverent and loud, we always go over our time, it is one of my favorite times of the week and an absolute anchor for me. I say no to all kinds of pressing things I ought to be doing or am invited to do and make that meeting inviolable.

And yesterday I met a nutrition counselor, the partner of a friend of mine here, and learned all kinds of things about food and my body. Many things went parallel to Weight Watchers; things that were new to me or were things where I might need to try a new direction included: 
- he thinks I should have a day once in a while where I eat a lot more, so my body doesn't think I'm starving.
- I knew it was a problem to skip lunch or breakfast and I do not, my morning oatmeal with bananas and blueberries is sacred to me and my lunch of salad greens with peanuts (sometimes; half an ounce) or a hard-boiled egg (sometimes) and various chopped-up vegetables and a dressing of two teaspoons of olive oil is almost as sacred. But he seemed to think skipping SUPPER was a problem. That was new to me and I'm a little skeptical but I'm thinking about it. (Cynthia, whaddya think?) 
- he muchly encouraged me to eat more bread (???) or at any rate some kinds of grains. We'll see. I'll try. 

What I'm very very happy about is that for the last four weeks I have been very successful with the weight watching without making it the centerpoint of all conversations or even of my own psyche. I've been going to writing groups, meeting people to walk, entertaining visitors, having fun, working on projects . . . this is how I want to live, doing other things and having the weight watching almost manage itself along the edges.

Wish me luck, dearies. Post a comment about any of this?! 


Kimitchka said...

I would agree with the nutritionist, but have heard that you should stick to whole wheat products. Whole wheat bread, couscous, bulgur, quinoa etc. and moderate quantities. Wish I had your discipline!

hoping for better things said...

Kimi my dear, actually, he did totally recommend whole wheat. It's hard though because my family really doesn't like to eat those. (On the other hand, I'm already eating all different things from them . . . )

Interestingly, when I ate only whole grains for a while in the States when I was doing the Weight Watchers Core program where the kinds of food you have are more limited but the quantities not, I found there was only so much whole wheat pasta I could eat - couldn't actually finish the plate. That was a pretty new experience for me at that point!

Thanks for writing.