Doing The Leg Work

A few days have passed since my last post and I have already missed writing on this blog. Writing is such an essential part of who I am that I feel insane without it. Sometimes, I feel insane with it but that is a different story 😀 Anyway, I am back Weight Watchers and counting my points. Since I started again on Tuesday, I have a had a couple of realizati0ns that I’d like to share with you. These little moments of clarity are what this road to being healthy and fit is all about.

I officially started counting points again on Tuesday. It was then that a little light bulb went off about a continual pattern in my choices with weight watchers. I start on flex, don’t really mind counting the points but start to think that following the SFT (core) will make my life easier. I do choose from the filling foods list after-all so why should I need to worry with counting. Well, now I know why I should worry with counting. It seems to me that there is something about the logging into my tracker and tracking the points that keeps me OP (on plan). Each and every time, except my first go round, of not counting, my mind starts to tell me that I really don’t need to worry about tracking or counting anything. Next thing I know, I am eating (uncounted) pizza and buffalo wings.

That realization led me to the second one. What would happen if I made the pizza and the buffalo wings part of my plan? What if I ate them within my points budget instead of automatically hitting the panic button and going crazy on it?  This got me thinking about legalizing foods and I am of the mindset that no foods should be off limits and that we have to make all foods legal in order to be successful. But, I haven’t really been doing that. My RD, plenty of books and most of the people I know that have successfully kept off their weight have told me this. In certain arenas of my life, I have legalized my “trigger foods”. I can keep nutella in my house now and rarely binge on it. I did that by buying a boatload of jars and keeping them in my house at all times. Doing that took the glamour away from it. Don’t get me wrong, when my mind wants to binge, nutella is still the first place it goes but binging just because it is there no longer happens. And if we are being honest about it, for me, trigger foods and binging don’t always go hand in hand. If I “need” to binge, I can do it on grapes if I have to.

So, I know that the legalizing thing works but I’ve never done the leg work of legalizing eating out . I have a few safe places like Ukrop’s or Panera but in most cases, eating out is a big bad scary wolf to me. I fear it and typically overeat like there is no tomorrow when I go to certain types of places. The main culprits are Uno’s Chicago Grill, Mexican food, Italian food and any sort of unplanned dinner out. I always do the same thing, order everything I want, eat it all, order dessert, eat it all and leave feeling sick and miserable. So, how do I legalize it? What if I plan for it? Hmmm….who’d a thought?

With that in mind, I talked to the DH and he has agreed to help me with legalizing eating out. In honor of that, tonight, we are going to Uno’s for pizza. I went online, scoped out the menu and have learned the points value of my favorites. Sure, I have gone to the Uno’s site in the past but have only ever looked at the NI of the foods that I perceive as healthy. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I can have flat-bread pizza and my favorite Gorgonzola walnut side salad for a less than shocking number of points. If I want the deep dish pizza, it is a few more but nothing that a sweaty workout can’t make up for. Who knew? Next weekend, we shall venture to our favorite Mexican establishment.

I’m not sure why these things have never dawned on me before but I feel like I am one step closer to my goals now. I feel like if I keep on keepin’ on with the points and learn to eat at my triggering restaurants, I will have won a beautiful part of the battle. I think that one day, I will get to a place that counting isn’t necessary and that I can walk into a hole in the wall Italian joint without panic in my gut. I just have to do the leg work first.


4 responses to this post.

  1. What an awesome post 🙂 I’m excited to hear about your dinner at Unos! It’s always surprising to find out the NI for some foods that you thought would be worse. And planning is so helpful!


  2. Posted by Kellie on June 19, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Yeah yeah! :0) I am so happy you are blogging again! Your “whatiateyesterday” was the first blog I ever read! Now I am IN LOVE with blogs…. LOL…. who needs books??? :0) (just kidding… I need books) I know you will find your way (or “weigh”) on your journey to a healthier and happier you!

    p.s. will send the $ by paypal this evening or tomorrow morning for my fab new earrings…. can’t wait!


  3. Posted by MelanieF on June 20, 2009 at 12:06 am

    I stumbled on your website by “accident”. I see myself so much in you. I’ve been battling binge eating ever since my parents first put me on a diet at the age of 10 or 11. That’s when my dysfuntionnal relationship with food started. Like you, I would hide foods in my room because I was never aloud to eat what I wanted. I did a lot of diets. Some with success and some with no success at all.

    At the beginning of the year, I started the Weight Watchers points system. I was loving it. I lost 17 pounds on it. Then, 3 months later, everything started to fall apart. Too much stress in my life took over me. I wasn’t counting anymore or logging what I ate. I started to exercise less and less and I’ve found that weighing myself every week was too stressful.

    Then, a month or 2 ago, I started logging my foods on Everything was going great for a while. Then I had very stressful moments in my life and everything started going downhill from there.

    Every time stress comes in, I start to eat uncontrolably again.

    I no longer count or log what I eat. I haven’t really been exercising all that much either. I gained back 5 pounds of the 17 pounds I lost. I am so tired of battling with my weight and my binging. I wish it could all stop. I wish I could be like the successful weight loss stories. But, I guess not for now.

    I just want to say that I can relate so much to what you’re going trought. I wish you, all the best!!!

    Melanie from Canada


  4. I swear, it’s like you’re in my head! These are some of the exact issues I’ve been dealing with.

    It really does help to work in stuff you’re craving — and like you discovered, the points hit isn’t always as horrible as you imagined. And it’s usually a lot less if you plan for it rather than binge on it out of guilt.


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