Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Good News... of sorts!

It has now been 3 weeks on Simply Filling Technique, and I am spreading the news with Billy Graham-like fervor. I was up ever so slightly (0.4 pounds; Oh woe is me....), but really, 8 pounds over 3 weeks is wonderful.

I'm honestly amazed that it took me so long to try this method. It's really far easier than I expected it to be. And it's made me really stop and think, "Do I want that?" I find that a lot of times, the answer is "No, I'm not willing to use that many points for that." Anyway, the evangelistic zeal comes from hearing other people say, "I don't know how I can break this rut I'm in....." I have recommended it now to a couple of fellow Lifetimers who mentioned to me that they were stuck or had gone up despite all their best efforts. So I'm really hoping that they try it, and that it works just as well for them.

I'm doing SFT again this week with a special twist: business travel. I will be leaving Tuesday afternoon for Chicago for some training, and that presents some interesting challenges. Dinners out, lunches catered in, etc. So I am hoarding my points right now (ha ha) in order to have some flexibility this week. The other challenge is doing my normal workouts..... those may have to take a week off and I would just do some extra cardio instead. Bummer!!! Maybe the hotels will have some free weights to use (most just have a treadmill or two).

Here's to a great rest of the week!!!! Make it awesome!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Did it purely by accident....

I followed the Simply Filling Technique for another week. I didn't really intend to, it just sort of fell that way ..... and I'm SO glad I did!!! I lost another 3 pounds this week. Ho. Lee. Molee. I am jazzed!!!

This week, I am going to purposefully follow SFT for one more week. The next week, we'll see, since I will be out of town for a training session. It might actually work to my advantage to do Simply Filling that week as well, now that I ponder it.

I wonder if it's the lack of stress from not having to worry about the point value of every little item, of not necessarily having to wonder about the measurements & weights ("okay, was that 3 oz of chicken or 4 from the restaurant ... oh drat!"). Yes, my food choices are a little more limited -- in the sense that I have to track the points if they're not on the Filling Foods list. But that makes me a little more cautious. With the regular Momentum plan, I could justify a splurge by saying, "Oh, I'll just use some of my extra weekly points allowance." Now, it's like, "Do I really want to spend any of my 35 points on THAT?"

Now granted, this week, most of the points I used were on cereal (12 of the 35) and on International Delight creamer for my coffee (4 more). Nearly half the points on two items? EEK. But the cereals I love most aren't Filling Foods .... I had a discussion with someone on that today, and I personally lean to the opinion that uh, yeah. These really ought to be Filling Foods, but I don't make the rules. Kashi GoLean regular, yes. Froot Loops, no...... hello.

Wow! I'm really enjoying using the SFT; I can see myself using it more and more often! So thanks Tisha for the great advice!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Just in awe!!

So what did a week of Simply Filling Technique get me? TRY 5.2 POUNDS DOWN.

One word: Halle-freakin-lujah! For the first time in a while, I'm actually below my goal weight. I'm so happy I could just about cry.

But really -- what it got me was yet another alternative. I still have 11 points to spend for the week (ending tonight, that is), but I doubt I'll use more than one or two tonight. I can actually see myself doing Simply Filling for a week at a time, maybe not every week but rotating a week in once or twice a month. Or having maybe 4 days a week when I follow SFT more than Points.

Now in a method that I definitely don't suggest adopting, I actually did this week of SFT with minimal planning. Bought enough fruits, frozen veggies, fresh veggies, and lean meats for a few meals, but I found ways to make it all work well. It was yesterday before I actually used rice or pasta as part of a meal! I thought at first those would be staples, and HOW was I only supposed to have it once and then later sacrifice the points. Nope - I shocked myself!

SFT forced me to be a little more cautious and a little more creative -- not that this is a bad thing!!! So I am going to consult my Clean Eating magazines a little more often, and the Nutrition Action Healthletter from CSPI - they have clean recipes in there as well. I just wish that e-Tools had a way to say, "Yep! That meets our definition for something that would work with SFT!"

I like this alternative -- a lot. If you haven't tried it before, what's one week out of your journey to give it a go? You might surprise yourself; I know I did!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How's it going so far?

I'm actually kind of amazed. Today was Day 5 of the Simply Filling Technique experiment, and I am pleasantly surprised at how well I've done (Lord, don't let me jinx it by saying that....). No, I've stuck mainly to lean meats, fruits and veggies. Haven't even done brown rice or whole wheat pasta (though I did cook up some rice last night for Maddox's upset tummy). Having only 35 points for the whole week's made me pretty stingy about using them! So far, I have used just 13 -- and it's been on things like salad dressing or bread.

The one thing that has been difficult is making recipes unless they're specifically from WW cookbooks and marked as either "Simply Filling" or "Core" (from the old books). I would love to be able to use the Recipe Builder and have it tell me "Yes, this is SF-friendly" or "Mm, sorry, that's X points." I guess it's when the majority of ingredients are SF, then it counts, but really, I don't have time (right now) to get out my very favorites, compare them to a list, etc.

But, on a high note, if you do SF and are looking for an easy, YUMMY recipe: get the "Healthy Cooking Basics" from your meeting room, and go for the Grilled Chicken and Tomato-Zucchini Salad. Oh. It is SOOOO good ..... even the other members of my family loved it. It's simple but very tasty! (Matter of fact, I'm signing off now to go make more of the TZS).

I can say this so far: don't know if I could do this all the time, but I can definitely see myself incorporating more of it into my routine! And a big thanks to my leader Tisha for suggesting that I do this!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Physician, Heal Thyself

Here's the short story – up a little but with a good explanation: department luncheon meeting 2 hours before weigh-in. So it was an unofficial weigh-in; official one this weekend. And to try to do something different to get this weight down, I’m trying the Simply Filling Technique for a week – no tracking except for the non-filling foods I choose. For portion control, I will eat until I am satisfied – note: this doesn’t mean full as a tick or stuffed … it means, I could eat more but I’m good where I am.

Now for the deeper thoughts ….. At my job, each morning I run a computer routine that triggers part of what I do in purchasing. This morning, it ran veerrrrrryyyy sssslllloooooowwwwwwly. While I was waiting on it to chug along, I visited WW e-Tools for more information on Simply Filling. In following one link, I saw a messageboard post from someone who is struggling with the idea of loving a “defective” body (she has some health issues and my heart really hurt for her…). And I can relate to some degree, so I took a moment to respond.

Regular readers know that lately, I can’t seem to figure out why, after all these years, my body is in rebellion. It has decided that all the hard work I’ve put in is nice, but it has its own agenda apparently. This was part of what I wrote to the other poster:

{snip} So I lose all this weight and now while I'm in much improved condition, my body is somehow not with the program. I'm seeking answers myself for some things and feel like I'm spinning my wheels. It is so frustrating .... but then I think this: I'm alive and moving. I could be dead.

I'm a few years older. My body is not the amazing factory-new machine it was a few years ago. I've put a few more hundred-thousand miles on it. Changed up the chassis and cleaned out the engine, but most of the original parts are still there and now have at least 40 years wear on them. I didn't do myself any favors for abusing my body for 25+ years. Losing all the weight doesn't mean I live happily ever after. It means I live a lot longer with better skills and decision-making ideas. If there's something medical going on, I go in armed with information, and work with the doctors to figure it out. I have to learn to make peace with my body.

I don't have all the answers. I'm also learning to love my body, flaws and all. I'll have moments when I get down and discouraged - I'll rage at the heavens and pound the earth with my fist and throw a big ol' hissy fit. But then I will think how lucky I am to be moving and raging and learning and growing-as-I'm-shrinking...... and that is a beautiful moment indeed.

Physician, heal thyself. I struggle with the unexplained weight spike that’s been going on since February. I struggle with hormonal issues and possible repercussions throughout in my endocrine system (and the rest of my body). The body is amazing in its complexities and how every system interacts with each other….. it both awes me and frustrates me.

But I am alive. I am moving. I am breathing. I am reasoning and thinking, and my mind is still fairly sharp (no comments from the peanut gallery). My body is older but it moves and reacts in ways it never could have even 5 years ago or 10 years ago, when I was younger and supposedly in better condition. Looking back, I realize that I was playing Russian roulette, spinning that chamber and grinning each time there was a click and no bullet. What was I thinking back then, that I had some sort of semi-charmed life? I think that's what I need to focus more on -- the gratitude for what I have and less of the "what the Hades is WRONG with me?"


PS: So far so good with the Simply Filling. Yes I realize I'm only 2 meals and one snack into it, but it's been interesting so far. Right at this very second I am mentally craving something sweet, but my stomach tells me I don't really need it. Listening to my mind might be a terrible thing for my waist! :)