Thursday Thoughts, October 25th
Happy Friday eve friends! I hope everyone is having a great week thus far! Watching one of the YouTubers that I follow brought something up that I've been thinking about a lot. As I've mentioned before, I've been on this weight loss journey for a bit. I sometimes get frustrated and go off plan, but I really think that a lot of it has to do with the fact that I had a "diet" mentality. It was more about "let's get this weight off" mode and do whatever it takes to get me there. I ate the fat free and sugar free foods without any regard to what that might do to my body. I never stopped to think what they might be putting in there to substitute for the lack of fat or lack of sugar. For me, the sugar free part was one of the first things to go. My Mom had a major reaction to Splenda (a/k/a Sucralose). She broke out in what can only really be described as big hives. She could barely wear clothes during that time because it was so painful. After some research, we figured out what the problem was and removed all of it from our houses. Not being a fan of the other sugar substitutes and concerned about what reactions those might cause, we made the decision to move back to sugar but to limit our consumption. Have I mentioned my oldest son was a big fan of Susan Powter? After repeatedly being forced to watch Susan Powter's trip around the grocery store and hearing my son mimic her by saying "read the label, read the label". I finally listened and started reading the labels. Unfortunately for me, I did it for a period of time and then stopped. That is definitely one of those things that has come back for me. I try to limit my processed foods. I have the occasional tortillas or wraps, but for the most part, I try to limit those overall.
Here's the thing I realized, until recently WW was full of the processed and sugar free and fat free foods. There were a ton of processed foods that had Splenda or Equal (a/k/a Aspartame) in it. I know not everyone is happy with the changes that WW has made (past and present), but I have to say that I am pleased. I have struggled with the foods that I'm eating, but made the decision after some additional research that I would take the point hit for things like butter or honey or sugar, etc. On occasion, I will have real Maple syrup and I track it. I find that I am more satisfied in the end. I know I can't be the only person that struggles with what to feed my family and myself. We deserve to eat good food and not put a lot of junk in our bodies. I won't say I never have processed foods, but it is more rare. I pick and choose what I put in my body. If we're having a high point dinner, then I plan for it. I eat lower point foods earlier in the day so I can have it. I love the freedom that WW gives me. I know that I can have pizza with the family or grilled cheese and soup or even a burger, if I just plan for it. It's been a process this time and the weight loss is slow. I truly feel like my mindset is changing. I'm enjoying the things that I truly want to eat, but still finding a way to live life. I think that is what this journey is about for each of us. Here's the thing, I don't want to feel deprived for the rest of my life. I want to figure out how to make the plan work for me. Leaving out an entire group of foods, doesn't work for me because that's the only thing I want. Learning portion control and track what I eat has been very important on this journey. I know that the way I live, the way I choose to walk down this road of weight loss and my journey to health may not be the same as yours, but I know I can not be the only person eating avocado or olives or butter or real Maple Syrup. I hope that however you are working your journey that you are successful. Whether or not I agree with the direction you take on your journey, I won't compare myself to you or be jealous of your success. Instead I will choose to celebrate with you and keep on trucking with my own journey. Wishing you a healthy future!