Things are going well. I’ve been much less greedy about my potions lately and am still feeling a satisfied, balanced full at the end of most meals. I had leftover stew for lunch today. I didn’t finish it all. But really, I didn’t crave stew. I don’t even like it that much, but I had leftovers and it was handy to take to work. Now that I think about it, many of my lunches are unexciting but portable. Tomorrow I will make something more appealing. Perhaps salmon salad.
I had a very satisfying dinner tonight. I made two fried eggs and added pineapple salsa and guacamole with rice crackers to soak up the yolk. Fantastic. But I was very hungry, so I ate a handful of kettle chips as well, and finished the meal with dark chocolate. I feel very good.
I read the 3FC forum again today, like most days. People are so wonderful and supportive there. I am, however, struck by the very black and white thinking many have. Counting every calorie, every carb, every fat gram, every second of exercise, ever planning the next meal. And it does work. Many reach their goals very quickly. MUCH more quickly than my progress.
But many reach success, only to fail at maintenance and return to the forum a year or two later, sometimes weighing even more than when they started. A select few have maintained for years, but it seems the majority of posters disappear into oblivion.
I read a CNN article the other day talking about Weight Watchers’s new Points Plus program that will revamp the points allocations. Many many WW followers posted about their successes with WW over the years. But I was again struck by the number of people who fell off the wagon. Many touted its ease and success by telling about how many times they lost the same 50lbs after going off plan. “It’s a lifestyle,” they say, but it seems that many, many “lifetime members” are really just on a WW merry-go-round.
I don’t mean to knock WW. It worked fantastically for me ten years ago. I lost 40 lbs and it was the first time since elementary school that my scale read 147. But, like most of the other posters, I went off plan and gained most of it back. I didn’t like counting everything and eating bland foods like diet bread and egg whites at the end of the day to keep from going over my point limit. Reading over the success responses, I almost wanted to rejoin WW. But really, I know that history would only repeat itself.
I guess it makes me thankful for IE. I don’t believe IE would work for every person, but I am thankful for the measure of success I have had with it. It has been nearly a year and I am maintaining a healthy weight. I can eat whatever my husband or family is eating without excuses or hurt feelings or special requests. I take life as it comes and enjoy the foods I love without remorse. My husband and I have always bonded over good food, and we can continue to do that. I do sometimes struggle with portions, but that is a struggle for dieters and non-dieters alike in this culture.
I am tired and am beginning to ramble. But, it was a good day. A day worth remembering.