Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day 367 - It's about the food.

Yesterday at work, I was talking to Lisa about the new plan, her training me, and weight loss in general. I was telling her about one of the women in my WW group, Cheryl. Cheryl had a torn ACL (the Tom Brady injury) and she had to have surgery. She was very dedicated during 6-8 weeks where she couldn't do any physical activity at all. (She did go to physical therapy, but she couldn't exercise or workout aggressively.) The only thing she could do was watch what she ate, which she did, diligently. She journalled every bite, ate healthy, and guess what?

She lost weight every week. Every single week. Just by watching what she ate, journalling, and making good food choices.

And when she was physically able to come back to WW, she told us how this experience made her realize that it's not about the working out - it's about the food.

You see, every week, she lost at least a pound, or a little more. So that got me to thinking.

I really, REALLY have to stop indulging so much on the weekends. I just have to, end of story. And I know if I do that, I can hit One Derland as early as next week. But I'm not going to put a time on it like I did last time. I'll get there, I know I will, I just have to really focus on eating well.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying working out and being active isn't important. Of course it's important. Everyone should try to work out at least 5 days a week. Everyone can find an hour a day, or even 30 minutes a day to do something.

But it's about the food. Lisa said that no amount of exercise can wipe out a horrible diet. So it doesn't matter if you workout 2 hours a day if you're inhaling crappy food. You just can't work something like that off.

Think about that for a minute. If we all just made better food choices and watched what we ate, we'd all probably lose weight without even meaning to. It's about the food.

So this weekend, I'm going to watch what I eat and NOT throw caution to the wind. This weekend, it's going to be all about the food. As in, I'll eat healthy, and not scarf down chips. Or any other trigger foods.

Chew on this: What's one thing you can do differently this weekend that you normally wouldn't do because it is the weekend? (I'm talking foodwise, but if you have something else you could do differently, leave me a comment, because I'm like Curious George over here.) Let me know!

And with that said, I'm going to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.


  1. I TOTALLY agree with everything in this post. I am a binge eater (trying to not be!) and I just completed my 2nd half marathon-but gained 8lbs in the process. 'No amount of exercise rids of a bad diet' it.

  2. Aren't weekends the worst? Ugh. I have that problem too. I know one thing that would help me is to stop being so 'loose' with my journaling on the weekends. And no sweet tea too!

  3. Wow. I really sat up and took notice while reading this post. Of course you are right; it all makes perfect sense - common sense, actually. So, why is it so hard? I think that for me, it's because I don't want to let go of it. Food has always been a security blanket and to let go of that security is really difficult. Great post.

  4. I've always heard your can't out exercise bad eating! So true.

  5. You are soooo RIGHT! It is all about the food, and that's why I haven't lost any weight in a few weeks!! I work out like a mad man but stay the same! Stinks. I will totally eat right from now on. thanks for the motivation!

  6. Hi Kelly...I was thinking about you today and this weekend problem you've been having...because I was been in the same boat. Once I figured out what was going on, I cleaned up my eating and lost 4.5 last week!!! I was blown away. I still indulge a little bit on Saturday's, but I save my WW bonus points for that. I used to use my bonus points all through the week AND have a free day on Saturday. It sounds crazy now, but it took me forever to figure out why I wasn't losing. Duh??!!

    As for this weekend...well, I'm just so excited to be getting close to my yearly goal (less than 5 pounds away) that I don't want to blow it. I'm going to indulge a little less AND get in an extra workout.

    I can't wait to hear how you do...I'll bet ya anything you'll hit onderland!!!