It seems like I’ve been bad-talking the Points system in my past few posts. And I just want to say that that is not the case. If it were not for the points system I don’t think I would have lost as much weight as I have. But more than that, the points system taught me how to eat differently. They rewarded me for making better food choices, specifically low-fat, high fiber foods. I don’t think I ever would have tried whole wheat pasta, or whole wheat flour, or brown rice, were it not for the points system. Just because I learned to misuse the system doesn’t make it a bad thing. Just like my illustration of being in college and figuring out how well I needed to score on a final exam to pass the course–doesn’t mean the grading system is a bad thing. Now don’t get me started–Weight Watchers and the Points system are not perfect, but they are one of the most well-rounded weight loss systems out there. (And in case you’re not a regular reader, me and W.W. are divorced, but it was on friendly terms…)
So today I went for my weight training session with Vicky (You were right, Vickie!) and it was MOST EXCELLENT! I am so enthused about this. Today she worked mostly on upper body stuff, but also did a lot of core stuff, which I really need, and a LOT of work on balancing. I am really happy about working on this, since I see my dad, and how off balance he gets, and I see the same tendency in myself already. She had me do some of the arm exercises while standing on ‘balance pods.’ And then she had me do a few while standing on one foot on the pod! The pod is kinda like half a ball. Anyways, I loved the challenge of it. And when you are working this hard at exercising, you think twice about going over your–oops, I almost said points–calories for the day. She is really big on refueling your body after exercise with the right proportion of carbohydrates and protein. Roni had an excellent guest post who seems like he thinks along the same line as Vicky.
The last thing I wanted to pass along was from my 100 Days of Weight Loss book. She had a chapter about savoring the flavor of some food you really love. She said to take a small square of chocolate, unwrap it slowly and smell it. Then bite off one corner, and savor it. Then do the same with each corner, and finally 2 more bites with the center that is left. Enjoy the texture as well as the flavor. I do try to do this, sometimes better than others. But I think it is key to being satisfied with smaller portions of food.
It is really warm today. Took the dogs out for a 2 mile walk this evening. Spring is so wonderful this year. There are some birds that sing right at twilight that I am really enjoying!