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Yes, You Can Be Too Good

17 Mar

Today was weigh in day for me at Weight Watchers and I gained a pound despite being the model of reserve since my binge 2 weeks ago. It was a disappointment to say the least, but I pulled my leader aside after the meeting and gave her the lowdown.

Davida asked about what I’d been eating and how I was doing on Points. I told her that in an effort to introduce more protein into my diet I’d been downing a protein shake for breakfast with skim milk, PB2, chia seeds, and a banana, but that because the Points were so low I’d found myself with a ton of Points left at the end of the day. She looked me dead in the eye and said “You’re not eating enough.”

Let me tell you, those are 4 words I never thought I’d hear. She told me that if I continued to eat significantly less Points than I’d been given I would not lose weight because my body would hold onto everything I put into it. She encouraged me to beef up my breakfasts and said she often eats 8 Points at breakfast – with an egg, toast, a glass of milk and fruit. She said that having 2 or 3 Points left at the end of the day is ok but 10 is not.

This anecdote brings up a good point, sometimes when we’re trying to lose weight, even in a structured program, we impose restrictions on ourselves that are not only destined to trigger a setback or binge, but are totally counterproductive. In accordance with this sage advice from Davida, I’m going to eat more this week and see if I can sort myself out, starting with a lovely dinner with my folks tonight.

That’s all for me for the moment, I’m off to do a yoga DVD to work the kinks out. Let me know if you’ve had issues with under-eating or other food-related challenges – I’d love to hear from you. Also, Fitness Forsaken is on Twitter (FitnessForsaken) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/FitnessForsaken) so there are even more ways to get in touch.

Have a great weekend!

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A Little Perspective

14 Mar

As I sat on my yoga mat tonight, waiting for class to begin, a beautiful, tall, willowy woman – the woman I’d like to be when I grow up – walked in. She was a friend of a class regular and a first-timer. She bent down to roll out her mat in front of mine and immediately turned to me and said, “Please don’t watch me…unless you want a laugh that is.”

I laughed and reassured her that we would all be too busy figuring out what to do to look at anyone else. I remembered my own first time in this class – just 8 short weeks ago. I arrived anxious, self-conscious, and slightly uncomfortable. What was the difference between me and the supermodel? I outweigh her by about a third grader.

When I first came in I got acclimated by checking out the other students and felt better when I saw a woman about the same size as me. I felt better because I felt like the expectations of what my body should look like and how flexible I should be had now become more realistic- if you look like me you must perform like me. Now the real difference between me and Heidi Klum is more clear…and more than poundage.

She was nervous, not only because she had never done yoga before and was afraid of looking stupid, but because having a body like hers…looking the way she does, people expect more of her. There’s something really comforting in the idea that it cuts both ways. It really drives home the point that insecurity lives in bodies of all shapes and sizes.

As I went through my practice I felt good and strong and capable. My head stayed clear. I didn’t think about my body except to notice the increase in my flexibility or which muscles I was tensing so I could release them. I love yoga for the way I feel after practice, but even more so for teaching me to be aware of my body without judging it. I hope our resident top model learns the same…and I’ll stop referring to her as a supermodel or Heidi Klum because I shouldn’t judge her either.

In terms of my own weight loss, I’m back in a good place. I reminded myself that I know, from previous weight loss efforts, that my body drops weight more easily and functions better when I eat more protein – something I’ve been lacking in my mostly meatless meals. I’ve been having morning protein shakes made with skim milk, a banana, chia seeds, and Synthrax Nectar Sweets chocolate truffle protein powder. Today I added PB2 – basically defatted powdered peanut butter – for even more protein and a quasi peanut butter cup flavor. I’m actually looking forward to weighing in this week.

I hope everyone’s having a great week. I’ve got an amazing personal trainer waiting to answer your questions in an upcoming post so ask away in the comments, or, if you’d like more privacy email me at lrgittleman (at) gmail.com.

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