This time is different. Even though MFP forces you to count calories, I've been using it as a glorified food journal and basically ignoring the calorie count. Am I eating mindlessly? Am I eating a handful of fun-sized chocolates when I could be eating grapes or peanut butter on carrots or an apple or whatever?
|I'm choosing more veggies and fruits these days instead of candy, pastries, and crackers for snacks, and I'm making fresh lunches instead of eating canned soup every day.|
I very rarely weigh myself, but I was curious to see if making smarter food choices was making a difference beyond my energy levels and stamina during workouts. My doctor weighed me at my yearly checkup in February and I weighed the same as I have since 2011. This week, I put the battery back in our scale - we never use it so we keep the battery out in case we need it for something else! - and stepped on first thing in the morning.
I weighed exactly the same as I did in early February.
Now, that alone doesn't seem that crazy, but consider this: I've been the exact same weight for five years. For awhile I was stable at one weight; then I began running and over a year or two I put on some weight (probably mostly muscle - I can tell because my thighs and butt are much curvier and stronger than they used to be), and since then I've been stable at this new weight.
|I'm adding way more fresh vegetables to my dinners by sticking with what I know I'll eat - I could eat mountains of zucchini, so I've found a way to eat it almost daily instead of making something like spinach or peas, which I'll barely touch.|
I know that consistently making good choices - with some indulgences here and there - is going to allow me to keep getting stronger and feeling better, which will help me become a better athlete. That's what counts.
|This has been my mantra over the last few weeks and I think it's working.|
Weight and scales can be a touchy subject - do you weigh yourself? Why or why not?
Do you use a food journal or meal tracker?
What's your favorite vegetable?