… And a Bit of Rejuvenation

They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

The only time I’ve seen results in terms of weight loss was last winter/spring when I was journaling on Sparkpeople, when I was doing something “different”. Still journaling, just paying attention in a different way.

And so I see a couple reasons already why journaling on Sparkpeople, instead of Weight Watchers, is going to benefit me.

1) I am less inclined to chew-and-spit. It’s a lot harder to quantify an incident on Sparkpeople than it is to just dock a Point on WW.

2) I will have a specific range of nutritional information in each category and will strive to meet the fat/protein quotas — as well as staying within my caloric range (which would be like my Points on WW).

3) I’ll see where I’m high: carbs, sodium.

I like stats, and I’m a visual person. I feel rejuvenated with this renewed dedication to (not obsession with) Sparkpeople. It’s like we’re reunited long lost lovers or something.

I’d like to note that this isn’t just a vanity thing. I need to lose this weight for my health. Right now my BMI (which had been “healthy” for the past 4 yrs since reaching my goal on WW) is borderline “overweight” again, and my cholesterol wasn’t as good as it could have been last time it was tested.

Time to nip it now, because I want my body to be in the best physical shape possible for when we start a family.

So I plugged in my goal (which I will keep to myself) and it seems doable by the time we go to Mexico in March.

Something to smile about on this cold, dreary winter day.

13 thoughts on “… And a Bit of Rejuvenation

  1. Good luck!! Sparkpeople sounds great — my sister did My Food Diary for awhile too and it really helped her get a hold of her sodium intake. It’s one thing that WW doesn’t focus on πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks, it goes with that whole soar with your strengths mentality. I’m good at journaling and needed to fine-tune it πŸ˜‰

  3. I have wondered how my diet, which is fine by Weight Watchers standards, would stack up if I tracked it on Sparkpeople. Someone asked me once how many calories I eat a day, and I wasn’t sure. Points I know, calories– not so much. I check out Sparkpeople for the articles, but I haven’t really gotten into using their tools. I think it is great that you are trying that approach. I’m curious to know what you find out!

  4. Mara, I tend to make the same dishes often (we don’t cook every night) so it’s not hard for me; I just save the recipes the same way I do on WW and tweak amounts or add something different. I agree it’s easier to plug in “7” if you know, but even on WW I’d have to figure ingredients and a pt value. We’ll see how it goes πŸ™‚

    Sweetie, it was mostly helpful to see the visual nutritional spread –where I’m lacking or where I need to watch it. If WW is working fine for you, go for it!

    But my 21 pt day was 1410 calories. (Of course, this varies).

  5. Yes, the nutritional spread would be more interesting to me than the number of calories too. Weight watchers works, but, as I get closer to my goal and am exercising more, I’m just wondering if I could be giving my body more protein and that sort of thing. I may try a week in sparkpeople just to see.

    I think it is an excellent idea!

  6. πŸ™‚ Way to go — give it a shot then! It’s true, the closer you are to goal, the harder it is to lose and the more critical the type of calories become.

    One point isn’t “one point” when you look at it more holistically. I need to know that Point is being used wisely and I think I had a little too much freedom — even being honest about journaling, I made some poor choices this fall/winter … so it’s good to see.

  7. Thanks, Heather. My husband’s BFF (and best man) is getting married there so we’re going to Oaxaca for it! Should be fun. For all my Latin American travels, I’ve never been to mainland Mexico (Cozumel doesn’t count πŸ™‚

    It’s -6 now here, worse with the wind chill. Talk about depressing – and it’s snowing again!

  8. Thanks Missy!! It worked for me when I used it; I just needed the chutzpah to do it again. And I’ve found it — huzzah! πŸ™‚

  9. Mexico is so lovely–when I was little we went to Puerto Vallarta every year. It sounds like you’re approaching your plan with a really healthy attitude and realistic goals, so go you πŸ™‚

  10. Thanks Rachel — we’re looking forward to it (hubby is from El Sal so he’s been a bunch, but it’s my first mainland Mexico viaje). And thanks — I hope so πŸ™‚

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