Tomorrow is weigh-in day, and all week, I have been focusing on getting my Good Health Guidelines, no matter what. I am going to have a big salad after I finish this blog post, because I'm still two veggie servings short (I have two fruit servings a day and three veggies). I'm over my points by a bit, about the same as last week, so that gives me a really good experiment: Did changing my habits make a difference in my weight loss while not making other major changes at the same time? Last week my weight loss was 0.2, so it shouldn't be that hard to beat it.
At the beginning of this experiment, I thought the Good Health Guidelines were a bit annoying. So I only get 22 points, and I have to use 2 of them just on oil, 2 of them on fruit, 3 or 4 on lean protein, between 4 and 6 of them on dairy, and at least 2 on whole grains? That's more than half my points! Unfair!
I feel differently now. I have had to be more careful about what I eat to make sure to get all the guidelines in, and it's starting to make some sense that more than half the foods I eat should be healthy -- it actually doesn't make a lot of sense to think otherwise. Even the oil, which might seem like a huge points rip-off, has actually helped to make my food more satisfying and interesting. Even if I just drizzle olive oil on a sandwich, like I did today, suddenly that sandwich tastes a lot better and keeps me from getting hungry again for a little longer. When I need a snack, I'm more likely to think of what healthy foods I haven't had yet, instead of what crunchy or sweet things I might have lurking in the pantry.
Even if my weigh-in doesn't show it, I feel I've made some good changes this week. I also tried on some clothes in my closet and realized that things are starting to fit better. I feel like things are working, and I am not as worried about the numbers as I was last week.
So listen up, you stupid scale, I'm not going to let you tell me how to feel about myself anymore.