Friday, September 26, 2014

Ch, ch, ch...changes!

     After a lot of thought and some discussion with friends and neighbors, I've decided to stop being a weight watcher. I'll not be tracking my "points" and such or attending meetings anymore. The last two weeks I've been tracking things through a free app called My Fitness Pal. I love it! It's calorie based, but also looks at your nutrition and activity throughout the day. Since I've been tracking with that, I've lost more than I was with WW. I'll also soon be getting a FitBit. I once had one and liked it, but it broke and then I used the WW active link. I like the FitBit and look forward to using that again. I feel like having a bit more control over what I track and such will lead to better choices that I can maintain for a lifetime. I don't really want to track WW points forever. I still believe that WW is a great program and I encourage anyone who wants to lose weight to give it a try. It does work! I just want to focus more on overall health than just weight-loss, so I feel like this is the best path for me.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Skinny Fat vs. Healthy & Fit

     I haven't written a post for a few weeks, so just wanted to check in with anyone who may be reading! I lost 2.1 pounds last week. What's different is that I hardly tracked anything I ate with WW last week. I was slacking, but just trying to make better food decisions and move more. When I was doing Weight Watchers before, I was set on counting points and NEVER missed a day of tracking. I'd track as soon as I ate, or quite often would even before I took a bite. I was fully dedicated to losing weight. I was also very focused on getting thinner, however I wasn't necessarily focused on getting healthier. I wasn't working out, I wasn't getting good nutrition, I was just eating smaller quantities of junk. This time, I'm much more focused on getting healthy. It's not about the size I wear or the numbers on the scale, those will drop with time because I'm making choices to eat healthier foods, move more, lift weights, and drink more water. I'm focused on being fit and healthy, not skinny. I heard a new-to-me term the other day, "skinny fat". I understand it to mean skinny people who are actually fat as far as their health goes. Just because they wear smaller sizes and look thin when dressed doesn't mean that they're healthy. Their cardiovascular system is weak, their bones are weak, they have very little muscle mass. I want to transform myself into someone who's physically fit. Like I said, smaller numbers on the scale and in my clothes will come along with that, but it's not my main focus. I'm still going to stick with WW, at least for now, and track what I'm eating. I'll still stick with weighing myself weekly as I think it's a good reflection of what the week was. I will, however, not let those things determine how I'm feeling about myself.