Tuesday, August 30, 2011

WLJ: Curbing the carbs

Not too long ago, I learned I needed to be watching my carb intake.  I don't need to cut them out entirely, but it's best if I eat less than 250 carbs per day.  That sounds like a lot, but it's really not.

First of all, it seems like there are carbs in everything I love.  Bread and potatoes are two of my favorite things.  I know I don't have to give them up completely, but figuring out how to moderate them is difficult. I just can't seem to stay away from them.

And, there are carbs in foods I once saw as a waist-friendly alternative.  "Low fat" sounds good, right?  Wrong.  That usually means more carbs.  Sigh.  So I'm having to read a lot of labels ... very thoroughly. Gone are the days of merely watching calorie and fat content, now I'm looking for the carb and sugar counts.  I've also been checking out the sodium count too. 

This is turning out to be a very tough battle.  And sometimes I lose.  I certainly did this past week.  I ate more carbs than I should, and I paid for it today.

Ah well.  It's all a learning process, right?

I try not to beat myself up over poor choices and lack of results.  I keep reminding myself that this is a journey, not a trip.  As long as I get back on track when I veer off a little, I will be fine.

Weight-loss goal: 40 lbs.
This week's progress: +1.2 lbs.
Progress to date: -10 lbs.
Non-scale victory: Sunday afternoon, I set out to do a good 3K, and when I hit the 3K mark, I wasn't very tired.  So I decided to keep going.  I thought maybe I'd do 3.5K or maybe 4.  But when I finally decided to slow it down, I had run a 5K.  I can't believe it.  My goal was to be ready to finish a race in October, and now I feel like I can not only do that, but do it in a decent time.  I'm so excited.  And so proud of myself.

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on the run! And don't worry about the gain - I know it can be frustrating, but when you reach goal you won't even remember this week.


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