I’ve been reading up on the Core Plan as many people have suggested it could work for me. It’s a cracker of plan, hats off to the lab rats at WW! But I’m not sure the Core alone would suit me. My diet already consists of core foods – when we’re food shopping my sister and I have a Minimal Meddling policy, aiming to buy as many whole foods as possible with no interference from a factory. After that, I just try to limit processed foods to a couple instances a week (which would fall under the weekly non-core points allocated on WW).
So what’s my problem? It says to eat these core foods in reasonable amounts, when you’re hungry. I don’t trust myself to do that. It’s a fantastic list of delicious foods and I can think of a dozen recipes that I could technically eat as much as I like of. Lentils, couscous, pumpkin, chicken, oh my! There’s endless possibilities. Sure it would be healthy and wholesome but I know I’d end up eating too bloody much. Some people are smart enough to listen to their bodies and stop when they’re full, but I’d undoubtedly see it as my license to PORK OUT!
I will continue eating these Core-y foods but still track my calories so I don’t lose sight of how much I’m actually throwing down my gob. I’ve just finished my first week of WLR. In the end I decided to stick with the 1690 cals it recommended me, calculated by my current weight and activity level. I thought I’d try that awhile and see what happens. The 1500 recommended by Slimming magazine just didn’t feel like enough, especially when I exercised. I stayed within that limit all week, and if I went over it wasn’t horrendously so. I was chocolate free, all week long!
It does a nice wee report for the week, and if you look at the overall picture I was on target. It counts exercise calories, which I was very modest with coz I don’t want to go crazy eating just coz I did a workout. It also does a report of what your Favourite Foods are for that week. The winner was tea with semi-skimmed – 13 cups! Runner up was the humble banana – 9! Bloody hell, nine bananas? Brazil nuts took bronze with 6 serves of 3 nuts.
So it was an interesting exercise because I didn’t have to make any extreme changes. I was just more aware of what I ate – what had the fat, what had the calories – and made some subtle tweaks.
This week will be a toughie as I’m off to Spain on Thursday with the Scottish Companion. Usually I’d see a holiday as an open invitation to binge, but I am bloody determined to exercise restraint. Fair enough having a fancy meal out but my holiday downfall is eating chocolate bars and ice creams like they were fruit and vegies – at least 5 a day! I will enjoy the Valencian cuisine (it’s the home of paella, don’t you know) but I’m aiming to keep thinking before I eat and get as much walking in a possible. And unlike my previous trips this year, I’m not slacking off on the exercise. We fly out Thursday night so I have booked a Body Jam class for Thursday morning. We get back home Tuesday afternoon so I’ll book in a class for Tuesday night. It’s only five days away, so I’m putting plans in place to avoid floundering again.
Hey you groovy people… in all honesty, I just can’t bloody believe I made it through last week and didn’t give up. I didn’t scoff a chocolate, didn’t skip a class, didn’t eat a pile of buttery toast. I haven’t had a week this good since… well I can’t remember when. I’ve been completely terrifed that I couldn’t do this anymore, that I had forever lost my ability to focus and give anything more than a half-assed effort. I honestly thought I could never want it bad enough to get back into that groove. But I do want to change. I haven’t looked at the scale but I feel positive and starting to get some pride back. So here’s to another healthy week.