Oh hey, old friends! Soooo I posted this yesterday on my Facebook page, but for the last several weeks/months, I’ve definitely been in a rut when it comes to eating (and exercise too, but that’s another post for another day). I mentioned in my last post that healthy eating has just not been a central focus of my life lately because I’ve had so much going on, but I’ve definitely started to notice my clothes feeling a little tighter and not loving pictures I’ve seen of myself recently, so I knew it was time to get my butt in gear before things get too out of hand.
I sat there Sunday night googling, “kickstart your diet” and “healthy jump starts for weight loss”, as if I was going to come across something that I didn’t already know about. I think the trouble is with me that lately I’ve really had so much going on that I can’t do something that requires too much effort or attention for the moment. So, after perusing the results of my searches for some time and trying to make a corresponding grocery list, a light bulb went off and I realized the simplest, easiest, most result-oriented thing I can do right now is go for the low/no-carb thing, aka Atkins, to get myself back on track.
Now, I’ve done Atkins before and while it did help me lose weight, it did NOT help me keep the weight off. I lost about 40 pounds my senior year of college, and then I gained it all back (and then some! you know how it goes…) once I reverted back to my old eating habits. I didn’t really have a plan in place (ie, I’ll give this a go for such-and-such amount of time, OR, I’ll go back into such-and-such way of eating once I’m done with this), and I think that was my downfall the first time around. I was successful in losing weight, but as soon as I was done with Atkins I went back to my old eating habits and hadn’t really made any permanent changes.
This time, while I don’t know exactly how long I’ll do it for, I do know that once I’m tired of it, I’ll go back to Weight Watchers and rest on all the things I’ve learned about healthy eating and moderation from it. I think I’ve come a LONG way in the past 9 years (since the last time I tried Atkins), and I know a lot more about myself, my body, nutrition, and weight loss than I did back then. And, I also know it’s not reasonable for me to stick to a no/low carb thing forever, so this is just temporary.
There are definitely some things that really suck about Atkins, and they are:
- No fruit
- No bagels (wahh!)
- No sweets
- No pizza
- No bread? duh
But there are also some things that I love about it:
- It’s black and white. Things are either allowed or they aren’t, nothing in between.
- Portion control is less important, since it’s more WHAT you’re eating and not how much.
- I can eat an avocado with a spoon and feel good about it.
- Nuts are also not that scary anymore, and same goes for nut butter.
- I can eat the skin on meat if I choose without any guilt.
- CHEESE. That’s all.
So to be honest it feels a bit weird to be officially doing something that is not Weight Watchers after all this time, but it also feels oddly refreshing. I think when you know a diet (or a lifestyle! ) inside and out, it can be hard to approach it with a fresh perspective because it’s not… well, fresh.
Have you ever had luck with kickstarting weight loss with a program you don’t plan to stick with forever? What have you found to be most effective?