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Faithful readers of this blog may recall that my struggle with weight and food is an on-going affair. My latest attempt is with Weight Watchers. I haven't been very good though. It's annoying to note down all those points. But when I came back from my Africa trip I'd lost six pounds, and yesterday's weigh-in showed I'd lost two more - and this was after I'd had lunch. I've been trying to figure out what I've been doing differently, and here's what I came up with:

* now that I'm living in the US, I no longer have a siege mentality about food. Ever since I was a Peace Corps volunteer I've felt that every time I have something yummy it'll be the last time ever (or at least for a year) so I should fill up as much as possible as soon as possible. Now that I can get Krispy Kreme donuts or McDonalds any time I want, I no longer binge as I did during annual holidays.

* there's a lot more variety of food and I can control my eating better. In Africa everything is seasonal and limited. (Perhaps if I'd lived in a coastal country I'd feel differently than in the parched Sahel!) Now I can get fruits and veggies (although of uneven quality) any time I want. I can get whole-wheat products any time I like, rather than living beholden to the single expensive bakery.

* there are low-cal, low-fat versions of food I love, or I can substitute unhealthy ingredients.

* I've made some minor lifestyle changes. For example, this past Christmas instead of baking cookies as gifts which I'm normally tempted to sample (strictly for quality control purposes of course) I made flavored hot chocolate instead which would be quite revolting to consume raw. I haven't gotten into an exercise routine but I walk to and from the bus station (15 minutes each way) and the grocery store/post office every Saturday (same).

I really do feel encouraged and hopefully once I start playing tennis again and the weather warms up for more outdoorsy activities I'll make even more progress.
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On January 6th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC), mokey4 commented:

* now that I'm living in the US, I no longer have a siege mentality about food. Ever since I was a Peace Corps volunteer I've felt that every time I have something yummy it'll be the last time ever (or at least for a year) so I should fill up as much as possible as soon as possible. Now that I can get Krispy Kreme donuts or McDonalds any time I want, I no longer binge as I did during annual holidays.


This one is HUGE with me! In PC I was at my heaviest weight ever, not mostly because of my daily habits but because I took advantage of every opportunity to gorge on yummy western food. Care packages, mm.

I guess I wouldn't have that problem in Paris :)
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On January 6th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I guess I wouldn't have that problem in Paris :)

Did you get the job?!
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On January 6th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC), mokey4 replied:
Not that I know of yet. But that's the likeliest overseas place for me to go, currently.
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On January 6th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
My fingers are crossed!
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On January 6th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC), clynne commented:
Good luck! Being able to still have variety was a huge issue for me; I get bored and restless when my food is all the same.

I find writing every little thing down annoying, as well -- what I do is just keep track of points in my head, and then write it all down just before dinner, as well as writing out what I plan to eat for the rest of dinner.
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On January 6th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Me too. Plus I hate the thought of turning into one of those tedious people who are always talking about points.
On January 6th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC), clynne replied:
Eh. I'll talk points with other people who like food, just like Italk about other aspects of food -- I mean, it was *exciting* to find out that Asiago cheese is only 2 points/oz. *grin* But it is important to keep it "just another food topic" as opposed to an obsession.
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On January 8th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
I was my heaviest in New Orleans with a boyfriend who wanted to eat out and drink all the time. I would have thought I was in Kinshasa from all the eating out, but a) I didn't have a scale, and b) there were very few snacking options, so it was only 2 full meals a day. Here, I am trying to cook at home more, though I didn't bring lunch today because I am so bad with mornings.
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On January 8th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
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On January 8th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC), congogirl replied:
Good ideas. I actually had some lunchy things I could have brought, but forgot. Dinner isn't a big deal. I've been doing a lot of veggies/fake meat in a frying pan over rice or in a wrap, which is pretty quick. But I can't cook fresh lunch!
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