Food Find: Skinny Pop Popcorn

SkinnyPop PopcornWhen it comes to something you can just keep eating, SkinnyPop popcorn is a great snack to keep in the pantry. I would love it even if it wasn’t healthy. My favorite flavor is white cheddar, but they have plain, sweet or black pepper. They have also had pop up flavors, such as a sweet chili.

For those doing Weight Watchers, one serving (three and a half cups) is only four points. It’s awesome for mindless eating while watching TV, a movie or something.

Quick Nutritional Facts

  • Fat: 9 g
  • Carbs: 15 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Weight Graphing and Finding Patterns

In my seven or eight year journey of weight loss, not once did I ever thing to graph my weight and look for patterns.

After listening to a previous episode of the Half-Size Me podcast, they introduced me to weight graphing. Now don’t get me wrong, I plug my weigh-ins in my Weight Watchers app and I look at it planted on a map. But I never looked for patterns.

In the interview I was listening to, the lady said she usually didn’t have much movement, maybe a half a pound for the first three weeks of a month, but then by week four, had a big loss. It was like clockwork for her.

Moving forward I’m going to try to find my own patterns. There are some I’ve noticed, such as usually the first couple week of a month I don’t have much progress, but I had never put much thought in it. I will now and will keep up with progress!

Weight Loss Podcasts and What I’ve Learned So Far

Lately I’ve enjoyed finding weight loss podcasts to listen to that will help me stay on track. Some of the new favorite ones include:

From the podcasts I’ve learned a few key things. Well, let’s not say learned because these are all things I know. Just things I need to focus on:

  • Don’t compare yourself to others and their progress, but rather where you are in your own progress and where you have been.
  • Do you want the pain of discipline? Or regret?
  • Avoid preservatives in foods (I know this, it’s just hard financially right now to shop at a specialty grocery store or in the natural aisle…I know–do I want to pay for it now, or later in my health?)

That first bullet really hits home. I get really caught up when other people compare their progress and they are in a much better situation than I am in their journey. It’s like a dagger to the chest. “Why can’t I just do it?” I always wonder. “Why do I always let myself down?” I think I’m going to really have to start tuning out all the noise around me and not take it personally when others share their success or failures that are beyond mine.

Then the second bullet I think is a great saying I need to start carrying with me. I feel better when I eat healthier. But then at times I get busy, we have a late night and I just bomb. Or I want to eat emotionally, happy or sad, which causes me to bomb. That needs to stop.

I also bomb because of others. Others saying to eat badly, or encouraging nights out or put me in situations where I go too long without food in which I get a headache.

I need to learn how to filter out the noise better…say no more often… because I need to make myself priority No. 1 in order to get where I want to be.

Yo Yo and Finding Balance

A week and a half ago I saw a post on Facebook from a local news anchor, Lauren Lowery from WISH TV, reaching out to see if anyone struggled with yo-yo dieting. I responded not interested in being part of the story, but giving an idea. An angle. Perhaps it was the journalist in me and I had a story and wanted to share the idea.

Lauren responded that I was exactly what she was looking for and I had to make the decision whether or not I wanted to do this.

A group of my co-workers are a very strong influence to keep me on track and work so hard themselves so I reached out to see if anyone would be interested in doing the story with me, and my co-worker Rachel would. She’s a huge inspiration for me as she had lost 100 pounds in the past and works hard to maintain and like me, has also yo-yo dieted over the years.

It felt good to not have to do the story alone.

I’ll be honest, I was dreading seeing myself on camera. I’m not in a place where I’m happy with the way I look. That’s a personal struggle. Something only I am in charge of. I knew that I’m not the only one that feels this way and struggling with fluctuating weight, which is really what motivated me to just do the story.

Lauren was wonderful and it was a great interview.

After the interview I knew it would air the next week and all I could think about were superficial things. I’m not looking my best and I didn’t want people in my past or current friends or family to think I looked bad. And of course I know the people that love me wouldn’t feel that way, but I’m a human being and that’s just what I thought.

Thinking back though, since early college my weight has been a struggle. I just wasn’t paying attention to myself for six months or a year and a few other things factored in and my body just went out of whack. And ever since, so let’s say for the last seven or eight years, I’m constantly yo-yoing. I’ll do good for a few months and then take a break when life gets busy.

I’ve done so many things from cleanses and crash diets to spending more money than I should have on exercise equipment when I could have just gone outside. At the end of the day what works for me is Weight Watchers. When I stick with it, it works. I respond better to focusing on carbs, protein, fiber and fat intake rather than calories.

Being a part of this story taught me a few things, actually.

Lauren interviewed NiCole Keith, an exercise physiologist in Indianapolis. To quote Lauren,

“Keith points out it can take months – or years – to change your body’s chemistry as it deals with processing fat.”

Interesting. I’ve noticed there is a weight I come back to. It usually doesn’t exceed it. It’s not a good one, and I just figured that’s when I freak out and go in to hard core losing mode. But maybe my body thinks that is what I need to weigh.

I thought/think this yo-yoing (which I know is VERY BAD) would be my life. Honestly. I’ve been scared that this will be the rest of my life…. up and down and up and down. Loving the way I look, then months later falling off the wagon and envying that size two that I’ll never be with the great legs.

My problem is I’m not realistic. I will most likely not be a size two unless for some magical reason money comes into my future and I can have someone cook for me and having hours upon hours to spend exercising.

Nope, I’m a normal person, hustling so hard at the moment to reach some personal goals, and I have to learn to make my weight loss and maintenance a top priority within all of that.

Thanks to this story, it gives me hope that if I can just hang in there for a couple years…this might not be such a struggle after all.

Sadly, a few men commented on the article making it seem like people just need to eat right and excercise to solve the problem. For starters, they clearly didn’t pay attention or watch/read the story. Second, sometimes for some people it’s just not that easy. Our body, DNA, hormones, etc. makes it harder. For some, sure, it’s a matter of needing to put in more effort. But that isn’t anyone.

It’s never okay to judge people along their journey. Which is even hard for me, especially when people smaller than me talk about how they look. But it’s their journey. Whatever they feel comfortable with.

Just remember while I might be your goal, someone else is my goal – so on and so on. Each person has their own struggles and by supporting each other instead of putting down, we can all really help each other.

Click here to watch the story and if you are a yo-yo dieter, post about your journey below! Is this story news, or something you were aware of?



Weight Watchers, You’ve Got Me For Life

weight lossUp and down and up and down. Over the last six or so years I’ve been bouncing back and forth with the same ten pounds. Some more, some less. I’m fully aware yo-yo dieting is bad. I never mean to. I just love food. I love wine. Food makes me happy.

In my early 20s I gained a ton of weight without realizing it. There may have been a bit of a thyroid issue going on too, but eventually evened itself out.

I think the first time I tried Weight Watchers was about three or four years ago after I hit a wall. I’d done everything from diet pills to South Beach and none of it worked. For some reason counting carbs, protein, fiber and fat worked for my body type of calorie counting.

Since then I would do really well, then go back up. That’s been my story for years and I’d hoped to get it all off for good this year. I have just over three months left and I still have time.

I cancelled my Weight Watchers subscription a few months ago because I hadn’t been using the app and was paying $20 a month. I knew what I needed to do and thought I could pull it off by using MyFitnessPal–which is a great app.

Unfortunately, I was wrong. My husband and I had a fun summer of late nights with lots of drinks together and now here I am feeling back at square one. I’ve had so many new starts it’s ridiculous and I’m so angry with myself. But I always know I can keep things as is, or pick up and keep moving.

At lunch recently it hit me I needed to bite the bullet, pay the money to have it reinstated. Why? Because when I follow it, it works. It’s also extremely easy to use.

I’m going on a cruise with my family in less than a month, and if I can follow the plan diligently for the next month, I will be in a good place. I’ve had a lot of events lately with friends, which I love, but I think for the next month I need to take a break from everything. I need to focus on me; exercise and eating right. It’s crunch time. I have to take care of myself. Here goes. I hope in 28 days to report back that this has gone well. If not, I’ll be calling my doctor. So thanks for taking me back Weight Watchers…I can always count on you.