As with many women, I have struggled with my weight and body image for most of my life. I learned to eat my emotions and, despite knowing this, I continue to do so. What can I say? Chips taste better than sadness.
Last year in the spring, I started Weight Watchers. People thought I was nuts for going on a diet during the summer, but I decided I was going for it and I went. I downloaded the iPhone ap and tirelessly plugged in everything I ate and did. I loved it. It was structure and routine and a goal.
I kept my weight steady for a year.
The downside to it all was, it cost $22/month for Weight Watchers. To have access to an ap I could use on my phone. I decided it was too expensive for me and I would do just fine without it.
Enter 4 months of incredible workplace stress, planning to build a house, selling our house (which was an on-again/off-again ordeal), packing up the house, moving to a rental, and applying for new jobs, I was beat. I wasn't keeping track of a darned thing and I was eating everything.
If there was a glass of wine, I would drink it. A piece of gluten free cake? I was there. An extra bag of chips wouldn't last long around me. I was drinking as much pop as I could to stay awake. I didn't say no to myself very often because I "deserved to have a break".
Once we settled into the rental, I knew it was time to get myself back on track. Eating better, not eating as much, and not having takeout for every second meal because cooking was just WAY TOO MUCH. I found myself doing better, but still not quite fitting my clothes the way I had been.
Finally, I had to admit it. I don't need to diet, but I do need to keep track of what I'm up to. I need to know what I've eaten in a single day and how that compares to the amount I should be eating. I need to keep track of my exercise because, otherwise, I can convince myself that the walk to the fridge is good enough.
I got the livestrong.com My Plate ap on my phone. I don't like it as much as the Weight Watchers one, but it works well enough. I use it to basically keep track of what I'm eating and try not to go too far over the base calorie amount of 1750 (with added calories for any fitness I do). I don't find it as easy to use as WW or as accurate, but the ap cost me a one time $3 (there is a free one too) and that's a lot cheaper than $22/month.
The most important thing for me is awareness. If I don't pay attention, I will eat my weight in anything. I don't care if I'm skinny. I don't much care if I'm super fit either. I just want to be active-ish and not too much at risk for scurvy or diabetes.
How do you manage to keep yourself healthy and eating better?