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Sunday, March 2, 2014

What I have learned from Weight Watchers

So far it is 38# down, with 12 to go.

My wife has lost over 30!

I have given the plan so much grief through the years, made fun of the meetings, thought that it was a method for the untrained, but I have really benefited from the program, so WW, I apologize.

Here is a short list of the things I have learned so far:

Food is not the problem, overeating is the problem.
There are no "evil foods".
A properly kept food journal is worth its weight in gold.
Everything is an experiment, I have to figure out how I respond to certain foods and either use them to my benefit or avoid them. (Turns out that I may have some issues with wheat.)
I was using the "good fats" and "red wine is good for your heart" excuse as license to over eat and over drink.
We vastly overestimate the calories we burn via exercise and underestimate the calories we take in without keeping track of it.
"Cheats" and "treats" need to be planned and not spontaneous.
Having an accountability partner is essential.
In order to lose weight with exercise, you have to work out HARD.
In the past, I have tried to compensate for a poor diet with exercise-it doesn't work.
Little "slip ups" can add up and cost valuable pounds.
Having experience with meditation has helped immensely, by anchoring myself in the present, food tastes AMAZING!
Focusing on real food and dropping things like bcaa's and whey protein was a wise choice for me. I still take D3, fish oil and ACV and the numbers don't lie about their benefits.

When the weather warms up, I am going to start walking/running again. I am also going to experiment to see how intermittent fasting works within an approach like weight watchers.
I heartily recommend WW to anyone.

In other news, training is going really well. My guard is becoming dangerous and my training partners are wonderful.

I recently listened to the JRE with Kron Gracie and it is fabulous. Do yourself a favor and check it out.


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