This week, during a particularly frustrating weight loss struggle, I sat down with personal fitness trainer Fred Malpica to discuss my diet. Honestly, this is the hardest part for me in this whole process for a lot of reasons. For starters – I just don’t GET IT. I know that sounds dumb, but with so many different opinions – Atkins, Paleo, Eat Clean, Portion Control (which by the way work differently on everyone) – and being bombarded daily with every “get fit quick” scam there is (stop it Facebook)… I am on overload. And you get those cliche “just burn more calories than you take in” sayings but honestly… it just isn’t that simple.
I have been using the well known app MyFitnessPal to track everything that I have been eating, which gave Fred a terrific snapshot into what life as MoscatoMom is really like. It was also an eye opening experience for ME.
For starters… I often do not eat ENOUGH. And when I DO eat enough – I often eat TOO much. Basically putting my body into total “survival mode” with my feast to famine routine. Before when I heard that I needed to “eat more food” it didn’t make sense to me. Isn’t EATING part of the reason why I am in this predicament to start with!?! But when I looked at it laid out like this over a period of time, I could see the mistakes I was making. Fred took my last two weeks and broke it down for me – showing me EXACTLY what I was doing right… and wrong.
The interesting thing to me though was on the days I ate close to the right amount of calories… I was OFF THE CHARTS over on fat intake. Like, seriously off the charts. Like… 82 grams of fat in one day. Holeecrap. Clearly it isnt all about calories.
I also saw that not only did I do the fast-to-famine from day to day – I also did it meal to meal. Breakfast might be a 100 calorie snack bar, and then lunch a 700 calorie meal at Applebees. It is like I know I blew it with one meal, so I would just “make up for it” at the next meal… except our bodies do not work like that.
Oh and carbs… shall we even go there? Fred asked me if I was intentionally avoiding carbs – which I wasnt. I was completely oblivious to the fact that I seldom eat any carbs at all.
SO – I now have a recipe for success… in terms that make sense and that I actually understand. Something no other trainer has ever taken the time to do or explain. Telling me to “just eat more” is not enough, and even Weight Watchers giving me “26 points to use however I want to” wasn’t enough. There is way too much that can – and has – gone wrong there. And what is even better is that part of the package that I have with Fred includes constant support and encouragement – like today when I woke up to a little note on MFP – even on a Saturday!
Finally… I feel like I have a plan and something I can stick to and not let myself off the hook with. It makes sense, I UNDERSTAND they the numbers are the way they are, and I even have someone watching me if I get too slippery. The beauty in all of this – it fits my My Type A Personality perfectly.
PS – the seasoned fries are a Aggie Fries… and anyone who has ever been to a Tate High School Football Games knows it is almost sacrilegious to not eat Aggie Fries…