Admitting You Have A Problem

Refuse to ConfrontThey say the first step to solving a problem is admitting you have one, right?  In that case, since I have identified a REAL problem in the last three days, its best I admit it to all of you now and start taking the necessary measures to undo the damage.  “Hello.  My name is Kassie and I eat too much fruit.”

Yes, you read it correctly.  I eat entirely too much fruit every day and I am now of the belief this is the reason my weight loss has been seemingly “stuck” for over a year now.  You may be thinking to yourself, “Fruit is good for you.  How in the world could you eat too much?”  As crazy as it may sound, it’s actually pretty simple.  You take someone with compulsive eating tendencies such as me and you tell them that fruit is zero points as Weight Watchers does and if the person doesn’t control themselves, you could have a recipe for disaster.

First and foremost, let me be clear that this is NOT a “Weight Watchers problem!”  This is ENTIRELY a “Kassie problem.”  You may be wondering how it is that I have been doing Weight Watchers for this long and I am just now figuring out that fruit is my problem.  Obviously, I’m not a quick study.  😉  Or more accurately I should say that deep down I have probably known for  a while that it was my problem but I could not make myself admit it because then I might have to actually give up some of the fruit.  So I’m sure you’re wondering, why the change?  Honestly, in just three days of using My Fitness Pal, the evidence has been so overwhelming and staring me right in the face in black and white, I really had no other choice but to admit it.  After seeing my calories, carbohydrates, sugar, protein, and fat intake broken down for me in an easy to read chart, it is painfully obvious that I am eating WAY TOO MUCH fruit!  After weigh-in today, I knew I had no choice but to own up to the problem and start changing it.

As you may have guessed by now, I was up today by 2.2 lbs.  Seeing as how I eliminated my pretzel issue and the rest of my food and exercise regimen has been in check this week, the fruit was the only other thing it could be.

Weight 3.14.14

At this point, I’m sure you’re wondering what in the world it is that I eat that could be causing such an issue.  Well, here goes; those of you who know me personally know that I eat an obscene amount of grapes each week and this has been going on for just over a year (exactly the amount of time that my weight loss has been “stuck.”  Coincidence?  I think not.  I eat an apple every day, a banana, pineapple, tangerines and sometimes blueberries or strawberries, none of which are bad but when you throw in the obscene amount of grapes, it throws everything else over the top.

So now what?  Now that it has been presented to me in black and white what the problem is, I am going to try having no grapes this week and eating my other fruit in moderation and maybe just have a few of those items each day, rather than the whole list.  The other thing I have learned this week is that my vegetable consumption is next to nothing compared to my fruit consumption so this week; I am focusing on incorporating more vegetables and even trying some new ones.  If anyone has a favorite they would like to recommend, I would love to hear from you!  I have also learned that I’m not eating a lot of protein, so I will be trying to increase that as well.  Most importantly, I feel like I need to keep working on ways of dealing with the compulsive/emotional eating so that I don’t feel like I constantly need to be eating something.  Suggestions are welcomed here too.  I know the journaling is a good thing to help combat this problem as well as prayer, and leaning on family and friends for support.  I tend to do much better when I have people around me because as my fellow compulsive eaters know, you aren’t likely to engage in that behavior when someone is watching.  Hence the 7.2 lb. loss the week I was snowed in at Michael’s house.

I have to get rid of the “If a little is good, a lot must be better,” mentality and be honest with myself about what an appropriate amount to eat of any food is.  The idea behind Weight Watchers making most fruits and vegetables zero points was to encourage people to make healthier choices and I think it is a GREAT idea and I think it works.  Like most everything else in life, I’m sure they meant “within reason.”  For my fellow Weight Watchers peeps my advice would be to be mindful how much you are eating of anything, regardless of whether it’s “zero” points or not.  Please don’t make the mistake I did of taking something good and abusing it.

I feel SO much better having identified the problem (with concrete evidence I could not deny) and admitting it to all of you.  I am ready to embark on a successful week and I wish all of you one as well!  I am off to the grocery store to load up on vegetables and protein.  Happy Friday!

Too Much of Anything

Comments

  1. I luckily like vegetables better. Good luck with cutting back on the fruits. They do add up.

  2. I love veges too! My Mom used to say, “All things in moderation”. It’s a great rule! I like to keep in mind that zero points is different from zero calories. I like the diabetic diet as a great tool to study. It limits fruit because of the natural sugar content. If one breaks down food to it’s simplest components, you can better balance what you are actually eating. (water, starch, sugar, vitamins/minerals, fats, proteins, fiber) Even meats contain sugars. It’s all about balance (or lack of). Looking forward to seeing the results of your adjustments this week. Good Luck!

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