Exercise, Healthy Eating

What’s it Worth?

It’s how human beings live their lives. Everything has a value. Everything has to be ‘worth’ something. Think about it – think of everything you do, and why you do it. There’s usually only two answers to this. 1. It makes you money or 2. It makes you feel good/its something you want. Because that’s what worth is. It’s a measure of how much something is of benefit. Granted, sometimes it is in an indirect form like fundraising, or keeping family happy. You ‘earn’  for something else, but ultimately you are doing a good deed, so it is emotionally worthwhile for you.

It is therefore incredibly important as someone who is changing a lifestyle and trying to lose weight to assess our actions for ‘worth’. Specifically I’m talking about what we put in our mouths and what we do with our bodies (that sounds wrong on so many levels.) It’s a habit that is part of the process of changing the way we eat, and the choices we make, and it’s probably one of the most important parts of changing if you’re serious about doing it for good. It’s so simple, yet seems to be one of the hardest things to do.

I can say honestly, hand on heart, it’s one of the steps that I’ve conquered on this mission. It’s very simple: before you exercise or eat, all you have to do is stop and ask yourself: “Is it worth it?” don’t take everything at face value, but ask yourself at that moment, is it worth it? Let’s take an example considering the one thing –  A baked potato is worth 7ppts.

Your weigh-in day is Monday, and today is Tuesday. Yesterday you saw a 1 lb loss at the scales.  Your daily allowance is 27 points, and you’ve used 15 ppts during the day and you are planning dinner. A baked potato is an option because it’s quick, easy and filling. This is a feasible, sensible option as long as you pick a sensible filling. But is it worth it?

Consider the options. What time are you eating? Are you likely to be hungry later? What filling are you putting in it? What’s your strategy for the rest of the week? Do you always have pudding? If you don’t eat anything later and have a low-ppt filling like tuna and low-fat mayo (2-3ppts) that’s a definite yes. However, if you require a more filling filling (you know what I mean!) like beans (5ppts for half a can) and still eat a pudding or snack later, it’s not. You could easily pick a lower ppt dinner.

It’s this consideration that IS the “What’s it worth?” question. Ideally, you want to be doing this every time you go to eat something. I’m not saying that you should and will always pick the low-ProPoint, sensible option because there are times when this is not possible or you have made a conscious decision not to – but that’s exactly what it should be- a conscious decision.

The same goes for exercise – there’s a saying in the running world about running ‘junk miles’ – little, extra runs where you aren’t really putting in a decent effort. This can detract from ‘proper runs’ and take away from necessary rest days and vital recovery time for muscles. Plan your exercise, and don’t be tempted sneak in little extras. Chances are you won’t put in 100% and will overestimate the effort you’ve put in. It’s also possible to overeat because you’ve done a bit more. Again, ask yourself – is it worth it?

One-Point Wonders

In considering the above question in relation to food, there are several 1ppt food components that I use as go-to munches in a pinch, or when I make that decision to ransack my allowance for social occasions or treat-time and need to pull things back. It’s also good if you get fed up with fruit and veg.

  • Jaffa Cakes: chocolatey-orangey goodness for a wee treat
  • Sweet chilli sauce: Livens up pretty much anything savoury!
  • ASDA rye crispbread: Switch bread for one of these bad boys for a low-ppt alternative
  • WWs Vegetable squeeze ‘n’ stir soup – ideal if you have a big dinner planned
  • Wafer-thin ham: bulk out a vegetarian dish for veggie-phobes
  • Branston Pickle: Need I say more.
  • Lean bacon medallions: 2 for 1 point – perfect for a cooked breakfast
  • Maple Syrup: An excellent alternative to golden syrup
  • WWs layered Fromage Frais: Creamy and rich

This week, stop and make a measured decision about what you eat and do – it will help prevent any surprises on the scales, and may help you make better choices for a long, happy and healthy lifestyle.

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