Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Today I am tracking my food more carefully and paying closer attention to what I'm putting into my mouth. I'm usually very good about doing this and it has become a great habit. Yesterday was a bust - granted the first one I've had in over a year - but a bust none the less. I used food to medicate myself yesterday and I got way out of control. This is the first time since I've been on Spark People that this has happened. I've moved on today and I'm not beating myself up over it, but I think it's important for me to look at the situation and see how I got so out of control. So that's what I've done. I've come up with a plan B which I put into effect immediately. I checked my emergency bag of snacks and the supply was depleted. Today I went to the store and replenished my healthy snacks which I put in the bag (I usually keep a stash at all times) that I keep in the car. I'm positive that I let myself get too hungry yesterday, after exercising and walking around, and in the impulse of a moment I ate several things (that I never eat normally) just to fill my stomach. Boy did it ever throw me off! I felt awful physically from that point to the time I went to bed. The infusion of sugar in my system spiked and then fell and I got the shakes. My protein intake yesterday was sadly lacking and although I ate dried fruits and a bunch of veggies, my carbs were off the charts. (Unusual because I usually have trouble getting enough carbs and fats into my diet) The feedback on the SP Food Tracker gave me some great information as to what went wrong. Today when I was running errands and got hungry, I ate a Luna bar and drank 16 oz. of water. Then when I got home, I ate a big romaine lettuce salad, a banana and some reduced calorie whole wheat bread with Smart Balance Light on it. I feel satisfied and full. I'm positive that my diet today had about 10x more vitamins/minerals/protein and a fraction of the sugar than I ate yesterday. Today I feel better, not frantic, stressed or shaky. I know I'm doing good things for my body today by what I have decided to put in it. Yesterday is a perfect example of what not to do and how to set yourself up for failure. I've learned a valuable lesson from this and the chances of me having a repeat performance real soon are slim to zero! Although I did get quite a bit of exercise yesterday, which was a good thing, not nourishing my body correctly undid all of the good brought about by the exercise. In the future taking care of myself will entail paying closer attention to the relationship between food, exercise and water. I did a great job of paying attention today and I know I will continue to do so. You only get one shot at life - there are no "do-overs". Taking care of your body should be priority numero uno!