Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I think what I've learned the most in the past couple days is what a huge difference it makes to eat slowly. Despite going out for both brunch and dinner yesterday for Father's Day and having fatty dim sum and Chinese food, I did pretty well with keeping within my calorie range. I attribute my accomplishment to eating very slowly and really tasting and enjoying my food, so that I gave my body a chance to signal that I am full, then stopped eating. It really helped me to gauge how much food I really need and avoid overeating.
Today was a different story. I had to work through my lunch hour and run to a doctor's appointment afterwards, so I ate my lunch while finishing up work at my desk rather quickly. Even though the very same lunch made me feel full last week, I felt hungry today and I think it was because I had to eat it quickly. It must have been about an hour later before my stomach finally said to my body that it was full after all. If I had not been so focused on my goals, my old self would have eaten more and overeaten.
It is now five days since I've recommitted to a healthier diet, and the food tracking, making healthy choices, and learning to listen to my body are starting to become easier. That's a relief. It's good to know that I, too, can learn to change my poor habits and put a stop to mindlessly eating junk food. It's good to know that this process is a journey towards habits that WILL become easy with consistency and practice, and won't always be this much work or this difficult. I am glad.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Day 3 and I already slipped. Makes the saying "two steps forward and one step back" quite literal.
I was doing fine all day with my food choices. Planned 3 healthy snacks for the day and stuck to them. A co-worker brought a Chinese cocktail bun (yum! one of my biggest weaknesses) for me and I had an easy time declining. Problem came when I got home from work. I bought a whole bunch of nuts to make nut butters for my father for Father's Day. Nuts are another big weakness for me. So while I was grinding the nuts, I mindlessly chomped away. Didn't really realize what I was doing until I felt sick to my stomach.
Sucks. But I guess I have to forgive myself, learn from the experience, and move on. Tomorrow won't be easy. We're going for dim sum for Father's Day. I have confidence I can do better than today. Just have to remember to make good choices and eat slowly.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
It's only been two days since I started focusing on my food choices and it feels like it has been a long time. It's exhausting to think about everything I put into my mouth, but I think this is what I'm going to have to do to lose weight. Having said that, today has gone really well, so I'm really pleased with myself.
I've been drinking A LOT of water. That has really made a difference in the way I feel--more refreshed--as well as helping me to avoid eating unnecessarily. I'm trying to be more aware of what I am eating by chewing slowly and enjoying each bite. It helps me avoid overeating because I feel like I am eating more when it takes longer to eat. I planned a couple of healthy snacks for mid-morning and mid-afternoon but only ate one of them. WOW! A couple days ago, I would never have a left over snack. I used to eat everything I had. It made such a different to pay attention to my food choices and my needs, and it was an amazing feeling realizing that I was not hungry and was just fine not eating my second snack.
I am eating within my nutritional goals for the first time today. It's like a small victory for me. I just have to keep it up, one day at a time.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I joined SparkPeople about a month ago but have been stuck in a rut and unable to make any improvements on my diet. The more I browsed the Spark pages, the more I ate. I read the message board about sneaking foods and instead of solving my problem, I increased the behavior.
Finally, yesterday, after feeling bad seeing my weight on the scale, I decided to try tracking my foods again. I thought I was making a good decision choosing to have a vegetarian burrito for lunch as opposed to the carne asada. But when I went onto the Food Tracker to count up my calories, I was astounded by how many calories and fat were in the burrito. It felt like the pits. I decided I HAVE to be more proactive and to plan my food intake better.
I declined my husband's invitation to walk to the frozen yogurt shop last night--an exceedingly rare thing for me--and suggested we just take a walk instead. Later in the night, when I felt hungry (or thought I felt hungry anyway), I drank water and resisted the temptation to snack. I went to bed feeling much better about myself, and was not famished this morning, which probably means I wasn't really hungry last night.
I'm feeling great about finally getting on track and serious about changing my diet and losing weight. I was very careful planning out both breakfast, lunch, and a healthy snack today. Just have to keep up this energy now...
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