Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I think most of us know, or have learned, that we need to be present, or mindful, when we're eating. It's so easy not to be. If you're by yourself, as I am much of the time, it feels like you're with someone if you've got the television on.
I have been working on not eating in front of the tv (ok, I do eat in front of the tv, but it's not on now) for a while. But boy, was it brought home to me yesterday why it's a great idea to be mindful when eating.
I was watching an episode of TLC's "I Can Make You Thin", http://tlc.discovery.com/tv/make-you-thin/
And he had a story. They gave a couple of people big bags of popcorn to keep in their office for a week. Then they went on the street, with the popcorn boxed up like movie popcorn, and tried to give it away -- but didn't get any takers.
Then they took the same bag to a movie theater, and gave the movie goers who got popcorn that popcorn. Then they checked after the movie, and most people had eaten almost all of the popcorn. Some even lamented they hadn't gotten a larger size. The same popcorn they couldn't give away on the street!
Talk about an eye opener. You can be sure I didn't eat with the tv on this morning.
And I'm proud of myself for last night. I almost always want something sweet after both lunch and dinner. At lunch, often I'll have a piece of fruit. At night, usually I'll have a small piece of chocolate.
Much of the time it's more a pyschological longing than true physical hunger. I got busy with the animals after dinner, and by the time I could relax, I decided I wasn't really hungry and didn't have anything.
Sometimes it really is the small things!
Monday, March 24, 2008
Me, I'm a tortoise. Most definitely. I have always lost weight very, very slowly. I think the most I have ever lost in one week was three pounds -- and that's when I had all four wisdom teeth pulled & couldn't eat!
Now, I know that it's better to be a tortoise. You're more likely to keep the weight off when you lose it slowly. It's healthier to lose weight slowly. And you usually don't get as much saggy skin when you lose slowly.
But we all want to be hares, don't we? We want it off. Now. Not tomorrow. We just want it gone. Even though it may have taken us years to put it on in the first place.
Being a tortoise is one reason I don't weigh myself. It's hard to keep track of the 1/4 pounds, and it can be depressing to see it come off that slowly (if at all).
Hopefully this tortoise will win the race.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Salads. Could it really be that simple? I don't know, but I do know that I ate a lot of salad this week -- for lunch, for dinner -- and I just plain feel lighter. So I'm inspired to make myself a 3 bean salad today.
I am lucky, in a sense, because I'm Jewish and I don't celebrate Easter, so I don't have to worry about Easter candy at all. Woo hoo! That would be a challenge for me.
But next week my niece is being Bat Mitzvah'd, so I'll be on the road and at the mercy of whatever my family wants (usually not so healthy).
I don't weigh myself, so I don't know if I actually lost weight this week. I do know I haven't gone down a pant size yet, but I also know the tight jeans I tried on yesterday are now feeling looser. But the shorts I bought in the next size down, which I could've sworn felt comfortable in the store, still feel tight. Inspiration? Doesn't usually work for me. But the next size up were too loose.
I do measure my hips & waist, alternating with taking my blood pressure. This week was a blood pressure week. Luckily, my pressure is normal, but high blood pressure runs in my family.
Next week is measure week . . . after several days of travel! And I've been stuck for a while now.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
My husband is currently living in another state (long story). We see each other every couple of weeks, basically. This weekend he's home. Only he really isn't. He had a sort of wake to go to. He wanted me to go, and normally I would have even though I never met the man, but I'm going out of town in a few days and I just had a lot of stuff to do. I thought maybe he'd make it home for dinner (it's a long way out).
No, when he went to the friend who's going with him, they pottered around talking for a while and then went out to lunch. So they didn't even get there until three in the afternoon.
While I knew he might very well not make it back in time for dinner, I'm a little resentful that he comes home, is eating out -- while I'm still at home working on my portion of our taxes (that's my fault, not his, should have been done a long time ago), walking the dogs, feeding all the animals. It would be really nice to have a break once in a while. Yes, I will have a break next week when I'm away. I guess I'd just really like him to contribute a bit more when he is home.
So I was trying to decide what to do about dinner. I'm tired. He got home at 1:30 am, and I had a hard time getting back to sleep, so I'm tired. I really don't feel like cooking.
I have some Home Bistro meals -- they're even the lower fat ones -- but they're still a bit more caloric than I normally eat. I know I'll be eating a fair amount next week. And I could just go out by myself, which I was going to do, but did I mention that I'm tired? Plus I'd probably eat more than I wanted to again.
I ran through what sort of frozen dinners I have on hand in my mind. I finally settled on a veggie burger with some sweet potato fries. I really didn't want to eat badly just because I'm tired and I'm feeling just a little bit resentful.
I don't have a problem with having a cheat meal once a week. I don't always do that, but sometimes I do. A meal when I eat whatever I want. Not a binge, but if I want dessert, I have it (although I always share with my husband). But I don't always have one. Especially not when I know so much of what I eat next week will be out of control.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
I've been reading Julia Cameron's "The Write Diet". If you're familiar with her, she is the author of "The Artist's Way". Anyway, she recommends clean eating: basically no processed foods, fruits & veggies, whole grains -- you know the drill.
And yes, I find when I eat clean that I have more energy and just plain feel better.
So why is it so hard to do? It takes time to make meals from scratch! I actually enjoy cooking, but I hate the cleanup. It's so much easier to stick a frozen dinner in the oven than to stand around chopping up vegetables and washing up pans.
But this week I did it. I made a nice greek salad using tofu (tastes much better than it sounds!) and a great veggie pasta with a garlic butter sauce (not quite as fattening as it sounds). And that took me through much of my week.
But most weeks aren't like that. I'll buy ingredients to cook simple meals, and then they'll go rotten and I feel terrible for wasting the food. But I do have to commit to me.
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