Thursday, September 18, 2014
So excited to be taking a long weekend in Vancouver, BC. I haven't been there for years and it is one of my favorite places in the world.
I am taking my lessons with me and hopefully will not go
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Today's exercise is to postpone eating and also minimize amount.
The way that I understand this idea is that when you feel a craving come one, try to postpone it by doing something else, drink some water, go for a walk, etc. This can sometimes help the craving to pass.
The other part of the exercise is about postponing eating the bread or chips and salsa that come to the table before your meal to snack on before your meal arrives. If you can postpone eating these things and then eat a bit of them with the meal, you will perhaps be able to minimize the amount you eat.
Both of these ideas are a great idea and I have incorporated both of them into my life. I am not always able to postpone a craving, but I would say more times than not, I am able to make it work for me. And with the eating the bread, etc. I just don't go out to eat much in restaurants anymore. That really helps minimize the amount I eat. We tend to order only one meal and share it, so that also minimizes the amount.
I couldn't resist this little cartoon.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
OK, I think I should have just skipped over today's exercise. Well, at least I know the area that I need to really focus on. From now on I think I need to not eat handheld foods.
The exercise was to measure out a snack item and put it on the plate - sit down and eat the item with a fork and spoon and notice how it feels to eat the snack this way.
I chose peanut butter and crackers. I measure out 2 crackers, put on 1 tbs of peanut butter. I sat down with my fork and started eating the snack this way. Well, it was kind of messy, but it tasted so good. I had a glass of water with this snack hoping that it would stop any craving. WRONG!!!!!
For some reason after I finished the exercise it was just like, ok, that was nice -- now give me the real food. I tried to stop the craving by going outside, walked a little, picked up a book, played with the dogs. I was able to keep the craving away for about an hour. Then I just felt like the dam burst. I think I ate about 8 saltines with 4 TBL of peanut butter. Oh my gosh, this was not on my food plan for today.
Well, what did I learn? Never snack on peanut butter and crackers just for fun. No, actually I have had a bit of stress in my life this past week and I knew I was going to be going through a rough patch. So this isn't so bad. It was a good lesson for me. What I really needed to do was not tempt fate today with food like this. I should have chosen something that I knew would not trigger me to eat more than I planned to.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
This is an easy exercise for me. Write a list of desserts that are special to me, include a description of these desserts, and when I would eat them.
This is my idea of a special dessert. It would include a cake with a smooth creamy filling and would be full of chocolate. I would like it to be not too sweet, and very fresh. The times I would eat it are: birthdays, holidays, and special family occasions.
This is not a terribly difficult exercise for me. I hardly ever bring desserts home except for a family party. The past few parties we have had only a few people ate dessert so the last time I had everybody over I just bought fruit.
The hardest thing for me is that if I am having a craving and I am at the store - I have been known to bring home a cake and then commence to eat the whole thing. It isn't something that I would like to admit to the outside world, but here on Spark, I think we all know that this can be a problem. This is what I would call a binge. It strikes as a craving and instead of fighting the urge, I will give into it. I could be half way through eating a cake when all of a sudden it strikes me that this is crazy. Sometimes I could throw it away and other times I just think, well, might as well finish it up. Thank goodness it has been a few years since I have given into this sort of craving. But I know it is always a possibility and still something that I work on continuously.
I read an interesting article the other day and I am going to paraphrase it. The writer said that the difference between knowing how to do something (such as losing weight) and to understand how to do that same thing - is all about the choices that we make daily. To know something means that your choices reflect that knowledge. To understand something means that in theory you understand what you need to do, but you still make choices that do not support what you want the outcome to be. I waiver daily between knowing and understanding. This whole topic of desserts is one that I have a complete understanding. And I know that if I eat the dessert, the results show up on my body in ways I don't appreciate.
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