Friday, August 17, 2007
I didn't do too much worthy of myself yesterday. I ate sweets more than once. The ones I made were good, but the cookie I had at back-to-school night was just awful. I should have thrown it away after the first bite, but it was in my hand and I just kept munchin' on it. Nasty and tasteless, it was!
However, I am down from my last weigh-in about 9 days ago! I'm down just over a pound from that weigh-in, which was before the vacation eating frenzy, so that is very good! I'm also about .4 pounds above my lowest weight ever. If I can stay on this path, I think I can easily set a new lowest weight record for myself next week.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Today's task was to give yourself credit for the things you do right. Here's a few things I did yesterday.
+Measured the salad dressing instead of just pouring it on and guessing.
+Resisted the afternoon break birthday cake.
+Resisted this by moving books instead!
+Resisted the bars at home.
+Made a reasonably healthy choice when we went out to eat.
+Did not eat everything on my plate, even though I was inclined to lick them clean. The plates returned to the kitchen with a little bit of food on them. This is unprecedented! Not a lot of food was returned, but some.
+Did not eat between when I got home and when we went out to eat. Two hours! I drank a glass of water instead.
+Ate sitting down for everything.
That 9 credits! Whoo-hoo! I feel like I'm doing well this week.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I've started incorporating some the Beck Diet Solution tasks into my day, namely eating slowly and sitting down to eat. I did pretty well with both tasks, but I had to keep reminding myself about them.
My inclination is to eat quickly and move on to another activity, so sitting down and remembering to put down my utensil now and then, chew slowly and really taste the food...it was hard for me. I had to be reading a newspaper or a book while I ate lunch to I could pace myself a little better. I'd wait until I got to the end of the page before I allowed myself another bite. It worked. It took me 20 minutes to eat a sandwich, a piece of fruit, some pretzels and some cottage cheese w/ tomatoes. I was feeling full before I was done eating!
At supper time, it was really difficult to prepare food without tasting it. I was cutting up a watermelon and I did allow myself to taste it and a piece of canteloupe while standing. My daughter had her first day of high school volleyball practice yesterday, so she was very chatty which helped me eat more slowly. Conversation?! What a concept!
I also spent some time at work moving books, so there some exercise in there, too. I did well yesterday. I'll work on these same tasks today.
Monday, August 13, 2007
I'm not usually much for diet books, but another Sparker recommended this one and I purchased it over the weekend. It's designed to be a daily workbook for the first six weeks on a diet, but since I've been dieting for a while now I skipped ahead a bit. Some of the things she addresses are dealing with the panicky feeling I experience when I'm hungry--this is a big issue for me right now! She also talks about eating more slowly (I eat very quickly), always sitting down to eat (I already messed that up once today, eating my English muffin crumbs from the counter after I cut my muffin in two), and writing down your goals and reading them over twice a day.
What I think I'll like about this it how it makes the case for continuing to diet for the rest of your life. I've already resigned myself to this, so I resist calling what I'm doing "dieting." This is just how I'll eat from now on--I won't be able to eat everything I want, but isn't being healthy and wearing normal-sized clothing a bigger payoff than a few minutes of pleasure with a donut? BDS says that most people DO restrict their food intake, but that it should become automatic eventually.
So, I'm going to try this. It can't hurt. I've been plateaued for months now.
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