Monday, November 19, 2012
I reckon, if I look back on the past few months - if I have a day where I have been eating out of control, 9 times out of 10 it is a Monday.
I don't mean overeating at a social function - where I have seconds, or thirds of something yummy when I don't need it.
I mean quietly eating multiple bowls of cereal, and slices of bread with lashings of butter and jam - and I am not hungry, but there is this need which compels me.
The kids and I don't have a regular gig for Mondays. No kindergarten, or swimming lessons etc. Just me, and the kids. Tired kids, and tired me after an action packed weekend.
I try to organise things. Try to keep busy.
Today, my friend cancelled our catch up this afternoon.
So, I have over eaten. With little pleasure in it.
I did this when I tracked my food. And I am still doing it.
Nothing has changed. The question is 'Did I really expect it to?"
I am not addressing my underlying feelings. Mostly boredom & fatigue - plus a bit of annoyance with tired children.
What might have helped today?
I should have either pushed through and taken the kids out somewhere. Or had a nap, then taken the kids out somewhere, or started an activity at home.
What might help in the future?
Make better plans for Mondays. Go out and take a picnic lunch. Have a couple of back up activities planned to get through the day. Schedule some exercise. Get to bed early Monday night.
You never hear anyone proclaim 'TGI Monday' do you?
And now for dinner? I don't really feel like eating anything, but I will have a small portion of the sweet potato and chickpea curry I am making. Wont need rice, and wont need an after dinner snack. Tomorrow is a much better day - so busy I will hardly have time to scratch, plus pilates and spin class.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
My daughter is at the age where she is almost ready to stop having a sleep during the day - but not quite. To manage this, I sometimes time it so we are having a drive, or I walk and push her in the pusher in the early afternoon . . and most of the time, she nods off.
It just occurred to me that quite regularly the last thing she says before she goes to sleep is 'I'm hungry" or "I want something to eat". Sure enough, half a minute later and she is asleep!
Now she is not yet 3 years old - so it is understandable that she might interpret one signal from her body as a different signal. The trouble is, I am not sure that I always get it right either!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
In some ways, I still can't believe it.
If you had told me in May 2011 that I would lose weight gradually over 6 months - to a weight I had not been for about 15 years, and then maintain that weight loss for 12 months (which includes 6 months with little cardio due to a persistent cough). . I don't think I would have believed you.
I joined SP, and straight away went on an educational journey. I followed the stages, sometimes suspending my disbelief - and read the articles religiously.
It is this knowledge which has helped me the most. I believe that I know too much to ever go back to how I lived before.
I am not perfect. I overeat sometimes, but I always come back to what makes me feel good. Plenty of fruit and veges, lean protein, quality carbs, water, exercise & sleep.
Writing the first paragraph of this blog showed me something I had never realised before. I was plagued by mild depression for about 15 years - which is the same 15 years that saw my weight creep up from about 59kg (130lbs) to 75kg (165lbs). I don't know if it was a sedentary lifestyle and less than nutritious diet that caused the depression, or vice versa. What I do know, is that now I have changed my eating habits and made regular exercise a part of life, the depression has evaporated. And I am back around the weight I was before.
Another thing I know is that I will keep doing what I am doing as long as I am able. It is worth it.
I am worth it.
Monday, November 12, 2012
If I think about what I shouldn't eat or what I should do - I feel that this is a very negative way to look at life. Always feeling like we are missing out on pleasure. 'Should' is one of the worst words in the English language.
Instead I try to focus on what I can eat, and what I can do.
I CAN eat plenty of lovely fresh fruit & vegetables (there are plenty of people in the world who don't have access to these things - central australian communities for example). There is so much enjoyment in fresh food, if we allow ourselves to appreciate them.
I CAN move my body without pain. Not everyone can say that - and the more I look after myself, the more likely it is that this will continue into my older years.
I CAN ride my bike in a reasonably safe and clean environment.
I CAN flavour my food with fresh herbs, citrus juices, spices to make a different taste sensation for every meal. If I am bored with my cooking, I have no one to blame but myself.
I CAN find new and healthy ingredients to make preparing & eating food a continuous path of exploration and enjoyment.
I CAN afford to look after myself well - attend a gym, see a doctor/dentist/physio, eat properly (most of the time)
I CAN improve my fitness to make February's 50km mountain bike race more enjoyable.
I CAN complete a 50km mountain bike race.
I CAN eat whatever I want - and fortunately, there is so much good healthy stuff in this world. I try to get that in first.
I CAN maintain this weight (364 days and counting!)
I CAN live without mild depression (that lived with me for a good 15 years)
I CAN have good levels of energy
Eat food, not too much, mostly plants . . . . and move my body!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
My weekend involved 2 social events, which I think ran to my usual plan - no different to when I was tracking, to now that I am not.
When I tracked, these two events would have been meals that I skipped tracking, or tracked with rough guesses, and certainly weren't planned ahead.
If I want to do better with intuitive eating, then I need to practice, and keep some key principles front of mind.
The people who wrote a book on intuitive eating made a list of 10 principles, which on the whole make a lot of sense. On the weekend, I did not do well on the following
Principle 5. RESPECT YOUR FULLNESS
I did not stop when I should have - at both events.
Principle 7. HONOUR YOUR FEELINGS WITHOUT USING FOOD
Potentially I filled some social gaps with food - find yourself with no one to talk to? Graze the buffet. Better to strike up another conversation, or get a glass of water.
Principle 10. HONOUR YOUR HEALTH
I know that a healthy plate looks like, and healthy quantities of meat, grain etc. I did not adhere to this. As a result I have a terrific food hangover today.
This is not a blog to beat myself up - merely to point out to myself where I can improve.
On the plus side, I did make some great nutritional choices. I am learning to seek out more veges when I serve myself plus I only had one champagne and drank sparkling water the rest of the time.
And I did a 2 hour bike ride instead of just the 1 hour.
Today is Monday, and time to get back to good eating princples.
I am reintroducing Meat-free Monday to our household - a great chance to get plenty of those lovely vegetables into me!
Have a great day! I know I will.
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