Friday, July 15, 2011
The scale said 125.8 this morning, right in my goal weight range of 124-129.9. Yes, I'm happy with that. I've been maintaining more than an 80 pound loss for 19 months now. I'm getting more and more confident that I not only can, but I will, maintain my healthy weight.
BUT, and this is a big BUT, am I happy with the way I am eating? Not completely. On the positive side, I always eat a great variety of fruits and vegetables. I eat enough lean protein and don't eat fatty meats. I have 3 cups of skim milk almost every day. I get plenty of fiber. I eat whole grains every day, and many days have no white refined grains. When I use oil, it is usually extra virgin olive oil or canola, and I rarely heat it.
However, I've found I can maintain my weight and still retain some eating behaviors that are less than ideal. I still nibble a bite or two standing up, usually while I'm cooking or putting food away. I still occasionally finish something that Natalie didn't eat. (Oh, yuck. Did I just admit that?) Sometimes I eat in my car. Sometimes in the evening after supper I intend to have a snack, but end up having three (like a 5th piece of fruit I know I do not need then a sugar free hot chocolate and then 100 calorie popcorn). I still use too much artificial sweetener, although I have cut back. I don't always plan my eating ahead of time.
So, I'm trying to decide. How good do I want to eat? Are there any of these behaviors I really want to change? Or should I just relax and be happy with a normal body weight?