Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Yesterday morning I was eating really well. Had a healthy breakfast, keeping right at my usual calorie intake. Then all of a sudden, BAM, at 10:30 I had a major craving for sausage. stomach rumbling and all. I didn't want to get the sausage, but my body wouldn't say no. I got the four sausage links (280 calories). Lunch went horribly and my body was craving a snack a mere hour and a half after lunch. I had consumed over 2100 calories by noon.
I was starting to wonder what was going on. The previous two days had seemed to go so well. Had I been trying to move too fast with the weight loss? Didn't think so. Was it that the weather was getting cooler? Didn't make sense, but maybe. I was starting to feel a bit anxious. A week and a half of maintaining anything diet related is a week and a half longer than usual for me. "Maybe this is it", I thought to myself, "another diet/eating plan bites the dust."
Though the rest of the day didn't go much better (3600 calories total (600 above the max of my current range)), at around 2:00 I took a break from work. I sat with my food logs from that day and the previous two to see what, if anything was different. It was then that I figured it out.
I had run out of milk on Saturday, so I had been eating oatmeal based breakfasts the previous two days(Sunday and Monday). I had bought milk on Monday night, so there was no oatmeal in my breakfast. My carbs yesterday were mostly rich in fiber but almost no complex (milk, Fiber One, ground flax seeds, and an apple). To boot, there was almost no fat in my breakfast or snacks. Lots of protein, but no fat. My body wanted fat, and sausage was the usual go-to for that. I devised my plan for today and it worked.
Before leaving for work I cooked up 2 oz of chicken (lean protein). When I got to work this morning I mixed the following:
* 1/2 cup Fiber One (60 calories)
* 1/4 cup Oatmeal (60 calories)
* 1T Peanut Butter (95 calories)
I had three cups of water along with that. I was totally full and had no cravings for sausage at all. My calories for breakfast and mid morning snacks were less that 500. I wasn't even that hungry at lunch time. As I write this, after dinner, I'm at 2600 calories(100 below my minimum) for the day.
Before joining Spark People and meticulously keeping track of what I ate, I would never have been able to discover what I did wrong yesterday and make a successful plan for today. I would have just kicked myself, given up and felt doomed to keep on failing. As painful as yesterday was, today was a huge victory which gives me great hope for the future (may it give you hope as well). I am greatly and equally thankful for both days.
If you have a bad day, a feeling of frustration is normal. Feel it. But don't let it turn to hopelessness or feelings of failure. Fight back! Look at the choices you made and see what might have caused the bad day. Plan for the next time you will have to deal with the trigger or cause (and you most likely will have to deal with it at some point). Don't beat yourself up. Overcome.
If your first plan (or second or third or fourth etc.) doesn't work keep trying until you discover the root and solution. It may take time and more than a couple of heartbreaks, but it will be worth it. There are many good articles on this site with all sorts of potential solutions for all sorts of eating, nutrition, exercise, health issues. Lean on your teammates and leaders for advice.
Whatever you do, don't give up!