Yesterday's experiment with entering all foods and exercise into the Spark nutrition and fitness trackers the day ahead went quite well.
I had forgotten to enter my usual post-cross country ski granola bar (PC peanut butter) into the nutrition tracker: I could have added it as "unplanned eating" but chose not to, just didn't have it. It turned out to be a bitterly cold day with gusting winds (sunny, though, with sparkling sparkling snow) and our friends opted not to brave the highway to join us. So instead of the planned 90 minutes, DH and I skied only for 60, and didn't go for lunch at the club after. In fact, I somehow didn't get around to eating lunch at all: headed out for a little Valentine's Day shopping instead! (Mike will be opening a new cross-country "wicking" turtleneck, red, tomorrow!! We are soaking wet after skiing -- it's such amazing exercise).
I was zooming around at a fast clip for 2 hours and so removed 30 minutes skiing time and clocked some of that into the fitness planner instead as walking time -- After I had located gifts, cards and wrapping (and a bottle of red wine for tomorrow's dinner) I also spent (oh, self indulgence) some time trying on clothes!! Love doing that as an effective distraction from eating, and it sure works for me. Did not buy anything!! Was somewhat tempted by a black leather 3/4 sleeve swing blazer (marked down from $500 if you can believe the tag to $70) but opted against it. Decided that it didn't really flatter my figure, a bit "boxy". Also tempted by a gorgeous squashy bright red leather shoulder bag with a heart pendant, marked down from $300+ to $74: and again, resisted. Simply don't need it. Tried on a very form fitting navy jumper (or dress) which looked terrific but again, opted against it: the material was just that little bit shiny and "cheap" looking (marked down from $180 to $30). And a tiny bit short in length, maybe: okay with opaque tights but I don't want to look like mutton dressed as lamb!
So: about 4 pm ate the chicken I had scheduled for my lunch salad at the club (sitting down, savouring every bit) just before we went out to buy groceries, and just skipped the rest of lunch altogether. Enjoyed my chicken barley soup for dinner with yogourt and berries as planned, lite PC hot chocolate also. Husband and son were enjoying a roast beef dinner: I don't eat roast beef, but was tempted by their crispy roasted potatoes!! However, they were not in my meal planner so that was an easy decision: no choice. Distracted myself by leaving the room: and they (bless them) tidied the kitchen and wrapped up the left overs so I didn't have them staring me in the face!! Went to the computer and planned today's meals and fitness (yesterday) instead: I could, of course, have planned leftover roasted potatoes for today but decided that I didn't actually want them enough to "pay" the calories.
I seem to be getting into a breakfast omelette riff to boost protein but I don't want to worry about cholesterol if I eat eggs multiple times a week. So I bought cartons of the naturegg Omega Pro (50 calories for 1/4 cup, only 10 mg cholesterol) and the naturegg Simply Egg whites (1/4 cup 30 calories) and this morning made my Greek feta and spinach omelette with these. And I've clocked in a Greek omelette food grouping as well, which will make meal planning even easier going forward. Sure love my mixed veggie and chopped fruit food groupings: very handy to click once, then edit out or add items (avocado, say, or fresh cherries) that I don't have every day!! Beck and Spark are very compatible.
Saying No Choice to unplanned eating is actually a big relief. There are, as Beck says, lots of things we have no choice about and we accept those issues pretty matter-of-factly. I don't ask myself if I feel like having a bath or brushing my teeth or going to work or paying my bills. I don't struggle over it. And: I don't have to struggle over eating if I plan ahead and tell myself I have no choice about unplanned eating.
Of course I know there will be times when I do eat unplanned foods. And then it's going to be important to pull out card 18 and Get Right Back on Track.
"if I eat something I shouldn't have, I haven't blown it. It's not the end of the world. It's just a mistake. Get back on track this minute! Don't keep on eating! That makes no sense. It's a million times better to stop now than to allow myself to eat more."
Yeah. I'll be using that one for sure. I know it.
But for now -- time to go skiing!!