Clearing up Obstacles

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I have three weeks and three days until my next appointment with my dietician, Lise. Why am I so focused on seeing my dietician? Two reasons: 1) I've been maintaining my weight but haven't lost any in a month or so, and 2) it seems like I get complacent with myself, but I feel accountable toward someone who's trying to help me. Which probably isn't good, because I should be working toward my goals because it's healthy for me to do, not just because someone else expects me to.

I've cleared up a few obstacles, though. First of all, I'm sure everyone must have one food that they just can't resist. Mine is almond butter. Don't ask me why, but it's the most delicious thing I've ever tasted. My dad got me a jar because he knows that I like and he thinks that it's healthy (and it is okay, in small amounts). But I finally/already finished the jar, and I'm going to have to ask him not to buy it for me anymore, even though I appreciate the gesture.

I've also been studying the Tao a lot lately, which is helping me to get rid of some negative energy and feel more peaceful. When I feel good, and feel good about myself, I can get more in the mood to exercise. I finally got back on the treadmill yesterday, and I felt so good afterward! I'm definitely going to try harder to keep it up.

I'm not exactly looking forward to Thanksgiving, food-wise. My family has a big dinner with lots of dishes. Not to mention the pumpkin cake and pie at the end (yes, we have both) and some years even a pumpkin cheesecake as well!

But I'm going to take Lise's (dietician) advice, and load up my plate the way I normally would at dinner. A "palm" of protein, a "fist" of starch/grains, piece of fruit if possible, and as many veggies as I want (not including creamy casseroles, of course). So for example, I might take a little bit of stuffing and a little bit of mashed potatoes (together equaling a "fist") for my starch. Depending on what time we eat, I might also allow for extra calories (about 200) that would usually be my afternoon snack.

Then, if I feel good about the amount I ate, I'll allow myself one slice of one dessert. I mean, it is a holiday after all. :)

So hopefully with these changes in place, I'll be able to "shape up" in time for my next appointment, and after that, I'd better be accountable to myself and keep working toward my goal.
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