Lesson Learned: My Snacks Need More Substance
Monday, April 30, 2012
One of the great things about the Nutrition Tracker is that I can print them out and then look at my whole week in black and white.
I have noticed a pattern. If I do not have a snack around 3-4pm, and if it does not contain enough fiber or protein, I am RAVENOUS when I get home from work around 6, and I am vulnerable to temptation. Since I live with teenage boys, there ARE snacks in the house that I should leave alone, but several times last week I came home like PacMan and needed something to munch on while making dinner.
My experiment today is to have some greek yogurt and granola and a quarter cup of almonds right about now. In fact, I'm eating them as I write this. I am curious to see if my snacking is a mental thing, if some of it WAS driven by genuine hunger or what.
My theory is that if I am not physically hungry, I will still be tempted, but I will ask myself, "Am I really hungry or am I just reacting in a habitual way?" I think if I'm truly hungry, it's a lot harder for me to pause and ask myself what's up.
So here's to hoping today's experiment has a positive outcome.
My weekend was a little crazy. I don't do well with unstructured time and food. Both days I didn't eat enough in the morning and then was out and about and by the time dinner rolled around I realized I hadn't eaten lunch and ended up eating a little more than I normally would. Saturday my nieces were at my Dad's house -- grandpa and grandma made cupcakes to celebrate Lorelei's birthday and those rat-finks put chocolate pudding in the cupcakes. I ate one, and I decided to embrace it and enjoy it thoroughly -- it's not every day my very first niece Lorelei turns 9!
Yesterday Randy and I hopped on the Honda Goldwing and took a ride up into Great Barrington, MA which is about an hour or so away - it was a gorgeous day, if a little cold, and our destination was a breakfast spot and a bead store. I usually buy my beads on eBay or at trade shows, but this little store up there is so cute and I like them, so I got a few special beads I plan to use as "focal" pieces in necklaces and picked up enough pairs of funky glass beads to make some fun earrings.
I keep telling myself that I should keep the beads and pliers in my hands at home so I'm not snacking. Either that or the crochet hook. Snacks are okay, but I need to keep them pretty clean and I also can't just graze all day and call that a snack. I think I'm beginning to see a lightbulb over my head. I think there's a way I can do this thing, eat enough to fuel my body, and still lose weight.
Thanks to some of my DONE girls' encouragement, I decided to be brave and whip out my food scale, which now has a new home on my kitchen counter instead of being buried under bamboo kebob sticks and old potholders. I'm gonna weigh and measure until I can really get a good grip on my portion sizes and can eyeball it.
In other news, I signed up for the Official Spring Into Shape Challenge! It's kind of scary! But it's also kind of exciting in the sense that it's all laid out for me, I don't have to think too hard, I just have to follow each week's steps and BOOM in 4 weeks I should be meeting both THIS goal and be well on my way to my Frolickin' Summer Goddess Challenge goals, too. Sometimes I don't know who I think I am, and then I remember I am a BADASS ON A TIGER and I am on a mission to uncover my inner athlete, dancer, and rock star.
I only have to keep these good habits up one day at a time to the best of my ability. I am focusing on getting stronger, and I'm gonna let the weight take care of itself. As long as I am eating the right portions, moving this bodacious booty of mine and staying positive and close to Sparkpeople, how can I not succeed??