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??
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    This is a fabulously postive blog and you are So on the right track with it all. Let me tell you, if I didn't have my mid morning snack and mid afternoon snack there is no way I could keep going to meal times. Mid-morning I usually have some fruit of a cup of cocoa , and later some more fruit or a tin of tuna. A tin of tuna with a little balsamic Vinegar is my secret weapon for when I'm hungry as the protein curbs the cravings ane because you have to chew so much it's like eating a meal. Keeping it clean is the way to go too. Well done for getting out your food scale. You'd be surprised how many unwanted extra calories sneak in by us guesstimating. Good work emoticon emoticon
    2150 days ago
    Hey everybody -- it worked. Eating a substantial snack (still around 300 calories) at 4pm totally staved off any ravaging of the cupboards and I stayed in my calorie range for the day -- YAY! THINNYGINNY, I am totally going to snag that veggie plate idea, that rules.

    You guys are ALL so friggin awesome. EVERYBODY gets a tiger to ride!

    2150 days ago
    High 5 for noticing the pattern and crossing my fingers that your experiment is successful!

    Eating the right foods at the right time makes all the difference.
    2150 days ago
    Can I be a badass on a tiger too? It sounds kind of exciting!!! I gotta have real food for snacks too - and I usually pile raw veggies on a platter for everyone (including me) to eat while I am cooking...
    2150 days ago
    I don't think you have an inner rock star. I think you have an outer rock star. Seriously.
    2150 days ago
    This blog just rocks.. and I adore you.. that's all :) XO
    2150 days ago
    This is a great blog! You can do this bootcamp thing you have tons of support! I'm doing it too one day at a time! I LOVE my kitchen scale I weigh everything I put in my mouth apple slices banana's everything!!!! It works.
    2150 days ago
    How can you not succeed?


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