Monday, May 21, 2012
Alright, so for the Challenge of Harry Potter group, we're supposed to blog about an excuse we tell ourselves or something we avoid. Well, something I avoid ... actually something I'm not honest with is my snacking habits. I love sweets! I never want to give them up. I don't think I'm as committed to weight loss as I should be because I'm not fully committed to changing my diet. I'm willing to make changes, and I have done that. Changes that have occurred are ...
~ I don't eat dessert every day anymore.
~ I can go days or even weeks without having oreos.
~ I don't drink soda as much, and when I do, its diet coke/pepsi/dr pepper unless I'm out and sharing with my husband.
~ I am getting more fruit/veggies in my diet, even if its just apple juice in the morning.
~ I am drinking less coffee.
Some things that still need to be worked on are ...
~ I still drink energy drinks. I'll buy them on my way to work. The only time my husband sees them is when I bring the empty cans home to add to the recycle pile.
~ When I go shopping by myself, I may buy a candy bar (hershey's bar, pb twix, reese's pb cups are the obvious choice) that I will eat in the car on the way home.
~ When we go out to eat at a sit down restaurant (not a fast food place), I have issues with knowing when to stop. Unfortunately, this results in an upset tummy later that evening.
No, I don't track my calories, and here's why ... This journey I'm on is supposed to be a lifestyle change. When I am where I want to be, I won't be counting calories then. While I could count and still change, I don't want to be so focused on not being able to eat something because it'll put me over my range. To me, that's just being on a diet. When people do those meal programs like nutrisystem or jenny craig, how many still order the food when they are done? same with weight watchers ... how many people count points when they are done with the program? I don't want my program dependent on a number. I want the change to be something I'll embrace and willing to make a part of me. If I'm counting calories, and I eat something that's a no-no, I probably won't count it. All you'll see is what I want you to see. Is that being fully honest? No.
The way I currently handle food is that I'll tell you up front that I eat the bad stuff like ice cream and energy drinks and peanut butter cups. But I'll also tell you about the good stuff that I'm doing like eating more whole grains, packing more freggies in my lunch. I'll also let you know that why I don't count, there is still a change in me since I joined in spark people in 2010. I don't snack as much. I drink less soda. There is less chocolate going into my mouth. I eat less in general.
I actually made a comment to my husband the other day that would have surprised me early in my journey. There is a chocolate cake they sell individually at the grocery store. My husband and I have worked it out that this is a sometimes treat, like once a month or after something special as a reward. Well, the last time I had it was a few weeks ago as a reward for finishing my half-marathon. I used to eat this cake all in one setting, but lately, it takes two settings to finish it. When I mentioned this to my husband, he asked why. One of the reasons that I gave was because it was too sweet. Wow! I never thought I would see the day that I could not finish a slice of chocolate cake when it was put in front of me. Before this journey, if there was chocolate cake, I would definitely have several pieces if possible. Now, I'm okay having just one piece or not even finishing it all.
So there you have it. My little secrets about my weight loss journey in regards to food.