At the start of last week, when I decided it was time to get my eating habits back in line again, at first I wanted to fight it, like so many times before. All I could think was, "Oh great, here we go again. I'm going to have to be controlled by a food plan and not eat what I want. Waaaa."
I didn't want to feel like I was being controlled by something. I wanted to be the one in control. To say what, when, and how much I wanted to eat it, with no limitations.
But then I thought, "Wait a minute..... back the food train up. I AM the one in control. Doh! *I* am the one who decides whether to have good eating habits or not! I mean, c'mon, am I really "in control" when I eat whatever I want with no limitations? Or am I, in reality, "out of control"?
It was a pivotal moment. It gave me a new view from the pew--so to speak--and it was then that I felt really good about turning around my eating habits for the better, for good.
I can still eat what I want! But I can make better choices. Choices that are good for my body and will leave me feeling better overall. I can find healthier alternatives to the foods that I like and appeal to me the most, that fill me up and leave me feeling satisfied. And every now and then, I'll still eat something not-as-healthy, and that's okay, as long as I'm controlling it and not letting "it" control me.
I didn't realize how my new way of thinking would affect my Cheat Day yesterday. I felt so good about how I was eating all week (with the exception of the two Pepsi's, which I didn't feel "too" bad about, but not great, either), that yesterday I really didn't even want to cheat all that much. And as it turned out, it wasn't that much of a Cheat Day. I found that I didn't want the foods that I knew would leave me feeling bloated and tired. I wanted healthy food that I knew would nourish my body and leave me feeling good.
When I finally had some ice cream late last night, though it tasted good, the after effect of stomach upset and bloating from eating a not-so-healthy portion almost wasn't worth it. My body had started to get used to healthier eating and smaller portions again, and didn't like it when I tried to overfeed it.
It felt good to be back on a food plan this morning. I really enjoyed my breakfast of egg and cream cheese toast, the egg being 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites (fried in 1 tsp. olive oil), orange juice, and coffee (and plenty of water, of course). And my body thanked me afterward.
And by the way, I don't stick to Sparkpeople's meal plan to a tee. While the range they recommend for me is between 1200 - 1550, their meal plan for me is usually closer to 1200 calories, which is too low for me personally at my current weight, so I add on to bring it up closer to 1600 calories. Also, I have found that I need a higher calorie breakfast to feel satisfied (around 400 calories usually), and adjust accordingly the rest of the day. This is not true for everyone, though, so you have to find what works best for you.
You are in control today, Spark Friends! Treat yourself right.