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September 2012 Goals: Adjusting My Relationship with Food

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Hello all, long time no blog.

I have hit a plateau that I cannot bust through (I have been on it for about a year I would say). Basically I lose a few pounds then gain them back, hovering in the 160s. I keep telling myself to keep with it but it is frustrating.

I have been doing well with nutrition, keeping track of what I eat and only having a few days going off track. Its funny though, when I think the scale will go up (after a weekend of not so great eating) it does not, but when I think I have been on track, there it goes on the rise. I am not perfect (and do not try to be, because that is unsustainable) but I am definitely making better choices, and the scale is not reflecting it.

I do some form of exercise almost every day (with exception of when my body needs a rest or just for the ocassional day off). I enjoy exercise and so this part is not hard for me. I have been changing it up from time to time. I think I just need to keep up of the exercise for now.

I think to hopefully kick start some more progresss I am going to start back on some monthly goals. I will set them at the beginning of the month and reevaluate at the end. Hopefully this will keep me more accountable and really, just give me some focus and motivation. I will set a wieght goal for the month as well as three other goals.

I think my major issues are in the nutrition realm so my goals this month will center around them. The goals are in caps with an explanation after.

Current Weight: 166.2
Goal Weight: 160.0

1. GET AT LEAST 7 HOURS OF SLEEP: Ok, I am usually pretty good with this one, I value my sleep. However, I find the nights that I do not get this sleep, I end up ravenous. I am an emotional eater that goes on binges at night, especially when I am tired.

2. TRY SPACING MY MEALS BETTER: Especailly in the office, I tend to eat when I am not hungry, going through the snacks and lunch by early afternoon. My nutrition tracker looks balanced (protein, carbs, fat, with a mix at each meal) but really, the food at work is all scrunched together because I give in the craving to food, even though I am not hungry, even sometimes full.

3. TRY TO SLOW MY EATING: Ok, I cannot do the 20min/meal right now, but I want to work towards this. I am trying to become a more mindful eater, but baby steps. I eat WAY too fast and have been try to slow down only to fail. I put down the fork between bites, drink water between bites, try to chew more, etc., but in the end do not get far, so baby steps. I have started setting to set a timer for 20min at dinner. The goal to just become aware of the time, not necessarily take 20 minutes to eat just yet. Small steps will hopefully help.

Well, I know this was a long post so if you are still reading, thanks for listening. Hopefully these goals, and writing them down, will give me the kick start I need!
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