There comes a time I think in everyoneís journey in life, and particularly in weight loss, where we learn what our weaknesses are.
Iíve found mine. Of course Iíve already talked about my insane fondness for cheese of most varieties in my earlier blogs, but this is a weakness of another sort Iím about to write about.
It seems that I do just fine while I track my calories carefully, both those going in and those going out, but when situations present themselves that defy careful tracking, I have a tendency to screw up, even if only a little at times.
Holiday eating, well itís risky. I was prepared at Thanksgiving with a cheat sheet all written out of what I could eat. I memorized it so I wouldnít be needing to look at it at the table.
But Christmas roles around, and then New Yearís Eve. I didnít know what to track and I wasnít at a computer, at least some of the time, where I could track my eating. I donít think my eating at the holiday meals themselves was a problem so much though, itís what came after the meals.
Desserts, treats, leftovers, whatever it was, if I had it available and it was a non-calorie tracking day, I ate it.
Forget portioning it. Forget freezing it. Itís hard to have those kinds of goodies available on days Iím tracking, so I ate them on my non-tracking days.
Well, needless to say I put on a few pounds. Nothing disastrous I would have to say, but still, I paid the price. I gained three pounds.
Iím back on track, tracking my calories and I know that I canít stop if I want to be successful. Or can I?
I ask myself that because I wonder, what will happen the next time eating holidays roll around? Will I be successful, or will I find myself experiencing the same weakness?
I have to conquer this, or every time I am thrown a curveball, Iíll risk screwing up.
Well, I guess that means that I canít just ignore the situation, I actually have to do something about it.
Yikes. Thatís scary.
What can be done? I donít know exactly, but I think I have to occasionally put myself in situations that require me to exercise my muscles Ė not my quads or gluts Ė rather my self control.
I have to have a strategy or something to get through these little challenges or Iíll be bugged by them every time they roll around. Who wants to worry about that when thereís so many other things that I could be doing to enjoy myself, like focusing on people Iím with rather the food thatís there or the food that I end up taking home.
Maybe I should learn to decline doggy bags, or learn to give that food away, or at least share it with someone. Maybe the rule of thumb is, that if I eat the food, I canít eat it alone. Actually, that sounds like a good idea. Iím less likely to eat too much if Iím eating all these sinful foods with someone else there.
So when am I going to have these unplanned food days? Well, this month a family member is having a birthday. I think that will be my first try at untracked eating since the holidays. Since itís not my birthday, thereís no reason for me to be taking home cake, so that should make it a little easier to avoid succumbing to any unnecessary temptations.
At least one good thing came out of the holidays besides the holiday experience with family and friends, and thatís simply that I didnít completely fall off track. I kept working out the whole time, no matter what was on my plate.