Wednesday, January 16, 2013
It's been one week and I've been feeling pretty good. I still crave sweet things after almost every lunch and dinner, but sugar free gum has become a good friend to get through those cravings. I'm finally starting to get all my 8 glasses of water in and have continued to be surprised with how few calories I've been eating when I track my food. The South Beach Diet seems to really be clicking for me, kind of combining the low carb way of eating that I enjoyed in the past without the overindulgence in saturated fats that concerned my partner.
Yesterday morning I got on the scale to check in for my weekly update and I lost 10 pounds in the first week!! Totally crazy and I am not expecting that to continue, especially when I start putting fruit and grains back into my diet. I'm really looking forward to having oatmeal and some other items back in my weekly repertoire.
My next focus will be on incorporating exercise more regularly. I made it to the gym the other night for the first time since the holidays. It was crowded with other resolutioners (and I'm a little down on myself for becoming one of them) but I have to admit that it felt good to have burned some calories (on the elliptical) while watching the tv show I would have watched at home anyway.
My first hiccup came this afternoon. Our monthly staff meeting involves breakfast, generally muffins and fruit juice from Costco. Of course, none of this fits into my current eating plan, so I made sure to eat a good breakfast before I went in to work and had my water bottle, snacks, etc. I was fine until later morning when I went to grab my snack of string cheese and nuts, and we had apple danish left over from the meeting sitting out on the break room table. I can clearly remember the thought process - justifying that it was okay to splurge since I have done so well for a week and lost so much already. I didn't have a whole danish - at least I can control myself that much - and the half danish that I had tasted sweeter than I expected, although quite delicious. I don't really know how to track it since there's no nutritional info that I can find, but I found a substitute to at least give me something to remind myself what I did and give me an idea of what kind of affect it has on my daily info. I am surprised that I didn't go back and have the other half after lunch. I know there are going to be times when I choose to splurge, and I think this was probably too soon in my new way of life to try it, but I think even more than that, this is helping me to see that I need to find other ways of rewarding myself. I'm so used to food being used for celebrating, rewarding, comforting, etc. and if I allow it, I'll be able to justify all kinds of splurges that will sabotage what I'm trying to accomplish. Ideas for other big and little rewards?