I've had a few challenges with food and I finally I decided to get serious a make a plan. My plan to get my food under control makes me feel strong!
1. I haven't been doing great with my food for a few months. Overall, I stay within range but too often because of last minute cutting of something I should eat because of something unplanned that I probably should have skipped.
2. Last week I realized that I had been craving food much more than normal for a while...even for me under stress and hormone fluctuations. I looked back at my tracker and found that we were eating much of the same things. We tend to batch-cook and then eat for the next few days. It makes life easier, but perhaps not as smart as possible.
3. Related to cravings and lacking variety, I've been thinking about food all the time. I realized the other day that I talk about food A LOT. I talk about it with friends, co-workers and my poor hubby (not sure if he's listening that much. LOL!). It's not that I'm craving ice cream, French fries, pizza or "bad" stuff...I think it's just that I want something different.
4. My calorie range has been barely ok for now and WAY TOO MUCH (200-500+) above where I'll need to be in a couple weeks when my exercise will be very limited (to none at least for a few days) after foot surgery. The thought of a sudden drop to a non-exercise maintenance level scared the heck out of me. That along with a double-stress-whammy of natural body-stress as my body heals and not enough good stress-busting cardio.
Last weekend I preplanned all of my meals for the week. We batched cooked and froze in meals-for-two sized portions. And we only ate any meal once or twice to keep a variety on hand. I printed a week of meal planning and left it on the counter so hubby and I could stay informed and on track. It was a tremendous help. It's great to get it all done and then go through the week with only minor adjustments.
We're trying new recipes and several are being added to our rotation (sorry for not posting results and pictures, but I will get to it. And our cauliflower was bad so we weren't able to make another try at the cauliflower-cheese-garlic-"bre
ad" but it's on the list for another try next weekend.)
We're doing more batch-cooking this week, some of it for variety and some to stock up to help us while I'm recovering.
I have our food planned and tracked as much as possible this week and I'm looking forward what is planned.
As an unexpected bonus I feel settled and I hope this naturally slows my cravings, food-thinking and food-talking.
We'll see how well I do this week. I have given myself room because I don't want to go too low and I'm exercising enough that I need to make sure I don't cut too low (not that my tummy will let that happen without a bunch of screaming for food reminders).
My next plan is to review what we've been eating to determine how much is processed. I believe we do a "good job" cooking and eating whole food; however when I look the % processed food of my total calories, I believe there is room for improvement.
I am also working on exercise plans and I'm actually looking forward to the challenge of staying as "active" as possible without use of one foot. My list and plans are growing and while I know it won't be the same level of activity as current, I know these options will make me successful. I feel strong about it.
I feel positive and like I have a will so I am finding the way(s). It's nice to really feel that "will" come back strong. Now, let's see some results on the scale!
Have a wonderful and on-track week!