Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Day 5, still tracking, and reflecting on how I can improve. Well, it has been a smooth week so far, and I haven't run into any obstacles to success. However, next week I have several things coming up – three meals out and a dinner party at my house. Improving on my success this week means that I need to stay focused and committed to tracking next week, despite the challenges.
My past excuse for not always tracking the meals I have out was that I couldn’t be accurate enough. Translation: it doesn’t matter what I eat, I can’t count it anyway. My plan now: ditch the perfection attitude, check the menu and make a plan before I go, add to my meal planner, stick with the plan, and keep moving forward. I have done it before. I know it can be done. I just have to be consistent in my efforts.
The dinner party issue is a bit more challenging. Translation: I really want no restriction on my choices for this occasion. Of course, when I have used that “just this once” mentality in the past, I tend to get completely derailed and off track for days or weeks. Now, more than ever, I need to stick with my tracking. Here is my plan: I know what will be served (I am the one doing the cooking after all!), I am going to make choices about what I really want to eat, I am going to record it BEFORE the party (even if it clearly goes over my calorie range for the day), adjust my calories earlier in the day and keep to the low end of my calorie range for one day before and one day after. There is nothing I can't have, but, as long as I am tracking it, I can be mindful of what I am eating, and, thus, more sensible in my choices and my portions. That is a plan I can live with.
Continuing to plan, as well as consistently and honestly tracking NO MATTER WHAT - those are the things I need to do in the coming week to improve upon what I have accomplished this week.