Monday, March 18, 2013
Moderation has never been my strong suit and I've often operated at one end of the spectrum or the other. I've frequently joked that I'm both an extreme Type A and an extreme Type B wrapped up into one person. Part of my process of successful weight management has been learning to moderate both of those tendencies to finally arrive at a happy medium that, until the past few years, had always eluded me. I've been successful to a large degree, but am also cognizant of where my weaknesses lie and aim to continually improve them. With my second year on maintenance underway, I've decided that this is the area where I'd like to focus my efforts in the coming year.
The biggest area where I feel like I can improve is with my daily food balance. As I was losing weight and throughout my first year of maintenance, I "banked" calories throughout the week so that I could enjoy a truly indulgent meal once a week. Although this strategy has generally worked well for me in the sense that I've been successfully maintaining for over a year, I'm beginning to feel dissatisfied with just how low in calories I have to stay the rest of the week to compensate for my free-for-all Saturdays. What's more, there have been more than a few occasions where my indulgent meals have been so indulgent that I've literally felt sick from them. In my mind, this totally defeats their purpose. I've always felt that treats are something to be looked forward to and enjoyed without guilt. But it's hard to fully enjoy and not feel guilty about a treat when you've taken it to an extreme and are actually in physical pain from it.
This is a fairly long-standing habit of mine and I know that it will take some time to modify. To achieve a greater balance, I plan to begin by cutting out one thing from my weekly treat meal and upping my daily calorie minimum by 50 calories. Since it's usually dessert that seems to put me over the edge, that seems like the logical thing to cut for now. My goal is that by this time next year is that I will have been able to add 200-300 calories to my daily budget by appropriately scaling back my treat meal. I think this will go a long way in making me feel more balanced and will allow me to get much more enjoyment not only out of my daily meals, but also out of my treats.
Wish me luck!