Tuesday, March 19, 2013
So I'm halfway to my goal - YAY!!
But being halfway there makes me realize more than ever that once I get there, I need a plan of attack to STAY there instead of returning right back to where I began. The problem is: I like food. I like cookies and cakes and pizza and burgers and donuts. So what do I do? How do I keep from gaining all these pounds back?
One option is to never, ever eat any of those yucky things again. Part of this plan isn't all that bad. Do I really need to eat Corn Nuts? Or drink whole milk? Probably not. I can get rid of these items from my diet.
But I don't think I can part 100% with cake. Or pizza. Or coffee. So what should I do?
One of the biggest things I want to focus on, post-weight-loss, is eating healthy ALWAYS but indulging OCCASIONALLY. Fruits and veggies and healthy meats are a must every day; MAYBE, a small treat at night (*A* cookie instead of 10 cookies, a scoop of ice cream instead of half the container).
The other thing I've thought about is alternatives. Vegan and vegetarian options are becoming more and more plentiful; instead of making fattening cookies with butter and milk, maybe I should pursue a vegan option.
For restaurants, I want to be adamant about portion control and avoid the bready products as much as possible. Bread sticks - avoid. The burger they serve you? Cut it in half, don't even TOUCH the other side (or have it boxed immediately).
And then of course, I want to keep a food journal of everything I put into my mouth. Then I can see what's going on and maybe keep myself on track.
My body goes, "No cookies ever again?! NOOOOOO!!!" But I know what I want - while I want to enjoy food, I do NOT want to be a slave to it!! I am hoping that by preparing ahead what I will do when I am at goal weight, I can succeed in staying at goal weight and continue to do the things I love while not completely giving up some of the foods I enjoy. As anything, it will be a balancing act, a struggle, but my health is MORE than worth it.