Friday, March 22, 2013
I don't consider myself a procrastinator, ordinarily. Sure, I do like a lot of people and push off stuff until a later date, but I am pretty good about not waiting until the last minute.
Unless it deals with food.
Before Weight Loss (BWL), this wasn't the case. I had no idea what I would be eating on any given day nor when I would be eating. I typically didn't eat breakfast because I felt too sick to my stomach in the morning to eat anything. But lunch and dinners were like a card game - I never knew what I was going to pick. Would I bother to pack a lunch the day before? Would I bother to spend 5 minutes packing a lunch the morning of? Probably not - oh well, Panera Bread is open and they are "healthy" (nevermind that I never got the apple and always went for the chips; nevermind that I often added a sweet treat for 99 cents).
Crap, it's dinner time! I don't have anything that I really want to make into dinner in the fridge (and often - oh, well, Dairy Queen is on the way home. They have a super cheap $5 meal. And it's not the worst I could have because I do small fries!
One small choice doesn't mean much; so I forget to pack a lunch one day. Big deal. The problem is when it is not a single incidence - forgetting to pack a lunch, going out with coworkers/friends for lunch, etc. - but a constant, daily activity.
Now during weight loss (DWL), I plan out my meals days in advance. I have Ziplock baggies with the meals I will eat for the day, and I eat every 2 - 3 hours. I constantly have veggies in the fridge, ready for eating. I make sure to have chicken or tuna or turkey patties ready for cooking as well. I never have to wonder what I'll be eating and when; I *KNOW*. I don't have to complain about not having food available; I *DO*,.
The best thing for me was when I stopped procrastinating - stopped waiting until I had no choice but to eat out and choose whatever suited my fancy. Planning ahead has made me successful and kept me away from temptation.