Monday, March 25, 2013
Here I am, back again. I'd stopped using this site, and was just trying to make healthy decisions. I was doing well for a while. The past two weeks, however, I pretty much just said "forget it" and started eating large quantities of crap. So I guess I'm back here, let's say for a month, to log my food. Here's the plan:
1.) Log food. Try to eat well 5 days a week, one can be iffy, and I can have a day a week where I get a "me day." This means I'd still like to eat an appropriate quantity of food (I'm not always good at that) but I can pick foods that aren't as healthy as things I'm trying to eat on other days.
2.) Don't log exercise. In the past I've found I get WAY ocd about this whole thing, and it's ALL I can think about. If I try to make sure I get 4 days of good exercise a week, that sounds good to me.
3.) Be sure to get in my 8 glasses of water
The past "cycle" on this site for me seems to be: log ALL my food and run mental math calculations all day, every time I'm thinking about eating something, so I try to stay near the low end of my range. Also log ALL exercise, and start exercising A LOT more. The first 1-2 weeks I see weight loss, then I hit a plateau and get stuck, keep with it for another two weeks, usually see a pound uptick, then binge like crazy on something like cookies, or pizza, or donuts. Then get extraordinarily frustrated with myself and my "lack of self control."
I want to be healthy. I want to be able to go outside and go for that run, or do that multiday backpacking trip. I don't need to look like a magazine cover, and I'm not trying to look completely ripped. I have other things in my life that are more important than my body fat percentage or how big my biceps are. I think I just need to work on getting my food under control. Sometimes, and too often these past 2-3 weeks, I let food control me. I want to learn to view food as a tasty way to fuel my body, not as a constant treat to splurge on. I know i feel much better when I eat well, I just seem to have problems continuing to eat well and not sit down to 2/3 of a pizza with two beers.
So the short term goals: don't get obsessed with food; try to use SP as a way to make better choices. And we'll see how it goes...