I don't blog much about the eating side of things, because that mostly goes routinely for me. The tricky part is adjusting the calorie range appropriately, and I've managed to do that well enough to make the weight move sideways for the past year:
Edited to add: The graph has shrunk enough to be hard to read, but the weight scale on the left runs from 156 to 164 pounds. The actual high weight during this period was 163.4, and the low was 158.8. The dates range from May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013. The goal is to stay in the 160-163 range, which I mostly did.
My first year on SP, my eating habits changed dramatically. Calorie dense foods got squeezed out, I learned to deal with fresh produce, and I ate a lot more healthfully. The changes haven't been as dramatic lately as in the first year, but they haven't stopped. What I've noticed is, the attitudes have changed more than the behaviors.
This week I've noticed a change in attitude toward free food. Free food has been one of my weaknesses. I've told myself many times that free food can be too expensive, but I always had to be aware of the dangers and think about it.
This week, I'm still aware of it; but the correct decision is more natural than it was a few months ago. Example: There was free pizza after the 5K on Sunday. I saw it, and told myself to ignore it. When I showed my daughter where the food was, I told her I needed to ignore the pizza. And I did, and I didn't feel tempted in the least to see if I could fit a slice of pizza into the day's food plan. Further, I was content with a half bagel, Greek yogurt, and a smallish banana . . . which is exactly what I had planned to eat after the race.
Today there was a Taco Bell incident. I have a serious Taco Bell habit, but I eat the same thing there every time: A gordita supreme, a fresco chicken soft taco, and a diet Pepsi (no refill). It's not the best 460 calories in the world, but it fits in the food plan.
Today my fresco soft taco came as beef. If I were in a hurry, I'd eat it anyway and record it. I wasn't in a hurry, so I got the staff to get me a fresco chicken soft taco. Their custom is to let customers keep the mistakes for free.
Now, it happens that today I adjusted my calorie range upward in honor of being below my desired range and the forward looking prognosis of being able to run more. I had 200 calories unallocated for the day. I went so far as to look up the fresco beef soft taco; it's 180 calories. I gave that free taco all of 15 seconds consideration, and decided that wasn't what I wanted to spend my spare calories on. It went into the trash, and it wasn't particularly hard to put it there. I'm happier with an apple and a banana in the evening that wouldn't have fit if I had eaten that taco.
I still need to be vigilant about recording food and watching portion sizes, and I still need to eat to target ranges. But some of the small decisions to accomplish this are easier than they used to be, to the point that the default decision is to be healthy, and sometimes in a way (such as pitching free food) that would have been unimaginable two years ago.