Thursday, May 23, 2013
Tonight my son, his wife, and our two grandkids arrive from out of town to stay with us until Monday. I love having them with us, but I don't like what usually happens to my eating when they come.
Whenever I have our family staying with us, there is always a disruption to my Sparking routine and eating behavior. Food becomes a bigger part of life. I must stock the house with lots of food - including snacks - for everyone, and I prepare and serve three meals a day.
(When it's just my husband and me, we eat less formally, less often, and smaller amounts than when we have the kids and grandkids with us.)
Also, when the kids are here, my days are filled with lots of activities with the grandkids. As much as I love it, I do get tired; and when that happens, I tend to reach for food to keep my energy up. Also, I donít usually take out the time to walk each day. Iím sure, though, that lifting the kids and playing with them does burn up some calories.
Right now my scale is about to go below a benchmark that I have been working toward for quite a while. I don't want to lose any ground here. In fact, I would LOVE to lose that pound this weekend, as we move toward the summer and beach season.
So, my purpose for writing this blog is to come up with a strategy for the coming days.
First, let me be realistic about my goals. I wonít expect to shed that pound this weekend, but I can aim to NOT GAIN any weight.
Also, I expect that I will probably eat beyond my calorie limits at some point during this long weekend. However, I will take the time to track my food each day, so I will be very aware of it when I do.
I will also weigh myself each morning. That will help to keep me vigilant. (Thereíll be no sticking my head in the sand until after they leave.)
I will be sure to have lots of healthful foods for snacks that I can eat when I reach for something.
I will plan meals that are built around a protein and contain lots of vegetables. (Today is the day I will plan meals and shop for food.)
If they all go off for a while without me, I will use the time to either rest up or to take a walk.
One more thingÖ. I realize that what I often do is immerse myself completely in a situation (or even with a person). I lose myself.
Actually, that is a quality that I like about myself. It allows me to experience something fully. And I especially love doing that with my grandkids.
But, I cannot do it any more when it comes to food-- I must always be aware of what I put in my mouth.
Okay. Thatís my plan.