Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Yes, I am a picker. A food picker. A 'that little bit won't really count' person. As soon as the fridge is open I'm there. Or an open packet of crisps 'just the one won't hurt' or a sliver of lemon drizzle cake. Or a mouthful of juice.
Do I track it? Sometimes. If I think I have been really bad but generally not. I assume as my general calorie intake is quite low then it doesn't really matter all that much...
But it does. I know on a rational level it does. It has to.
So why do I do it? Habit? Emotional eating ' I've been so good that just a little Tate of this wont really hurt' ' I deserve a little treat and its not really that much'
And so on and so forth...
How much damage does it do? I don't know. I think it would be naive to think it has no effect. I've lost 14 lb in six weeks with this habit so perhaps not a great deal. However why am I worried about it now.
I think complacency has set in. After losing a stone do I feel I can relax a little ? What about my goal? How will an increase in picking affect my goal of losing 7lb this month?
Realistically it won't help ne towards my goal. So I need to do something about it. But what can I realistically do? Th are two types of picking. The intentional and the unintentional. The unintentional is the time when there is no forethought. Suddenly I just find my self popping the extra cheese in my mouth. And then th is the intentional when the self sabotaging thoughts (a LA Beck) kick in. A little bit won't hurt etc etc.
So I will work on the intentional as I think they are easiest to deal with. I need to win over the thought process. The question is 'do you REALLY want to do this?'
Are you hungy? How long is it since you've eaten? Half an hour?! Hmmmm
How long is it til you next eat? A couple of hours? In that time will you starve to death without that mouthful of chocolate? !
To give myself some leeway I think I will consider kicking at raw fruit and veg as ok in small doses. Anything else will need to be analysed and internally discussed as to whether it will help my goals or not.
And to stop lying on my food tracker......
The extra food probably does not add up to any more than 200 cals max which keeps me in my spark goal but I want to be down in the 1200 - 1300 and the is no room for this habit.
So lets see if I can break this unhelpful habit