Monday, June 24, 2013
Sunday has been my day off from diet/exercise for a little over a month now. I have been on a weight loss plateau since November of last year and thought that having a day when I didn't think about calories and portion control might make it easier, mentally, to stick with the low calorie range the rest of the week. What I found was that I still thought about calories on Sundays and tried to juggle what I wanted around so I could have it without going too far afield. Once it was apparent that it was possible to eat high calorie food if I just ate that and nothing else I started giving into my cravings more during the week.
That's not what I intended to achieve. I wanted to change me so that I could eat what I wanted any time I wanted because what I wanted to eat was what I needed to eat. In other words, the point is not to spend the rest of my life fighting down my cravings for unhealthy things but, rather, to change what I crave to things that are good for me so that I can give in to them.
So I'm no longer going to "take a day off" so that I can indulge my sweet, salt, fried food habits. Instead I'm going to stick to reforming those habits into healthy ones. Yesterday was a good day. I managed to put off a craving for chocolate until it went away by munching on blue berries and took care of a craving for sweets at bedtime with a cup of vanilla chai tea with milk and sweetener.