For me it's all about sugar.
Everywhere else, and at every other time of the year, I know that I cannot eat a lot of sugar and still feel well.
Easter and Halloween and the Christmas holidays are times when I would run into trouble, because I would allow myself to indulge in the candy and sweets that are so readily available during those times.
I understood that I would pay a price for eating them, and I usually did.
I would usually gain weight and have a day or two when I did not feel that well.
Somehow I never looked upon delicious summer fruits as being in the same category as candy and sweets.
I thought of fruits as being much more healthful and nutritious -- and I always ate generous amounts of fruit -- all summer long.
Every summer, I overate fruit.
But to prevent myself from feeling bad, I would just automatically then eat additional food -- mostly fats.
So then I overate other foods as well.
Add to that picture, that often I would start my day with crumb cake - and maybe have another piece during the day. Also, there was usually dessert being served -- either ice cream or pie -- or both.
That is why I always wound up putting on weight during the summertime.
So far this summer,
I am cutting out the sweets at breakfast.
And I no longer eat any fruits alone - only with a protein and/or fat
I am still enjoying myself and having lots of fun.
I am still enjoying delicious food -- including fruit and desserts.
The big difference is...
I am watching the scale go down.
If I don't gain weight this summer - it will be the very first time that has happened in a very long time.
NOTE TO SELF:
Keep doing what you are doing.
Continue limiting portion sizes.
Continue tracking food every day and staying within the calorie range.
Continue walking for an hour most days.
Do NOT relax your rules!
There will be no celebrating here!