Sunday, August 25, 2013
I have absolutely nothing going on this week. For the first time in a long time, my calendar has lots of clear space. No lunch or dinner out with friends or family, no celebrations, no out-of-town trips, no events of any kind, nothing. Finally! In other words, I have nothing that will give me an excuse to not make healthy choices for the next seven days. What I have is a golden opportunity to work on tracking and staying within my calorie range with absolutely no distractions.
I have been working on this, just not with any great success for any significant length of time. A few days here, a week there, sometimes just a meal or two, sometimes the whole day, some days in my calorie range, most days not so much. But I am not giving up. I have gotten it right some of the days some of the time. I just need to keep at it and figure out how I made it happen at least some of the time and build on that.
When I am trying to develop a healthy habit, I have found that it helps if I can come up with a routine. I have my routine for exercise (every morning, same time), for drinking water (drink a glass before and after meals, and always have my water glass full, with a slice of lemon and a straw), and for eating more fruits and vegetables (1 fruit mid morning and 2-3 servings veggies at both lunch and dinner). Those habits, I feel confident, are here to stay.
My Achilles heel is just that darn keeping track of what I am eating each day and making sure that it stays within my calorie range most days. But there is no getting around the fact that this is a key factor for losing weight and keeping it off. I am quite capable of doing this. I have done it before for days and weeks at a time, so I know I can do this. I have just been allowing myself to accept one excuse after another for all the days when I donít track and stay within my range. I need to go back and focus on what I am doing TODAY, and not let myself believe for a minute that I really think I can wait until TOMORROW. That definitely has not been working for me.
The routine I want to establish for tracking is to track what I plan to eat each day the night before (though the morning of would also work in a pinch), but at the very least record BEFORE I eat it. My past practice indicates that this is the most successful pattern for me. I can always make adjustments as the day progresses, but as long as the general plan is there, I am better able to stick with it.
Of course, before I plan my meals for each day, I need to make sure that I have plenty of healthy options available. I have that covered. Ever since I read Michael Pollanís book, In Defense of Food, I have very little in the way of processed foods in my kitchen. I go to the Farmerís Market weekly, as well as receive a farm box each week, so I always have plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. I have chicken breasts, ground turkey, and pork tenderloin in the freezer, and no junk food anywhere in sight. Lucky for me, DH supports this effort. Bless his heart!
Truly, I have all the tools in place. I am so close. I just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other.