2 steps forward... 2 back
Saturday, March 01, 2014
I feel like I am making progress and then back stepping, making progress and then back stepping. I know the ingredients but it's not adding up right now! I am finishing my final 10 week internship of graduate school and have been living 2.5 hours away from my husband for the past 4 weeks. The first few weeks I gave myself some leeway to adjust to my new living situation and I did not track my food. I still tried to make healthy choices and watch my portions but I didn't measure everything and I didn't track. I also didn't bring my scale with me, but I have been home to visit 2 of the weekends. 2 weeks ago I had lost 2 pounds, but now I think I may have gained!
I have adjusted to my living situation and my schedule and with my adjustment and my 11 hour work days, I am turning to CARBS and CHOCOLATE. And I still have not gotten back to tracking. I usually go into dinner with the best intentions but one portion turns into three sometimes. I KNOW that I'm overeating, but the awareness doesn't seem to help. I try to fill up on veggies, but then I still overeat. One of the big issues is I eat way too fast and I always back for seconds because I don't allow myself time to digest.
On the positive side, I am eating a lot of veggies. I am getting a fair amount of protein. I have packed healthy snack options. I joined a gym between work and my house and I have been going about 3 times a week with hilly walks on my days off from the gym. It's hard to motivate myself to go to the gym after such long days, but I have been very proud of myself for the amount of times I've gone. I have been doing my weight workouts and slowly progressing the couch to 5k.
It is not easy to settle in to a totally new place for 10 weeks, so I do want to give myself a lot of credit for all the good things I'm doing. BUT the negative habits are outweighing the good right now so I'm going to shift the scale this week, in hopefully more ways than one!
-eat more slowly. CHEW. breathe. pause. CHEW. etc. When I'm done with one portion wait 20 minutes.
-veggie and high protein snacks.
-stick to my planned snacks at work and do not sample all the odds and end that turn up in the office. I love food but I do not need to try EVERYTHING I come across.
-even more veggies and less carbs with dinner to shift the carb/veggie balance.
-lots of water (which I'm good at!)
-one square of very dark chocolate if I feel like I really want chocolate.