Thursday, March 13, 2014
This a little ( a lot?) overdue seeing how it is now day 6 of Week 2 but I wanted to stay true to my goal of journaling twice a week and reflecting on a weekly basis.
Week 1 was a little rough food and exercise wise. My only goal food wise was to eat under 1500 calories. My assumption was to stay away from words like 'can't', 'not on the diet' and 'restriction' because I've always thought that if I abstained, I would turn into a rage monster or at the very least start feeling like I was in a food famine.
This is an aside but food famine is very a interesting concept. In her Martha Beck's book 'The 4 Day Win," she states, "[When we diet] we are putting our bodies and our very deep, unconscious brains in the position of believing there is a famine." Boy, does that resonate with me!
Back to my 1st week, well I wanted to avoid this so I thought moderation was the way to go and it was okay. Until day 3 when I bought cheese to make eggplant lasagna (which is low cal and delicious!). However, cheese is and will probably always be a trigger food for me- a fact which I ignored at the time. That was the beginning of my downfall (it also didn't help that I was PMSing-sorry for the TMI!). Fast-forward a few days and I was eating off the rails, and a lot of it was just ooey gooey cheesy goodness.
To make a long story short, I weighed in on Saturday and had the audacity to be surprised when I saw a big fat goose egg.
Thankfully all my deep emotional digging the week before came in handy. I was able to take a step back and see the big picture and sit down and figure out how best to move foreword.
As difficult as it was, I decided that I need to say good bye to my trigger foods, at least for now. I'm doing the Paleo 30 day challenge and its been a really fun journey so far. I've been cooking more and trying new foods. I had a really crazy food craving in the middle of the night but I was able to redirect myself-made a yummy deconstructed BLT with some hummus and went back to bed.
From the aspect of exercise, I only exercised twice last week and this week isn't shaping to be much better. I'm not really worried about this since food has usually been my biggest challenge when it comes to a healthy lifestyle.
I'll reflect more on this week after Saturday's weigh in (Spoiler Alert-I peeked and its looking fantastic!).
Take care everyone,