Plan When I Slip Up (will be many)
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
It is very important to me to be ready for times when I consume excess calories. The more the excess, the more I have to have a clear plan. The days from May 2-17 were and are full of meals outside the home and the Mothers Day holiday. I ate between 2500-3000 calories on the average each day and to top that off I had less time to exercise than usual. So, I have gained between 1 and 1 ½ lbs since last week's WI.
First, I will remind myself that I CAN do this based on my recent track record. I have given up consuming a liter or more of diet soda every single day. I have been willing to break out of my usual exercise routines to branch out into new areas. I started Stott Pilates and hope to join a Zumba class this Friday! The timing was fortuitous, I qualify for a senior discount. Otherwise taking a class would be out of the question. I am one who benefits from an actual class; I tend to underperform when using dvds, etc.
Next, I have to reflect on what has been my undoing for almost seven decades- when I start a binge I give up and continue that binge. That resulted in my gaining back anything I worked hard to lose and then some. That demon still lurks and I have to fight it down hourly.
Thirdly, I have to make sure I purge my kitchen of unhealthy foods and make conscious purchases of groceries. Fruit and certain vegetables help me feel full and help me get over my almost constant “fake hunger”. Sweet potato, mango, and watermelon are the most helpful. I am saving to my Favorites recipes for coming warmer weather. I like to minimize use of my range and oven, and do the opposite in the winter.
NEXT, THE MOST VALUABLE TOOL FOR ME:
I have a calendar with big spaces devoted to food and exercise. I highlight each date I know I will be eating away from home. May is the most highlighted month of the year so far! When I am at home and tempted to eat over my plan, all I have to do is study that calendar to see how unwise that would be. I must note here that I love “social eating”, that is enjoying food with friends and loved ones. I like to be able to do that without a guilty conscience or feelings of dread of scale consequences. I bank such days by sticking to the healthiest plan I can think of on normal days and avoiding eating out on non-social days. It is a huge task timewise to do all this but I totally need to because yes, I am a lifelong food addict and need to treat myself like an addict. People like my husband never have to do such things, but thank goodness he understands when I tell him I need to!