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I Once Was So-So-So in Control

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Although this may not be the profound words I promised, I feel like typing. I've got eating things to think about.

Yesterday I was feeling so-so-so very in control. I'd completed almost a month on SparkPeople and not gone over my calorie, carb, fat or protein targets. I bragged that I no longer had any "Red Light foods," Weight Watcher speak for foods you need to eliminate or have only in safe environments (such as a portion controlled amount in a restaurant). After all, there is candy, ice cream, several kinds of nuts, and plenty of delicious whole grain bread that I love with real butter right in my home. None of it derailed me.

However, last eve I had trouble getting to sleep. I thought I was hungry. Maybe I was. I got up. I looked at my tracker and saw that I had less protein than usual and more carbs. I ate deli turkey and cheddar cheese. It had been months since I had full fat cheddar cheese. I did eat less than one ounce of cheese and several ounces of turkey. Then I had to finish off a delicious-looking ripe pear -- and it was delicious. Then I had a 25 calorie hot chocolate.

Well, I went over my calories by 20, over carbs, and over sodium by a mile. I no longer felt so-so-so very in control. Eating at 2 am is nothing to be proud of. I usually weigh every morning. This morning I "forgot." By tomorrow it probably won't show up on the scale.

What did I learn? Be sure to eat enough protein. When I've just had the minimal protein I shouldn't have the maximum carbs. Eat enough healthy fats, too. I could have had more and probably would not have been hungry. Try to stay in bed and don't go to the kitchen in the middle of the night.

I'm not beating myself up. I know you don't have to be perfect to succeed, just determined. And I am determined. However, I'm not bragging today about being so in control. I just got a reminder that this eating thing will undoubtedly always be a challenge for me. But I intend to keep fighting the good fight. After all, I am one of an army of SparkPeople taking on body fat!

Is that profound enough?
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    I enjoy your blogs because you seem so sensible, good humoured and determined.

    20 calories over your limit is very marginal and you could work it off very quickly with a few minutes of moderate walking. In fact, how many calories would you have worked off by getting up and wandering about?! Did you have to go up any stairs?

    It's great that you're even aware of what you've done and have put strategies in place to learn from it. We all have hungry days and sometimes we all just give in.
    3547 days ago
    I enjoyed your blog. I think we all have red light days — I just wish I could get them to be only 20 calories over! I think you are doing a great, great job!
    3548 days ago
    Profound enough for me!

    Sometimes when I feel hungry, I take a Zantac. More often than not it is just gas in my stomach I think and the Zantac takes away the hungry feeling.

    A rolaids or tums could also be tried.

    But sometimes you really are just hungry and then eating is the right thing to do. 20 calories over is not a big deal. You are doing great!
    3548 days ago
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    You're lucky being able to sleep after eating cheese! emoticon
    3548 days ago
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