5 Things I'm Doing Right
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Well, I've had some very slow progress here recently, but in the last week or so, my progress has picked up tremendously. So, I thought I would jot down a few notes on what I'm doing differently right now just in case I need a jump start in the future. Here's the game plan:
1. I'm waiting until I'm truly hungry in the mornings to eat.
I know the going wisdom is to never skip breakfast, and I normally try to have something, just out of habit or obligation, but I've noticed that if I wait until 9 or 9:30 when my appetite gets really revved up, I find it easier to control cravings throughout the day. Strange.
2. I'm mixing up my eating "end time".
I normally stop eating pretty early in the day -- no later than 4. I've trained myself to do this over the past year, because I find that my cravings really increase between 4 and 10 pm. I think my body's gotten used to it, so I decided to mix it up a bit and eat a little something later in the evening. It seems to be working.
3. I stopped drinking diet sodas.
They hadn't been adversely affecting me until the last couple of weeks, but I decided to cut them out for now, and just stick to diet green tea and water. I think it's really made a difference.
4. I'm learning to be more sensitive to the signal that my body has had enough to eat.
I've made a habit of pushing past that "politely full" feeling for years, and eating until I reach the "buzzed" feeling. It's the same thing that drug addicts and alcoholics go for. You're looking for a fix, and you know when you've gotten it. I try to remind myself to eat as though I'm eating food that I don't find delicious. I ask myself, "If it were dry broccoli and salmon, when would you stop eating?" That comes at about 65% full. I think I'm accustomed to eating to about 80% full.
5. I've stopped putting timeframes on my weight loss.
This is about the 50th time I've had to learn this lesson. Putting expectations on how quickly I should be losing is a form of self-sabotage for me. I do so much better when I just take the weight loss as it comes. I know how much I could lose, but the amount of weight I actually lose depends on a lot of factors. This is a growing, learning time for me. That is priority number one -- even above weight loss. If I don't retain what I'm learning, I'll have to learn it all over again, so I'm working on accepting that the process will take as long as it should. There's no point in being impatient with it. Being able to maintain your progress is so much more important than losing the weight quickly.
Okay, self. You hear that? These are the things we meditate on when we're feeling frustrated. Hopefully they'll help someone else too!