Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I hear people in my weight watchers group talk about 'cheat days'. I don't have Cheat Days.
Why? Its not because I never go "off plan" or eat things that others might consider "forbidden" foods. I have french fries occasionally, chocolate on a semi-regular basis, have cheese as part of my regular diet. Some days I have three meals and no snacks, and others I graze all day. I'm still working on meal planning more than a day or two in advance.
But I'm still losing weight, so I'm doing something right. I decided when I started this journey that I wasn't going to go on a diet. Yes, the inital phase is losing weight, but the end goal is forming sustainable eating habits. So I decided that I wasn't going to deprive myself of anything if I really wanted it. What I need to learn is proper portion control and how to distinguish being hungry from being bored, not to mindlessly eat what's in front of me, and develop the habit of cooking for myself on a regular basis rather than just take the 'easy' way and order in or rely on frozen dinners. I also need to build a habit of exercise - of moving more and not just sitting on my butt all day and night.
I am working on those habits. The biggest hurdle that I still need to work on is meal planning and I need to keep up the excersize habits I've started so they don't fall by the wayside. But, portion control is coming along. With the nutrition tracker I'm much more mindful of what I'm eating, and I haven't had a mindless graze on anything in weeks. If I have a non-veggie or fruit snack (like today, when I had ritz bits cheeze crackers), I know exactly what I'm eating and how much its counting against my daily calorie totals. I don't feel deprived or starved or anything - and that means I am pretty confident I can keep doing this for the long haul.
So. I can't cheat. There is nothing to cheat with. And that means no guilt, and therefore I have completely negated this excuse to stop: "well, I screwed up, so why continue".