Creating My Own List of (Hopefully Successful) Strategies
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Sometimes I know I overthink things. I analyze, I consider, I re-hash. And sometimes that is good, other times it is not so good. And truth be told, I have no idea whether this latest brainstorm of mine, born of some over-analyzing overthinking, is a) a good idea; b) going to "stick;" or c) going to work. However, I can be a royal pain in the A-- (perhaps some of you who might be inclined to read my musings know this, many in my 3-D life do..). And I am driving myself crazy with this notion that I should have my own list of strategies that have tickled my fancy as I continue this journey.
Certainly, in my 52 years on this earth, at least 40 of which have been lived with the thought of losing weight, or keeping weight off, I have probably run into thousands of such strategies that I have thought I could use to help me in my battle. Some have worked, some have not. I don't have a list, per se, but this notion is forcing me to write about this topic. So, because I am a royal pain in the A-- to myself first, here I am writing.
Numbering seems to lend a sense of priority, but really, there is no priority, it's all about what my old brain can remember and when, so the numbers are just my own attempt to separate the thoughts.
In no particular order.....
1. (this wasn't going to be #1, but as I was writing the above it popped into my head and I thought I'd best write it so I don't forget it):
WHAT WORKS TODAY MIGHT NOT WORK TOMORROW, AND THAT'S OKAY.
Because we are in different places all the time. Because we are evolving creatures and we must stay one step ahead of ourselves. For example, I went though a period a couple of years ago when I felt I was winning the battle of avoiding night time eating by just going upstairs in my house right after dinner. Great idea, but really, who can do that indefinitely, and if you don't figure out what's causing the nighttime eating, aren't you eventually doomed to go back to it? So it worked for a while, and then not so much.
2. (again, something that popped into my head as I wrote the beginning of this blog):
THIS IS NOT, NOT, NOT A BATTLE, IT'S A WAY OF LIFE
"Battle" has a negative connotation, and who wants to be in the middle of all that negaativity all the time? This is not a battle, it's a way of life. I know, I know, not very original. But this is one of those outlook things, and I think that even though not all strategies work all the time, I do believe we have to own this one, forever. Because if we don't, we are doomed to "go off our diet" at some point in the future, and that won't do. Nothing easy about this one, at least not until we own it. Not saying it's easy to get to the point of owning it, but really, it's the only way to eventually succeed.
3. (and this is the one that has been haunting me, I have no idea why):
YOU CAN EAT ANYTHING YOU WANT. BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE THE BOX OUT OF THE CUPBOARD AND BRING IT INTO THE LIVING ROOM. YOU MAY TAKE ONE SERVING OUT OF THE BOX, WALK TO THE LIVING ROOM, SIT DOWN, AND EAT IT.
I think this is step one in controlling that night time, I want to eat everything in sight, out of control eating. You can have it, one serving of it. Seems to have worked for me in the last few days. I've stayed within my calorie range, and I have not had one of those evenings when I could not be satisfied.
4. (I stole this from a book I just read: "Say Hello to a Better Body," by (I'm so excited to say this!) my doctor, Suzanne Koven):
EAT LESS FOOD, and within it, another strategy: PREPARE YOUR PLATE ON THE COUNTER, AND BRING IT TO THE TABLE TO EAT, and within it, another strategy: PUT YOUR FORK DOWN BETWEEN EACH BITE, and within it another strategy, HAVE THAT GLASS OF WATER NEARBY AND SIP FROM IT OFTEN!
No sh!t Sherlock! But listen, again, it really, really seems to work. Fill the plate with veggies (especially the non-starchy ones), a little bit of rice or small potato, 4 oz of protein, some salad, and take it to the table. Eat slowely, pay attention to what you are doing, savor each bite, and more often than not, I believe, you will feel satisfied by the time you are finished.
All I can say is that these things have worked for me lately. Maybe I'm just ready for them to work, maybe I'm, as my friend Jennifer (JKPONYGIRL) happens to be right now, "in the zone."
No matter, I'm running with it, and I hope you are finding your own little strategies that are working for you to!!
Have a Sparky Day!!