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When self control is out of control

Sunday, September 02, 2012

So the biggest problem I have is eating. I'm good at exercising; I LIKE to exercise! Just now, for example, rather than give in to the fridge-rooting snack attack, I went for a bike ride. Now, I don't often do that... today was an example of a superlative moment inspired by Sparkcoach. It was even less exercise and more fun!

But realistically, the reason I haven't lost more weight than I have is I eat too much. NEver enough to gain weight, really (I tend to naturally eat a maintenance, now that I'm more aware of what I eat) but without a weight-loss deficit.

So I emailed Sparkcoach and asked for some advice, and I really, really like the response I got. Basically, the suggestion was to focus on the one or two foods that I have trouble with. I've noticed that when I eat pasta for lunch or skip breakfast, I tend to make poorer choices later, or I'm more likely to snack. I love pasta though, so what do I do?

I think what I need to do is focus more on balanced nutrition. Pasta's just fine... it's good for me, I usually eat whole wheat. But by itself, it's not enough to really keep me full. So I'm going to work on always adding a salad, and heavier amounts of protein to go with it. I want to up my veggie count; perhaps add a can of spinach to my pasta sauce? I have a good alfredo recipe with chicken, but I can definitely add some more veggies to it. Maybe some roasted tomatoes or peppers.

Yesterday I actually even juiced up my ramen noodle cup by adding a can of peas and carrots to it!

We're a little tight on the budget side right now (I was supposed to get paid Friday, but the labor day weekend means I'll get paid on Tuesday) so I'm struggling to provide food for everyone, much less healthy food for me.

So my action plan is going to be to focus on augmenting or replacing my problem foods (I love zucchini pasta, so I can either mix or replace pasta with that) and then once I have that in order, I need to focus on managing my stress levels. It's dialed up to 11 around here, with school, my husband's health, and the addition of more responsibilities through church (I've temporarily taken up my old job as webmaster while they find someone else), the ramping up of the NaNoWriMo preparation season... I'm just about ready to lose my mind.

So I want to invite you to join me in a September challenge. I'm going to focus on one problem area at a time, and eliminating those, so that I can take on the next three months (generally the toughest, most stressful months of the year for me) head on, and get this weight loss challenge in gear!
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    You said you're a little tight in the budget right now. What can you do to change that and make it easier for you to afford the food your body needs? Do you coupon? How about buy in bulk? Can you buy extra when foods are on sale then freeze, dry, or can them so you have some available later without paying more? How about comparing prices between stores to get the best deal? It's late in the season, but how about visiting a farmer's market? If you're incredibly tight you could consider visiting a food shelf to get just a few items to tide you over.

    Being under a lot of stress is also very difficult on the body. What can you do to ease that a little? Lowering your stress might help you eat healthier (not craving comfort foods), which will help you have the energy to exercise more, which will help lower your stress.
    2087 days ago
    I take it one day at a time and do it like I'm playing a game. I figure out how much I can eat and of what kinds of foods. As the day goes on it gets more focused as I run out of calories I can intake and have to find the right foods to balance out my day. In the end, I WIN. Keep the faith.
    2087 days ago
  • BILL60
    Super plan!! Good luck.
    2087 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan. Keep at it!
    2087 days ago
    Sometimes the best thing you can do is just pick one or two things. It is more manageable and realistic.

    I am going to join you with an eating goal. I have gotten TERRIBLE at eating my stash of mini chocolate bars at work. This past week has been horrible and I have been emotionally eating. I know the solution would be to get rid of the chocolate, but it isn't even supposed to be for me! I give them out occasionally when the children go above and beyond. SO my goal is to STOP eating the chocolate. I can have one a week. No more. I did buy some chewy toffees that are 25 calories each, so I can have ONE of those if I need something sweet!
    2088 days ago
    You're not alone in the high stress department, and that's when I fall off my schedule and all hell breaks loose for me, too.
    Have been listening to podcasts while driving to the counties I work with, and have heard some really interesting things about fat loss. One of the podcasts talks about how important nutrition is in the overall scheme of things, and at the beginner level only about 5% of the focus (maximum) should be on exercise - nutrition is a minimum of 95% of the battle. They go so far as to say that at peak, only 20% of it is about exercise, so the nutrition part - the part I struggle with most of all - will ALWAYS be the most important component.
    The 2 podcasts are free at iTunes and they are "Cut the Fat podcast" and "The Smarter Science of Slim".
    I think that while I may have been meeting calorie goals in the past, I'm not making sure that I'm making the choices that have the biggest impact on fat loss. So, once again, I'm tweaking and re-focusing and am going to give the high quality protein, low starch carbohydrates a shot.
    Good luck to you in your anti-stress endeavors - hang in there!
    The exercise has to help with the stressors at any rate!
    2088 days ago
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