Realization, and Struggle

Monday, September 03, 2012

emoticon I finally realized something yesterday, even though I have been reading it for years. That is the fact that skipping meals, eating snacks instead of real meals, and essentially starving myself does NOTHING to make those little numbers on my scale go down. Quite the opposite, in fact! Since retiring over 3 years ago I have gotten into this pattern of staying up late (midnight-ish), and consequently, sleeping late. I usually get up around 9:30. Not extremely late, but late by working-people standards. Since it can take up to a half hour to do my usual morning routine of pottying, washing my face, feeding the cat, brushing my teeth, taking my pills, getting dressed, & sometimes putting on a load of clothes to wash, it's mid-morning. Which means, it's technically not breakfast anymore, but not quite lunch. I'm not a morning person, so the idea of "cooking" a breakfast is not appealing to me. I gauge 11:00 as the start of lunch, which is when most restaurants do. So I will eat something like saltine crackers or buttered toast to get me through the “end-of-breakfast-and-start-of
-lunch” hour. Then it’s around 3:00 or 4:00 before I can reasonably eat "lunch". But…, and here's the real conundrum, my mind balks at the idea of eating dinner past 6:00. I think this stems from being raised to eat meals at a regular schedule. So, what do I do? I eat a snack – just to keep my stomach from growling. And sometimes I will eat another small snack around 9:00 because I’m hungry again.

I love to cook, but I live alone. Cooking means clean-up follows, and I hate to wash dishes. No, I don’t have a dishwasher. (I wish.) When I do cook, I make enough to have leftovers for a few days. But, again, there’s the problem of my screwed up dining schedule. When to eat the leftovers.

Sorry, I had to go around the block a few times too many to get to my point of realizing that I NEED to eat 3 meals a day in order to see those numbers fall. I’ve proven it to myself, but now I’m not sure how to accomplish it. I could start going to bed earlier, but that brings up another issue: I don’t want to. Not yet anyway. I like staying up late. So I guess I will just keep on keeping on until I can decide whether I like staying up late a lot more than wanting to lose weight. Seems like a no-brainer, but tell that to my brain.
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    Hi, although I'm a newbie I've already found the SP community very supportive and encouraging. Good luck!

    2091 days ago
    Lots of good ideas! Thank you.

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    2091 days ago
    I'm having trouble with my schedule too right now as I just moved so I'm not working, and my husband is working nights. I've found a schedule to be critical to my success though - I eat every three hours to avoid getting too hungry - and it sounds like you just need to embrace your schedule - whatever it is. If you like staying up until midnight or 1, just make that your bedtime. Plan your meal times, and plan for a snack after dinner if you're going to be awake for another six hours after you eat it.

    I hate dishes too - I'm trying to be encouraged by the quote, "If you can't get out of it, get into it" and make dishes fun. So far it's not working, but I'll let you know. :)
    2091 days ago
  • LAC936
    I've heard that you should eat like a king/queen for breakfast, prince/princess for lunch, and pauper for dinner.

    More than a third of your allotted calories should be at breakfast (to fuel you for the day), a third for lunch (to keep you going), about one-fourth for dinner (as you wind down your less active and require less calories), saving the balance for snacks.

    Dieting is one of the toughest challenges I've encountered. Good luck on your journey.
    2091 days ago
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