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The Magical Power of the Human Mind, plus Day -6

Thursday, September 26, 2013

So, I didn't end up doing ST. I failed in my part of the plan that goes "Pay attention to the clock and leave at 5pm"... But otherwise my day was pretty good. I actually ended up eating less for dinner than I tracked - partly because I wasn't really hungry for the last bit - it was just a "treat" - partly because I looked at the clock and it was almost 9:30, and I was like "hmm, that's kind of late to be eating sugar I don't really need, maybe" and partly because husby reminded me of the Treat A Day rule.

It's not really a RULE that we have, it's more of... I'm a crazy person. I have insane fears that my poor hypothetical children are hypothetically going to have weight problems like mine or even worse, and hate me for saddling them with my crappy genetics and even worse habits. So whenever I run across anything on the subject of kids, food, and nutrition, I read it as voraciously as a rabid honey badger that's been kept in a box without food for six weeks.

So I read this blog called "It's Not About Nutrition" which has soothed me greatly on the subject of panic attacks and my hypothetical future offspring (HFO!). So I was telling husby about it. The main thing is to teach good habits rather than obsess over how nutritious, or not, every bite going in their mouths is. One of the ideas is to diffuse the whole "you have to eat this much broccoli before you can have dessert" thing by just switching up the whole concept. Instead of bribing with dessert, every day they can have one treat. It's their choice of what and when, but if they eat their treat for breakfast (donut) they don't get a cookie after dinner, even if everyone else is having one.

Anyway. So husby had a cookie, and I asked him if he wanted a Reeses cup. I have a 2 pack of them in the freezer but I haven't gotten around to eating them yet. (The plan was always for me to eat one, and him to eat the other one. I just hadn't told him this.)

He said "No, I already had my treat for the day." And I was like.... *DING!!!* We can use these rules NOW. Like, on OURSELVES. And it will probably make us both healthier, plus make it second nature to apply them to HFO. WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT???

Husby is wise.

I will probably use this in conjunction with the whole "fit what you love in" thing I already do - rather than denying myself stuff I love, just have it in portion controlled amounts, pre-determined by how many calories I have available that day. But it's an interesting concept, and goes well with another from the blog about eating what you love, not what you have. Like if you want a treat, but the only thing in the house is something you don't LOVE, don't eat that! If you're going to use calories on sugar and whatever, make it something you LOVE. Both of these things I think should be super helpful in helping me pass up junk and sweets at work, parties, other people's houses, etc.

This is where the power of the mind comes in. I have this idea that I'm weak or I can't convince myself to do things, but I do it all the time. I use the power of my mind when running. There's part of my mind that thinks I'm more tired than I really am, that tells me to stop, to walk, to go home. I always tell it "I've felt much worse doing much less." and then I run another minute, or block or whatever. Because it's true! I had some truly miserable moments my first time through Couch to 5k; I try to remember them when that Blerch part of my mind is trying to convince me this is Just Too Hard.

Also helpful this morning - came up from the shower to get dressed (post-running!) and there was some sort of huge bug on the bedroom heater. UGH. Why do they always surprise you in the bedroom when you're naked??? rude and intrusive! Quit it, bugs! So I was debating squishing it (mean but sometimes necessary) or catching it and plopping it out the window to creep another day.

I was started to feel twitchy about trying to pick it up, or squish it and miss, when I realized 2 things:

1) what's the WORST that could happen? This was either a stink bug or some kind of cricket. Not a bitey thing. It might crawl on me? And that might feel creepy? Big whoop.

2) I handle cockroaches EVERY DAY AT WORK. This is a true fact - Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. They are huge. They crawl on me and hang on to my fingers with their pointy little feet and tap me with their antennae. Sometimes they get freaked out and run across the table - or up my arm - and I have to catch them and put them back in the bin. Why am I squirming about a bug that might crawl on me??? Bugs crawl on me EVERY DAY. It's FINE.

I mean.... derp much?

The bizarre double edged sword of the power of the mind. How could I both forget I touch bugs every day, and also be so afraid of something so silly (which I DO EVERY DAY)???

Once I used the power of my mind in the OTHER direction, I scooped up the odd little bug and dropped him out my 3rd floor bedroom window with no issues.

I can do the same thing with diet/exercise. I talk myself into stuff all the time. I talk myself OUT of stuff all the time. I've been doing it my whole life.

It should be just as easy to talk myself into not feeling sad about not eating (whatever junk) as it was to talk myself into picking up a bug. I'm sure there have been plenty of days in my life when I didn't eat any dessert, or candy, or whatever. I don't remember any of them as being especially traumatic. The only way sitting around feeling deprived and sad because I can't have 5 oreos with a glass of milk every day is if I let myself think about it all the time, and decide that it's a sad thing.

I'm going to do my best to remember this, and use it to my advantage. It's just like touching a bug, people!

Rambling over. Stats time!

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***~**Suck-Free October Pregame 7**~***

Day -6

Days all food tracked: 2/7
Days in calorie range: 2/7
Days under 2000 calories: 2/7
Protein over 90g for the day: 1/7
Fiber in range: 1/7
Took vitamins: 2/7

Cups of water: 11
Total cups of water: 22

Fruit & Veggie servings: 7
Total F/V in October: 15

Workout days: 1
Strength training days: 0

Personal Challenges:

A1: 2 (met)
A2: 15 (met)

B1: 2/2 (woot!)
B2: 2/2
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I JUST missed fiber for the day, by like 2g. My afternoon snack plan got all thrown off and I ended up eating toast at home waiting for dinner to be ready, hence the low protein.

Today's run was good. Slightly lower mileage because I forgot one of my loops, but I was working on endurance today, so eh. Doing speed on Saturday, endurance again Monday. We'll see how I do next Sunday for the race...
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    I love your blogs great analogy I will try to remember that from now on.
    2784 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12383123
    Ok, first of all, I am clicking the thumbs up on your blog because I like you and the way you write. Second of all...
    A bug in your room while you are naked???? Eff that! You need to burn the house down chicky!
    I don't do bugs, that's my beau's job. And I REALLY don't do cockroaches, that is one thing that I don't miss from Louisiana...they FLY there!!!!!


    ther than that, I LOVE the one treat a day idea!
    2787 days ago
    LOL! I'll answer here this time since I figure EVERYONE is going to ask: I handle various animals (including cockroaches!) as part of educational programs for kids.

    2787 days ago
    GAH! What is your JOB?!

    I like the one treat a day thing, it's a great idea!
    2787 days ago
  • MINEA999
    What do you do for work that you handle cockroaches on a regular basis?

    This whole 'treat a day' concept is exactly what I've been employing for myself for a while. I really does work if you can get a handle on it. Most of the time my treat is a peanut butter cup. But sometimes, I'll want a cookie earlier in the day and peanut butter cup. But i made my choice!!

    I know what you mean about panic attacks for HFO's. I mean, I'm farther from them than you are seeing as you already have a sperm donor, but I fear that my HFOs will have f'ed up relationships with food like me and/or be overweight like me too. It's never too early to educate yourself.
    2787 days ago
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