Planning the Right Amount of Freggies
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
One more thing about overeating freggies, my last of 4 blogs to deal with the issue. Developing an eating plan and sticking to it is powerful. Saying "NO CHOICE" (as Beck tells us) to any food that appears unexpectedly or we decide to grab on the fly is wise. I have never planned to overeat vegetables or fruits. I've never planned on eating more than 8 servings of freggies in one day, but I have done it over and over.
What harm does it do? Well, calories are calories and it keeps me just a little over the weight I really want to be. (And as I pointed out in previous blogs it may interfere with nutrient absorption as well as reinforce the feeling of being overfull.) And it deprives me of truly being in control and feeling successful. When I make a food plan and stick to it I am strengthening what Beck calls my "resistance muscle." When I give in to unplanned eating, I am strengthening my "giving in" muscle. (That may not be the correct Beck word, but the concept is correct.) I want to have strong abs, strong legs, strong arms, but most of all I want strong resistance muscles!!
Looking over my old food trackers, I can easily see what a smart friend told me. It is easier to eat a reasonable amount of freggies when you are eating a good combination of protein, carbs and fats. When I'm not eating enough protein or not eating enough healthy fats I often overeat freggies.
So that is all I intend to say about my current practice of overeating of freggies. I'm giving it up because I am ready. It is no longer useful to me. It may be a helpful interim strategy. Friends who have 30, 50, 80, 100, 200 pounds to lose may find it a valuable strategy -- until they are ready to give it up. If you are used to eating a lot, it may be easier to eat a lot of freggies than to cut way back on the amount as well as change what you are eating. One change at a time may be easier.
Now to my current issue. Last night my husband and I had a wonderful time. A friend of his invited us to see him perform at a country club. I had no idea that man could sing like that. Just amazing! We danced on the tiny dance floor several times. Definitely fun, but the food served was a buffet. I wish there had been some plain veggies I could have filled up on. I would have been better off to overeat veggies last eve. Everything on the buffet was outrageously calorie-dense and we were there from 4:30 pm until late. Usually I remember that when I don't control what I eat, I still control the amount. Last eve I avoided the most calorie dense foods (the desserts) but that is the only positive I can say about my eating. As of today, I am back to tracking.
I did not make it a full year maintaining without tracking, but I made it over 11 months. Right now I want the tracking tool to help me quickly get back on track. I will plan --including the right amount of freggies --and stick to my plan!!