100 Days of Weight Loss - Day 4
Friday, September 25, 2015
Thursday, April 09, 2015
What is your eating style?
Do you eat without restrictions or do you try to follow a diet plan perfectly, or are you somewhere in between? Are there times when you want to eat more but not gain weight? How do you adjust your boundaries and guidelines for your eating style? Please share your thoughts.
Right now my eating style is all over the place. Sometimes I can go for long periods of time eating really well, staying within my calorie range and other times I got for periods of times where I eat and eat and eat some more. There is no in between with me. I am from one extreme to the other. and sadly, when I am in the eating out of controllably stage, I undo the work I did when I was eating well. I don't want to do this anymore. I don't want to be out of control. I don't want to get off track totally and go back to where I started. I am so tired of starting again.
But do I want to say I will never eat food that is not the best for me ever again? No. Not really. I want to find a healthy medium that allows me to indulge without losing control and going back to where I began.
Diets... defined as how we eat (and nourish ourselves :)
All too often we start with a new or popular "Diet" with a set of rules... and when we eat something that is not in the plan, whoopsie! We blew it and that's the end of the diet!
Boundaries define your diet. Adjust your Boundaries :)
Picture your diet as a path or road... defined by calories, or a point system or whatever system you use to figure out how much to eat. If you are feeling strong and focused and ready to work on losing weight, you might follow a certain set of guidelines... But what if you get sick or the holiday comes or you'll be camping. What then?
Your boundaries can be adjusted depending on what's happening. You might have every day guidelines for every day living like work days and relax your boundaries to participate and enjoy social events where you eat a little more, but not so much to make you gain weight.
Set Guidelines, not rules.
Boundaries should help you, give you benefits, not punishment. They should provide you with guidelines you can fall back on but not burden you with rules. You can adjust your boundaries to suit you.
Today, try this:
~ in your notebook, draw a line down the middle of the page, creating 2 columns.
~ label 1 column "Narrow Road" for your weight loss diet or meal plan approach. Label the other "wider road" for your maintenance or alternative eating plan.
~ under the titles, define your eating and exercise plans for each of these roads. Then decide on ways you can be flexible with them without losing sight of the healthy road you want to follow :)
Narrow Road (Day to day life)
- Low end of my calorie range.
- Lots and lots of water.
- No junk food whatsoever.
- Working out as much as possible.
-Tracking every bite that goes into my mouth.
Wider Range(Holiday, Sick, Special occasion, Going out to eat with family)
- high end of my calorie range.
- Still lots and lots of water
- Indulge in a treat but still stick to that high end of my calorie range. No eating thousands of calories in 1 day.
- Doing a smaller workout, stretching or just going for a walk.
- Still tracking to make sure I stick to this range.