Thursday, March 10, 2016
And now, to chat about what I mentioned quickly on my I Matter team. I have realized that for some reason my snacking has gotten out of control. I've been doing great with exercise (until coming down with something last night), but when I weighed in yesterday, I had to do some thinking when I'd regained some weight rather than the loss I expected.
So, I stopped lying to myself and looked honestly at my past week. My "hunger," and I put it in quotation marks b/c it's not all stomach/body needs food hunger, has been crazy off the charts since the increase in exercise. But I've been using quick-grab foods to satisfy. And washing a veggie or fruit, cutting it, etc., isn't what I mean by quick (hangs head). No, I've been eating candy and cookies and chips. I haven't even been really enjoying much of it--just jamming it in so I can move on and get the next task done. I haven't been sleeping well, either, staying up late to play a game or read something.
Yesterday I put a blank sheet of paper on the fridge. On it, I'll write anything I eat (calories included) that isn't part of a meal. My goal is to keep that sheet as blank as possible. The more I see that blank page, the more I feel motivated to look for something healthier to snack on. Yes, I do still have to write down healthy snacks. My hope is that I'll SEE that I can enjoy more with healthy snacks than the junky ones. And notice how much better I feel overall, when I'm not putting so much heavy stuff in my body.
And it's pretty tough to mindlessly eat when I have to write it down. So...snacks yes, but they have to be written down so I can take a look at what I'm doing and make whatever changes I feel are necessary. And so I can be aware!