It is a beautiful sunny and mild Saturday morning, and my DH and I have lots on our agenda today, right here in town. First, there is an annual church fair, followed by an afternoon musical event, then an art showing at a local farm.
And to top it all off, we get to babysit our little grandson this evening.
My scale sang to me this morning, so I am feeling pleased with my progress - convinced that I will be able to reverse some of those unwanted numbers when I re-do my blood workup in November.
Traditionally, weekends have always been a time when I would relaxed my grip on my food intake. Somehow, I always felt I 'earned' it after being 'good' all week.
That is more thinking that I need to change, just as I learned a few days ago that I can have company and still stay on track with my food.
My thinking about food has to be more sustainable for the long term - and less thinking like I'm on a diet that is temporary and will end one day.
For me, some foods have always been part of the fun of the weekend. For example, at a fair, we might eat something at a food stand. Or, in the evening, while watching a movie, we might have a snack. On Sunday mornings, my DH often brings home pastries or muffins with the NY Times.
I do not want to deny myself those things. They are part of the pleasantries of my life.
So those things don't have to change altogether. But I can modify my behavior so that it works better for me. I could have food at the fair; I just need to eat the right stuff -- and eat less of it. I could have a burger or a sandwich - and not eat the entire thing. In the evening, I could have a snack with the movie, but instead of having cheese and crackers or (leftover) apple pie, or even ice cream, I could eat vegetables dipped in hummus. I really like that snack a lot, so it won't feel like any kind of sacrifice. And at Sunday breakfast, I can eat part of the muffin - and just cut down on calorie intake later in the day.
I don't have to LOSE weight on Saturday and Sunday. If my weight holds on a weekend, then I am very happy.
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy weekend.