Tuesday, January 15, 2019
This fall and winter I have set myself some different goals. As I usually crave carbs due to the cold and my SAD it's hard for me not to gain weight rather than lose. So I decided to go with it albeit to keep within my calorie range but not to fuss too much if I went above my overall intake target of 50% for carbs in a day. The goal being to maintain my weight rather than gain over this period as usually happens.
I've also learnt that for me my best strategy for holidays is to allow myself small amounts of festive food on the actual day but continue to eat to my plan on the other days over the period. As I generally go to my brothers for holidays and cook for both of us I don't need to keep tempting foods in the house as I "eat out". This works for me as part of BED is secretive eating and the embarrassment of overeating in front of other people. By doing this I don't feel deprived but feel I can keep better control. I'm also better now at saying no to things which just make me feel sick when I eat them because they're too sweet or fatty. Being wheat and lactose intolerant also gives me the "out" I need to back it up. For me "I can't have" is easier to say than "I don't want".
As a result I'm very happy to report that my weight has wobbled a little bit but overall has remain stable at 238lbs. Something that I have not been able to manage for a very long time.
All in all some valuable lessons have been learned for now and also for when I reach my final goal and maintenance. No way do I plan to ruin all my hard work of getting there like last time. I think too few people really consider their strategies in the long term but I hope I'm no longer one of them.