Mini-steps in the moment
Saturday, January 19, 2019
I let loose a little during the holidays, and gained back four pounds of the five I’ve lost since joining WW at Work. I dutifully reported for my weigh in this week despite feeling discouraged. And I loosened my No Sweets No Treats rule that I’ve kept since my 25 pound weight loss a year ago in the diet program I participated in at our local hospital. I find the cravings coming back and dealt poorly with this at first. Yesterday, though, I said NO to my cravings and am proud. Mini-step number one!
Step 2: concentrating on my water intake today. A 4-bottle goal. I have a 14-oz glass bottle. I have improved this at work by using a digital timer. Every 15 minutes, it flashes at me, and I drink 4 or 5 gulps.
Step 3: try to not get overwhelmed. I can’t log in both WW and SP. I could log in WW and use SP as “essential other”. But I am not liking points. And free foods as a vegan are tofu and lentils, etc. They have accommodated vegans nicely and have some wonderful recipes, though. I eat too many snacks at work. Things that have high points. I bought some steamed lentils and baked tofu to use as snacks next week. These are free foods in WW. Maybe eating something lacking in addictive yumminess factor will help. I brought extra raw veggies the other day.
Step 4: care for my psyche. I have a to do list half a mile long, and this can make me feel inadequate. (See Step 3, Overwhelmed) Then I get that glazed in the headlights, stunned on the runway kind of feeling and get very little done. I bought a calendar book to use. I already have a notebook that I use as a kind of brain dump, or else I forget or postpone or just plain space out on getting things done. (I sometimes wonder about myself. Was I dropped on my head as an infant?)
The other day, one of the physicists I work with was nuking his coffee next to me as I heated my lunch. His microwave read: BEVRAG. I couldn’t make sense of this for a moment until I realized it was the beverage setting. I told him, and he had a good laugh. When he left, I told him, “Enjoy your BEVRAG!” Which made him laugh more.
So, the brain dump is a good anti-overwhelm strategy. Then apply the brain dump to the calendar.
I’ve cut down on cooking. I’ve developed a list of 15 or so easy vegan meals and have been rotating through them, trying a new recipe occasionally. I cook a little more fancy on the weekend. For an example of an easy meal: Whole Foods Ranchera Beans, which are precooked with sauce, you just open can and reheat. With this, a small portion Trader Joe frozen brown rice, corn, and frozen green beans. Had sliced tomato and cucumber on the side.
The main thing: keep moving forward, and take good care of yourselves, Spark Friends!