REFINING MY FOOD CHOICES
Saturday, July 06, 2019
I want to make a short blog entry on the first day of the 5% summer challenge. I’m hopeful that I can meet my goals this time; however, I feel a bit apprehensive with a few negative thoughts trying to take shape in my mind like what if you don’t lose weight again and all talk with no action.
I have similar goals that I had during the spring challenge with slight modifications, sort of a weeding out process of things that did not work or not helpful before, but I really want to work on improving food choices and portion control this season.
My problem with dieting is not eating too much, but really under eating. It is hard for me to eat 3 meals and my calorie intake is at the low end of recommended calories for my weight. I have a sporadic eating pattern. I usually consume a lot of calories in the morning or sometimes skip breakfast. I do the same thing with lunch. My favorite time to eat which is detrimental is a late dinner with the most calories eaten. I think this type of eating pattern immediately puts on weight when I decide to adhere to a normal eating pattern.
I’ve been wondering why I do this and not sure, but I think it gives me the feeling that I’m binging again, something I loved to do after menopause. Maybe I’m making it to psychological because sometimes I’m just too busy to eat or it is inconvenient, or I just don’t have my mind on food.
So, I would like to normalize my eating pattern. I did this during the spring challenge on a smaller scale, but I want to see how it affects my weight loss by consistently eating meals at a regular time.
For the most part, I rarely eat junk food anymore and eat a healthy diet, but I still hold on to food choices that could be healthier. I’ve been told by my holistic practitioner that dairy is inflammatory and if I want to add pounds to my body eat bread. I watch dairy closely because my joints hurt more after eating it, but I love eggs, cheese and butter which I still eat. I love ice cream, but I know better to bring it in the house because I would not stop at a couple of scoops! Out of sight out of mind. To me there is nothing better than homemade bread, toast for breakfast, etc. Getting bread out of my life is a real challenge and I don't understand how anyone doesn't like butter - it makes everything taste better.
I’m not ready to give up these little indulgences yet, but I’m willing to negotiate. For this challenge (8 weeks) I’m pledging to limit these favorite foods. One piece of bread instead of two, 1 egg instead of 2, etc.
Also, it is an effort, but I want to be more committed than last season to planning my meals for the week and prepping a lot of them.
I’m blogging this because I want to see it written down and hold myself accountable to an audience. Hopefully along with my other goals at the end of 8 weeks I will be a doer and not just a thinker/talker.
What’s that old saying, actions speak louder than words - please hold me accountable!