Going Well or Still Needs Work
Saturday, November 15, 2014
We were asked to assess what is going right and what is wrong at this point in our journey.
I am happy to say that I have more things going right these days. My biggest success in the past year has been that I have conquered the binging that I used to do. My bingeing was not like a bulimic does but it was generally ruining a good weight-loss day by eating something that was not on the plan - and then eating way too much of it. What has helped me is - to identify what those items are and as far as possible not to have them in my house. I still allow myself to eat them occasionally but I will have them when I am out for dinner, or over at a friends house or I will buy a very small quantity to have at home. Then the situation is more controlled.
I eat as little processed food as I can and I make 90% of my meals from scratch. When I eat out I keep it simple and always ask for sauces and dressings on the side. I also eat regularly - for me that is about every 3 hours. If I get too hungry then that is when I cannot control my eating and by eating every three hours I never reach that state. I also always eat a little protein whenever I eat and that includes snacks. I discovered that if I just had a carbohydrate for a snack I wanted more. Adding protein solves that for me.
I follow the 20 minute rule - if I want more of something I can have it in 20 minutes IF I think about it. Rarely if ever I do.
I am losing weight slowly and steadily which is fine by me. I no longer focus on fractions of pounds as I have learned that my weight can fluctuate by 5 pounds in a 24 hour period. I set myself 5 pound goals and all I focus on is have I reached that next goal. Where I am between the 5 pounds I don't worry about. I also know that no one meeting me knows my weight on the scale at that moment, so the numbers are not important.
I walk for at least 45 minutes every day and I have now got into a regular strength training regime. I could include more variety into my exercise and that would probably help. I feel good about where I am at the moment as I had my second knee replacement in March and I can now walk "forever" again.
I still need to watch my portion size at times as I am a "volume eater" I try to make the volume vegetables but it doesn't always happen. I also have to constantly repeat to myself "if you don't buy it you cant eat it". I know now that "if I do buy it I will eat it!"
The other thing I battle with is getting my 8 glasses of water every day - I have to constantly have reminders around.
I am constantly learning and working on my journey and since joining BLC I am really enjoying it as I am constantly being challenged and have met such a wonderful positive and supportive group of Spark friends.