Monday, March 3, 2008

Back to Basics

For as long as I've tried to lose weight, I've never done some of the basic things that everyone suggests you do when really and truly want to do the right things. Two examples I have of this include writing down everything you eat and also planning out your meals.

I know I'm two days into the latest attempt, but I have to say one of the things that has helped me the most has been planning out my meals. I actually took the time to write out all three meals from Sunday - Saturday and am now sticking to it. I'm finding that my week doesn't have to be planned around my food, but I can plan everything else around what I'm eating. I have everything I need in the apartment. I'm cooking (second meal cooked at home tonight...sad but I don't even remember when the last time I did that was), I'm snacking, I'm taking care of myself. It's all around good.

I've made two other commitments for the month of March.
1. Journaling Everything- I'm going to write down everything I eat, even when I don't want to. I have noticed that I don't log my food when I'm eating not so healthy foods. Which, as far as I'm concerned, is exactly when I need to be keeping track of what's going in my mouth- and why.
2. Eating Out- Except for dinner with my friend Jigga, my anniversary and when Meghan & Rob are in town, I'm not going out to eat this month. I've already said no to go out to eat twice (both to lunch with Susannah and Cyrena yesterday- sorry!) and believe me when I tell you that's huge.

I always try to trick myself just a little bit. Like I think it's okay for me to go out to eat because I can find something healthful on the menu or I say that I need to learn to be in real life situations- I can't cut out eating at restaurants all together. But the truth is that I need to do things like that. I need to stop putting myself in situations that are difficult and tempting and all that shit.

I wish it wasn't such a challenge for me, I really do. But it is, and so I need to just make it as easy as possible for me.


Juliness March 4, 2008 at 6:48 AM  

You sound like you are back on track! Awesome.

When I have an 'off' week or so, I go right back to journaling every bite I eat. It really does help. Also, I find that the more I work out, the less I want to eat the 'bad' stuff. Try thinking of food as your fuel to get to Dublin.

PS I always plan our meals for the week! I type up a "menu" and stick it on the fridge. It works.

You can do this! I know it.

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