Slow and Steady

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday: 7 day Eating Adjustment

If hunger is not the problem, 
then eating is not the solution.  
~Author Unknown

OMG So I am such a talker. I have been fiddling with my 5-6 pounds for months and honestly haven't cared all that much because it meant a snug pair of size 10 pants, but I was still a size 10. In the last month that 5-6 pounds that came and went so freely have really settled in and invited 4 more visitors. Seriously, in the last month I hit the 10 lb mark and we have a problem. I tried calorie counting and that bombed after 4 days because I lost 3 pounds, jumped on my "I can lose weight whenever I want" high horse and ate with reckless abandon. 

So what makes today different than two weeks ago, two months ago, etc.? In 7 days I will be traveling for a work meeting and I don't want to feel like the sausage I felt like this morning as I wiggled into my jeans. Honestly, I don't look fat, but I feel fat. One wouldn't generally label me as shy, but I will be meeting lots of new people and I do not want to feel insecure about my weight/body dynamics. November is also the month of my 7 year wedding anniversary. I would like to at least be my wedding weight by our anniversary and I am only 4-5 lbs away from that, so I think it is achievable.

So 7 days until this meeting and 7 year anniversary? Then I think there is a need for 7 things to do differently. For at least the next 7 days and possibly extended:
  1. No Fried Food--gonna be tough
  2. No soda--not a big deal
  3. No Bread/Crackers--ugh, this will be really tough
  4. No Starbucks
  5. Yes to drinking more water
  6. Yes to keeping up with sufficient sleep
  7. Yes to hitting the gym/working out 4 out of the 7 days
I wanted this list to be ridiculously long and include no fast food at all, no dairy, no candy, no sweets and everything else I love...I just couldn't do it. If I magically happen to not eat candy, high five for me, but if I don't...well at least I didn't set myself up to fail. Things I would really like to do is eat only lean meats, have more salads, eat hearty soups and lots of vegetables and beans. I had a great dinner tonight and as a treat I roasted some Garbanzo beans tossed in salt. So super yummy, a really great snack.

The Big Picture: Diets are a way of life. I know I will eat bread, crackers and fried food again, so I won't call this a diet, just a worth while temporary eating adjustment.
Why I Kick A$$: I made a great dinner, it was delicious and made me feel like these next 7 days are totally doable.

Thankful Three
  1. For friends who stop by and stay for dinner
  2. For Jimmy Kimmel's Parents eating kids candy prank-YouTube
  3. For feeling motivated today, wish me luck on tomorrow

3 comments: said...

I feel fat too lately....

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

agreed it's not about a diet, it's about making small changes. that is what I realized for me...too much at once and I just won't stick to to, but little changes over time and I'm solid

Christi said...

My 4-5 lbs has become 10lbs also. I Think I will join you in this quest!

Good luck and have a great weekend!