So before I have to face the dreaded weigh-in tomorrow, I figured I'd tell you how I've been doing this week. As you may or may not remember, I had a few events going on this weekend and I was not going to "count points" - rather, I was going to practice using self control, making smart choices, and think carefully about everything I ate. I have to change my habits so when I'm off this "diet" I can still keep the weight off, or at this point, I'd be happy if I kept MOST of the weight off.
Over the course of the weekend, I really did pretty well. I even skipped dinner one night because I had a big lunch and I really wasn't hungry. Ordinarily I would've eaten dinner anyway, because hey - it was dinnertime! But I was paying more attention to whether I really was hungry or not instead. So that was good. The one "bad" thing I did was I ate a whole box of Hot Tamales. (They are one of my most favorite things to eat. I love hot cinnamon things like atomic fireballs and cinnamon red hots.) Eh, so sue me.
Another thing I had to face this week was I made a big corned beef dinner last night and I did not "count points" then either. I was going to, but then I thought, in "real life" I am not going to be "counting". I have to practice, and figure out how to face these real life situations in a realistic way. So I thought very carefully about each portion that I took, and I savored my bites. That went pretty easy. In fact, I think I actually took less than I would have if I was "counting". The tough part was though, that my mother-in-law brought a bunch of wonderful desserts. But I still felt I did pretty well and used good restraint - YET I FELT SATISFIED. I had a slim piece of chocolate cream pie. Then I had three Italian cookies. That was where I went "over" a little. Thing is, Italian cookies are one of my weaknesses. So I had a little trouble there. I could have been happy with the two cookies. But there was this jelly sandwich cookie there and I sort of just had to have it. In fact, because it was a "sanwiched" cookie, I guess it was really like TWO cookies. But you know what? Overall, I thought I did pretty well. I wasn't even "stuffed" or anything. I KNOW I ate significantly less than I ordinarily would have. I even stuck to just one beer.
I'm already thinking about vacation this summer and how I need to be more careful. I mean, really, how can you go on vacation and only eat 1,000 calories a day? No normal person is going to do that. But on the other hand, if I'm for example, looking into Outer Banks rentals - maybe instead of spending the week eating fried shrimp and lobster drenched in butter I eat each of those once, and then eat broiled fish the rest of the time. That's realistic. That I can do.
Bottom line is, I'm sure I won't have a loss this week. But I'm really ok with that. I really do feel like I am getting more into the habit of making better choices, thinking about what I'm eating, paying attention to whether I'm hungry or not, and reducing what I eat at events and holidays.
Also, I have learned: do not have Hot Tamales, Italian cookies or Cheez-Its in the house!!!! (Cheez-Its are my other downfall.)
If I'm stranded on a desert island here's my list: