Another rambling post coming up! First off, I had a great day eating wise (and just in general because every day is pretty much a great day:D ).
I am only a little way into the Beck book and have already found some great tools in there. Even though there is stuff I don’t need, like planning what diet to follow and how to add in exercise, I have learned a few things about myself already.
You know as time goes on, little things creep in and you really aren’t aware of them until your attention becomes focused on it. I think this is a good reason to sit down and re-evaluate your plan periodically, whether you are newly into a program, a long way into one, or maintaining. Take a good hard look at what you are doing and don’t let yourself skim over any details. What you think is an undeserved plateau may very well be self imposed. Whether you want to hear that or not.
One tip that really surprised me in the Beck book is her request that you sit down to eat, no matter what that is. I thought, okay – no problem. Nothing will pass my lips unless I take a seat. Well, wouldn’t you know it – I have been snacking way more than I realized, and nibbling while cooking or passing through the pantry, or free samples at the grocery store. It is especially noticeable while I am preparing meals. I tend to lick the utensils after measuring (hello extra nut butter calories). And those calories don’t always make it into my tracker. Oooops. This is how maintenance can go awry in a hurry. I bolded this for myself so I can reread it and remind myself. So my task this week is to continue to nix the nibbling habit.
Also, letting myself be hungry is okay. Not ravenous, because that is dangerous for me, but if I eat lunch, I don’t have to eat an hour later. Perfect example was today. After an afternoon latte at around 2:30, I was working and felt like I was hungry or wanted to eat. Normally, I probably would have, but then thought that I had just had a snack an hour earlier and dinner would be in a couple hours any way. But I kept thinking about it, and told myself I would take a break at 4pm and have a snack. Wouldn’t you know at about 5 minutes before 4:00, this happened (had my camera right there,too!):
and I just couldn’t make myself wake her up to get up and get a snack. And you know something? I survived the next hour until dinner just fine without being famished. So thank you, Pixie. She doesn’t even know what she did. I have to say that it is an extra challenge to do computer work with her there LOL!
So, the work day is done, and I have eaten my planned evening snack and know that I will not need to eat for the rest of the night – and it’s okay!
So – Sat and Sun were successful eating days. Happiness reigns supreme!