Category Archives: New Commitment
Just 4 Today, I’m NOT going to eat between meals and I’m NOT going to take seconds. And I’ll walk at least 3 miles, take my fiber supplement and drink 2 liters of water.
New Commitment, Day 2
Long time readers might have noticed that I haven’t mentioned weighing myself. That’s because the scale is tucked under the guest bed and I don’t have immediate plans for taking it out.
One of the things I worried over during the months when Eat4Today was mostly dormant was the fact that if I’m not totally obsessed with my weight I gradually gain it back. Here I am a person that has every portion size and associated calorie memorized and if I let my guard down for 5 minutes (OK — 5 months) I’ve gained 10 or more pounds!
What kind of a health-blogger (I thought) am I? Well, I came back because I think I found my answer.
I’m a health-blogger who doesn’t want to die an early death from diabetes. And it turns out that the things diabetics worry about are pretty much the same things that dieters worry about. With the one difference being that instead of the (direct) goal being a new dress or bathing suit my goal is staying out of a coffin for as long as I can.
So, I might be dragging that scale out from under the bed. But, for a month or so I’m going to experiment with seeing if I can focus on healthy eating, regular exercise and daily routines. IF I do that then wouldn’t the result almost have to be a healthier me?
Carolyn said (in the comments yesterday) that she’s doing something similar – she’s not going to count calories. And I think (I think) I’m going along with that too. But, I think this issue really deserves it’s own post. Which happily gives me something to think about on my walk today!!
Just4Today, I’m not going to eat between meals and I’m not going to take seconds. I’m also going to walk at least 3 miles, take my fiber supplement and drink 2 liters of water. And I’m going to think about my Commitment . . . .
New Commitment, Day 1
The sweet thing about that list is that each of those elements translate into broader goals without making things complicated. For example :
I happen to be very good at portion control with my meals. I know what servings are and I’ve got serving spoons in 1-cup & 1/2-cup sizes that make it easy to stay in control as I serve my meals. But it’s sooo tempting to take another little bite from the leftovers on the stove after dinner. Or (this is horrible) to rummage through the fridge and make a cheese sandwich in the mid-afternoon.
Those are my greatest weaknesses.
One of the great things about Eat4Today as a discussion group for Health Issues is that the discussion bursts out of the blog and into my real and virtual life all over the place. These issues are important to all of us — not just struggling fatties (believe me – I AM a struggling fattie) like me.
Yesterday I was chatting with one of my friends and, of course, I HAD to tell her what I’ve been doing here. And that brought up the topic of setting & keeping daily goals. She mentioned that she got in trouble by finishing her children’s food — which TOTALLY is either taking seconds or eating between meals. And she reminded me of my great breakthrough — I’m not a garbage can.
You see, it’s easy to wrap up a leftover serving or two & store it in the refrigerator. But, (for some of us) it goes against every instinct to throw way the dribs & drabs in the bottom of a pot — something that’s just going to go to waste if you don’t eat it now. And eating those last bites from a child’s plate is just as hard — just as tempting. (And it doesn’t help that very often parents have to eat from a child’s plate BEFORE they’ll eat, just to prove it’s good.)
This world is a complicated place full of conflicting temptations. The trick is for us to develop methods that help us negotiate those traps.