Getting Started

Knowing you need to make changes is one thing.  Dedicating yourself to make those changes is entirely different.  With a group of people who will all try this weight-loss/exercise change together, maybe it will be easier.  The first day for me was rough.  I woke up extra early and wandered to the kitchen… and started talking to myself.

3 a.m.
Carrot cake, yum!

NO!  You really need to try to fit back into your clothes.

One piece won’t hurt.

Yes, it will.  If you eat one piece, then you’ll have blown it for the day and will eat anything and everything for the rest of the day.  You need to start eating the way you know you should now, not tomorrow.  You told everyone who reads your blog that you’re going to do this.  Maybe if you put the cake out of sight instead of leaving it easily accessable on the counter, it would be easier.

Okay. I should wait until breakfast time to eat anyhow.

Victory #1

5 a.m.
I think I got up too early.  Maybe a nap would be a good idea.

8 a.m.
Yes, a nap was definitely a good idea…  (head downstairs to the kitchen, look at countertop)  Rhubarb crunch. Yum!

You have absolutely no willpower!  Put all the desserts away where you won’t see them and be tempted.  Then go exercise.  If you eat before exercising, you’ll use that as an excuse to skip the workout because you shouldn’t exercise on a full stomach.  Another excuse will come up to delay exercising, then another, and before you know it you’ll have missed another day.  Do it now.

I can’t believe I committed to this!  I should be committed!

Victory #2

. . .

11 a.m.
Look at the clock!  Where’d the time go?  I haven’t had breakfast yet.  Where’s that carrot cake?

See, it was a good idea to put the desserts where you wouldn’t mindlessly cut a piece and start eating when that’s not really the fuel your body needs.  Either eat what you planned for breakfast, or eat what you planned for lunch.  You’ll feel better.

Okay, I’ll scramble an egg.  This is going to be a long day!

Victory #3
Oh, by the way, I know you were distracted by the phone call that the neighbor had a horse out, but don’t think that you can get away with calling that assistance “exercise.”  This afternoon you really need to move enough to get your heart rate up.

3 p.m.
I’m hungry.  I wonder if we have any cookies.

There are chocolate chip cookies in the cookie jar, but you can’t eat chocolate.  Drink a glass of water, then go ride the exercise bike instead of snacking.

Oh, there’s coffeecake left from yesterday’s breakfast.  That would taste good.

Put it with the carrot cake.

This better work!

Victory #4

***

Doesn’t this sound awful!  There’s not usually so much sugar in my house, and I can’t believe how often I wandered through the kitchen and mindlessly started to put something in my mouth.  No wonder I’ve gained weight!

Instead of cooking what I’d planned for supper, I reheated leftover salmon.  The kids ate theirs with green salad and rice, but I sprinkled chunks of the fish over my salad, added Caesar dressing, and skipped the rice.  After dinner, the kids asked for a piece of carrot cake, and loved it when my answer was, “Please!  Eat it all!”  I cut my husband’s favorite rhubarb dessert and dished it into individual containers so he could easily grab one to pack with his lunch.

Day Two

It was so much easier to fix myself an omelet for breakfast when I wasn’t assaulted by the sight of desserts all over the kitchen.  Having foregone all the bread one day one, I didn’t crave it so much.  For lunch I made tuna sandwiches for the kids, and ate mine on a whole wheat tortilla instead of bread. Yum!

Supper was harder.  Once a month my kids have group class with their violins.  That’s sixteen miles away and ends at 5:30.  An hour later, their Royal Rangers outpost meets four miles further into town.  It’s not physically possible to drive home and back into town in that amount of time, so we usually grab a bit to eat in the deli of a grocery store quite conveniently located between our two meetings.  I briefly considered packing dinner, but my mom dropped by so I lost the only free hour I had.  Dinner out it had to be.  Fortunately, the deli had a chicken salad that tasted every bit as good as it looked.

Continuing on…

The next day was even easier.  I hadn’t realized how many sweets we had in the house.  Nor had I realized that I keep them displayed where it’s easy to see and want “just a little bit.”  Having everything out of sight definitely helps.  Oat bran, another tuna tortilla, steak/green beans… Easy meal prep and no temptation to snack – of course, being gone again all afternoon certainly helped!

I’ve been swamped this week with extra activities and haven’t read anyone’s blogs to see how everyone else is doing.  Unfortunately, “swamped” means running in a million different directions, so I only managed to exercise one day.

The two things that I’m finding help the most (for those of you still with me)

  • Since I live with someone who wants there to be dessert in the house, my best bet at avoiding it is to store it in the refrigerator where it doesn’t get eaten without a little bit of effort
  • Plan meals in advance so that I don’t reach for something quick and easy (and not of the best nutritional quality)

I’m looking forward to reading everyone else’s progress.

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6 thoughts on “Getting Started

  1. My week has not gone as well. The doctor’s office called and told me not to exercise until my sinus infection is gone. It’s Birthday Week, so we have all sorts of desserts here that we don’t normally have. I decided I was allowed one piece of cake on my son’s birthday, then whatever I wanted on mine. I fed the kids cake for their first breakfast (they get another breakfast at school), so there’re two less mini cakes to stare at me. I’m taking your advice and hiding the rest. :)

  2. LOL! I can just see walking around with the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other. Those first days really are the toughest. Hang in there. You’re an inspriration for the rest of us!

  3. It’s great to read about your progress! I’d have been desperate for the carrot cake, too – good for you for winning all of those battles! What an inspiration.

  4. Today hasn’t gone as well. I forgot we were invited to a volunteer appreciation luncheon. From a choice of hamburger or hotdog, I took the hamburger and piled lettuce and tomatoes on it. Fruit for dessert. Oh, and I had rhubarb for breakfast (because somebody left it sitting on top of the stove and it looked, oh-so-inviting). Guess I better make sure supper goes better!

    Thank you :D

  5. Eating mindfully is really, really hard when there are goodies around. I know exactly of which you speak, WS. But you’re doing great! Me? Sorta great. Monday: a slice of whole grain toast with a poached egg; leftover chicken breast and a tomato for lunch; dinner was a bowl of homemade chicken soup with white beans, carrots and onions. Tuesday: A bowl of Kashi shredded wheat for breakfast; two small slices of wholegrain bread with thin slices of cheese for lunch; a bowl of that chicken soup for dinner. Wednesday: wholegrain bread and an egg for brekky; a quick salad of tomatos, cucumbers, two chopped black olives and chopped up string cheese with light balsamic dressing; then I blew dinner when Matt made cheeseburgers on potato rolls. I ate one. (sigh) And then I got hungry late in the evening and snacked on cheese/chipotle rice chips. Today: breakfast was two small slices of wholegrain bread with thin slices of melted Dubliner cheese; lunch was the final bowl of that f’ing chicken soup … and I haven’t thought up what to do for dinner yet. Also, I allowed myself a square of dark chocolate.

    Note that I’ve been fairly light on the veggies. It’s because I need to go to the grocery store for some fresh ones; everything in the crisper is fit for a science experiment, but not for eating. I love salmon and tilapia, so I’m going to get both, along with makings for salads. And, I’m getting some beets. I going to make a pot of borscht.

    As for exercise, well, pfft. The weather has sucked. Cold, rainy, snowy, sleety, foggy. I did some stretching for my hips. But tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and warm again, so I’ll go walking again.

    The big thing is to jump right back to eating mindfully if you succumb to something less than healthy for one meal. Just figure, okay, I’m probably not going to lose a pound today, but come hell or high water, I’m not going to GAIN one, either!

    You’re going to share those rhubarb recipes, right??? heheheheheh

  6. Who can resist carrot cake, especially in the morning? I love it for breakfast. Wow! I am really impressed. It is hard to break the sugar habit but it sounds like you are making good progress. Yay for you!

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