Monday, March 28, 2011

What I'm Up To

I have been doing really well with my eating lately. Today marks my fourth day eating nothing off plan and it is finally starting to get easier. What is it about those first three days that makes it so tempting to "just" have some pizza or cookies or a candy bar? It's crazy, like because you're in the very beginning of a weight loss stint it is okay to screw up and start over. And once that first bite of junk is taken, relief floods your system along with guilt as you have officially stepped over the line into "off plan" and are "free" to eat more junk (and start over tomorrow). Not very logical, considering that every bite does count.

Anyway, I find that in general if I can get through those first few days without straying into the potato chip bag or the donut box, I "get over" the cravings (when I am eating low carb, anyway) and the momentum builds and it gets easier to stay focused with my eating. That's where I *think* I am now. I need a few more days before I am really confident, but I do feel pretty good about things right now.

I made a plan this week to cook some of my healthy dinners for my Medifast Lean & Green meals ahead of time in double and triple portions and freeze some of them. That way, on busy nights I can just grab something already made, nuke it, and have a good, pre-measured, pre-calculated meal to eat. Some of the things I am making this week:

Creamy Buffalo Chicken over cauliflower "rice"
Stir-fried Beef & Broccoli over cauliflower "rice"
Zucchini Lasagna
Zucchini & Beef Skillet
Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs
Mushrooms, Spinach, Peppers, & Broccoli sauteed with Turkey Sausage (for omelet filling)
Tuna Melts (not to be frozen... had one yesterday and one today with coleslaw... pictures/recipe to come!)

The ones that turn out good I will share here. I love to cook!

My little girl is home from school sick again today (she was sick about a week and a half ago too). She was up most of the night (so was I) and I got her in to the doctor this morning: ear infection. She has a fever and is in pain and just miserable. Do you ever feel like there is just TOO much going on to do what YOU need to do? I feel like that lately. My kids need me, my dogs need me, my body needs me, I have appointments and classes and obligations, and my house is still a disaster area from my being sick for a month! The weather is perfect outside, the pup wants to go play, but I am tending a feverish girl for now. At least I am managing to eat properly! And honestly I think my attitude and mood are pretty good, considering. I feel positive about things, although very tired as well.

Recipes coming later :)

9 comments:

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

Good for you for getting through those mad cravings. I've come to the realization that I can go without "cheating" and still be off plan. Just making some less-than-good choices over and over makes it quickly become a habit.

Well, I'm trying to right the ship again and it really helps to hear how others are getting through their own tough times.

Keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

Lyn
You are such an inspiration, your honesty is incredible and I have learned so much about myself since reading your blog.We ALL struggle, we are food addicts and we are never recovered completely..God Bless you and may He keep you strong, focused and healthy...Keep the updates coming, you are so insightful!!!
Peace
Stacey D from Sylmar Ca.

Mike said...

I agree, the more you resist the urge to pick and give up, the easier it gets. It's like flexing your will power muscles! Sounds like you are will power buff!

Great job.

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Pretty Pauline said...

This is good for me today, as my drive has left me. :( I don't know why that is, and I don't want to complain about it. I want to change it!!!!

spunkysuzi said...

Every meal/day of good eating makes you stronger!! Your doing great.

olivia said...

hang in there :)

Deniz said...

Hi Lyn,

When you wrote "Do you ever feel like there is just TOO much going on to do what YOU need to do?" my heart said 'YES, Me too!'

It's hard to find the time/energy to look after ourselves when there are so many other things happening. But, I guess it's like eating an elephant - just start at one end and do it nibble by nibble.

Hang in there and stay strong and things will get easier. I know you will do it - you are such an inspiration, you've come such a long way on a hard journey.

timothy said...

good for you hon, i know life throws all kinds of obsticles in the way, bravo for dealin with em so well! just keep it up, YOU are worth the effort!

Diandra said...

Don't worry, you don't have to save the world all in one day. ^^