Thursday, April 7, 2016

Oreo Vision


After my post the other day I had to really force myself to keep staying active and trying to eat low carb. But I said to myself... Self, either lose the weight or stop it and go eat what you want and deal with the consequences. You're an adult. Make your choices.

Today my Facebook page on my phone showed me a picture of new Oreo Toaster Strudels. When I saw it, I just sat there and stared, longing filling my soul. I could just go buy a box of those, I have to have it. I can just eat one. Or I can eat as many as I want and try to do better tomorrow. I kind of hit a crossroads, because I felt like I was in my old mindset of running after a vision of possible binge food... something I have not done in years. Instead, I shut off my phone and took a walk.

I decided that although I don't want to "diet" and don't want to count calories, I do want to make healthy choices on a case by case basis. I might even choose to have a dessert once in awhile, but I want it to be worth it. Something special, homemade. Not junk from a box. So I let it go... I am not that person who chases the ghost of junk after being triggered by an ad or a photo or a mention. I am an adult in control of my own choices.

I don't always make great choices, like yesterday when I went out to a movie theater with friends and we shared a lunch of buttered popcorn, Coke, and Red Vines. Sometimes I eat healthy, but too carby for me, foods, like last night's curry chicken and vegetables over rice with a half piece of naan bread. Sometimes I eat things that might be okay, like when we had tacos for dinner this week: I ate two. Is that reasonable? Are the 2 crunchy corn shells too carby? Maybe. I am trying to eat better, but still enjoy.

Today I made the choice to eat fewer carbs, so lunch was hard boiled eggs and steamed asparagus and dinner was a taco salad (greens, salsa, light Ranch, lean ground turkey, a sprinkle of cheese, and avocado) and I felt good eating that. So I'll make more of an effort to leave the carbs out of my meals more often.

Adding on to my last post, my activity has continued: steps at 7525, 8077, and today 8094 so far (not done!) I'm biking every day still, 5 minutes yesterday and 16 today. I'm glad to be getting into the 8000's now with the steps and biking a little more on alternate days.

I don't need Oreo Toaster Strudels to make me happy or fulfilled. I don't need to say Yes to every food I think I'd like. And I don't have to feel deprived because I say No once in awhile.

Here's to a better weight at the end of this month.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

"I don't need Oreo Toaster Strudels to make me happy or fulfilled. I don't need to say Yes to every food I think I'd like. And I don't have to feel deprived because I say No once in awhile."

I love this. The Oreo Toaster Strudels (or their evil twins) will still be there tomorrow. (And for me, sometimes just knowing that is enough to allow me to walk away and high-five myself for walking)
Maybe try looking at it from the other side of the mirror--you're actually the opposite of deprived when you say "no"--you're in control and making active choices for yourself. Hard as it is, there's something really cool about knowing you can fill yourself up with self-esteem instead of sugar and advertising. Heaven knows, that doesn't come easily, so remember to congratulate yourself for that rejected cookie or those100 extra steps or whatever victory--large or small--you've won that day.

JM said...

Me too. Although I don't like Oreos I do like other things and telling myself that o am willing to not eat it Right Now... If often enough!

Lyn said...

It's so much easier to get through these little mental "twitches" than it was years ago. I used to really have to FIGHT those food thoughts... they were obsessive. I'd see it and it would stay in my head and pester me until I went to eat it. This time was just a normal kind of "oh I want that" but in just minutes I'd forgotten all about it. And I don't want it now, even thinking back. I'd say that's awesome progress!

MGC said...

Kind of a random comment but Oreo Toaster Strudels aren't real. It was an April Fools day joke! I had to do some research after my kid begged me to buy them. I love your honesty Lyn. Keep fighting the good fight, it's all we can all do. :-)

Lyn said...

MGC~

really?? That is awesome! Can you imagine me in my old food-run days, going to store after store looking for those, going nutso trying to satisfy my craving? Wow, glad these didn't show up in my FB feed back then. Could have ruined my day :)

16 blessings'mom said...

Oh Lyn, the struggle is real, as the young people like to say. Sometimes when I'm sorely tempted, I almost feel bad already, defeated, knowing I'm doomed...then I say to myself, "I haven't given in YET. I don't HAVE to give in. I can still say no. I have that power.", and oh dear, it strengthens me. And I get some water, and eat something healthy, and clear my head. It's not always that easy, but recognizing that being tempted isn't the same as giving in has really helped me. Thank you for sharing, I LOVE Oreos, and wish they just didn't exist...because if I had just one, someone had better be there to wrestle the rest of the package away from me...

Lyn said...

16 blessings' mom~

I agree, there is a sense of "oh no" when we are tempted, but saying no is so empowering! In fact I saw something similar "oreo" at the grocery store today (I won't mention exactly what!) and I stopped, looked and kind of chuckled to myself... how ironic this would be in my face today! I was fine with just passing it by. What I *really* wanted was some smoked salmon for lunch, so that's what I bought as a treat for myself and it was delicious.

David Dane said...

Lynn, if you are going to go low carb, then go low protein as well, but high fat. And the way you can go high fat is in the morning, (If you drink coffee) put a tablespoon of Coconut Oil, and a tablespoon of butter in a cup of coffee. I put mine in a blender. Also, if you aren't a big fan of coffee, use tea. Put the coconut oil in tea, and use stevia to sweeten it. The coconut oil keeps you satiated. When you use a low carb diet, you want your ketones to start flowing. Coconut oil stimulates Keytones.

Lyn said...

Why it's David Dane! If this isn't a blast from the past! 2007 I believe. Nice to see you. Actually, I did high fat at one point and felt kinda ill. I forgot what exactly ended up being the issue, maybe stomach upset? But my doctor told me my fat % was too high. I'm not afraid of fat though and eat plenty of avocados, salmon, olives etc. I do like coconut oil. Thanks for the comment!

David Dane said...

Lynn can you watch this? https://youtu.be/r_V-rZNfOX0 ......

David Dane said...

Lyn your stomach upset is from low stomach acid..... and this women in the video explained what happened on low fat... Get Betaine HCL... I use Betaine HCL and Food Enzymes.. !

Lyn said...

David~

will watch it, thanks!

David Dane said...

THE IMPORTANCE OF LEMON WATER ON the ketogenic diet This is the title on You Tube...

//youtu.be/vwfVi980wSM