Well, I had planned to write a few more blogs this weeks. I have a lot of random thoughts regarding food, eating right, being healthy, exercising and so forth. But, Matt's iTunes went down this week and he was spending a lot of time on the computer trying to fix it. Also, the time I would normally have during the day to blog is now being spent exercising with y sister-in-law. I'm still trying a adjust my schedule to exercising at a different time of day. It's working well, I just haven't rearranged my schedule to fit all the other stuff in elsewhere. It's one of my eternal struggles.
So, back to the program. I step on the scale tomorrow to see how week 2 went. The good news is that I lost 2 pounds during week 1. The bad news is that it was the same 2 pounds that I gained the week before I started this program trying to rid my kitchen of Christmas treats... by eating them. Hopefully this week I will drop below my Christmas treat binge weight. The other good news is that I feel good about what I am doing, and whether I'm imagining it because I feel like I'm accomplishing something, or it's real, my pants seem to be fitting looser. Yay! I really think that when I eat a lot of sugary foods and white breads it just makes me pudgier. When I eat more nutrient dense foods, I am more slim. No matter what my weight is.
This week we focused on eating mindfully. It's something that I need to work on. A lot of times I eat because it's time to eat and we need to get our meal done to get all the other things done we need to. I especially eat this way with treats. I sit in front of the TV and munch without paying attention to what I'm eating or how it tastes. I think some of my dissatisfaction with food could be solved if I ate more mindfully and actually tasted my food. Then I would enjoy it more and realize that I have eaten so I don't feel like I need a treat 10 minutes after dinner ends. I've also been paying attention to how full I am. And, realizing that I don't feel good when I stuff myself. So, if I am pleasantly full after I eat, to pay attention to that and not put more into my body that I won't really enjoy.
I realized that if I eat well-balanced meals, I can regulate my hunger more easily. If I'm snacking or eating small meals, it takes a lot more thought and planning to make sure I get enough of the right foods. I've noticed it's really easy to snack on a grain or protein, or fruit. Most of my snacks fit into the same area. Vegetables are definitely my hardest thing to get extras of.
One thing I worked on this week is trying to work in neutral foods and snacks. I know that I will go through times when I just want to eat to eat something, or want a snack. So, to think of a life without snacks or treats, is hard for me imagine. I know that to make this a lifestyle change, I will have to get over the thoughts that, "When I'm done with this program I can do that again...". So, I need to figure out how to have an occasional treat or to eat because I feel like it. This week I have tried to allow myself to do that. With the stipulation that I first choose healthy foods, then neutral foods. I try to tune into what my body really wants so that when I finish eating, I feel satisfied. I think it has gone well. I learned that I don't have to have a treat and I can still be satisfied.