Two Year’s Resolutions

I could tell you how this past year was a huge failure because I didn’t reach the weight loss goal I set a year ago. But then I’d be lying, about the failure part, that bit about not reaching my wight loss goal is true. In fact, I even gained some weight back. A year ago I started Weight Watchers to lose weight, obviously, but more importantly to gain health. I lost nearly 10% of my starting weight (kind of a big deal) but then my commitment became distracted by daily responsibilities, a desire to live with wonton abandon and without consequences, and worst of all, stress eating. And I gained about 75% of that loss back. While I might look like Year One was a failure, in my brain it’s been a huge success!!!

My Two Year’s Resolutions (kind of like New Year’s Resolutions, but better):

1) Continue to check myself when my inner monologue says things like “I’ll be happy once I lose this weight” and replace it with things like “I am currently happy AND especially happy that I’ve decided to take better care of myself which includes losing unhealthy weight.”

2) Continue to pay attention to how I look at food so that I can change poor habits into good choices; honestly recognizing that eating with compulsion due to stress is NOT the same as eating with intention due to hunger and basic nutritional requirements.

DFTC Carrots Two Years Resolutions

I have a habit to compulsively eat at the end of the day; without being hungry and without a specific craving, I really, really, really just want to eat. Since I’m not really eating with intention, I’ve replace my night-time snacks with frozen grapes or fresh carrots (in a dessert bowl, because presentation counts).

3) Continue to respect food as something my body needs to maintain, repair, and think RATHER than a way to pacify emotions or respond to an emergency.

4) Continue to plan ahead because there are versions of myself that CANNOT be trusted, and hungry-me is one of them. When I allow myself to get blood-sugar-droppingly hungry, I tend believe to that the only two options in the world are a) to put all of that bread into my mouth right now, or b) die. No one wants to die hungry-me, so a lack of planning on my part should not constitute an emergency on yours!

5) Continue to balance my relationship between intake and outtake. It took me years to learn fiscal responsibility, and I still learn new things about living within my means, so I’ll keep practicing nutritional responsibility AND fitness.

6) Continue to remember that I deserve good food, good movement, and good rest. If I wouldn’t stand for a life-sentence of proteins replaced with sugars, movements restricted, and sleep interrupted, then I will NOT volunteer to live that way!

Happy Two Years!

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We Went Out For Brunch!

WWDay: 8
Pounds: 206.6 (Weigh in 01.23.2012)
Thoughts: Well, the first week was hard. Very. Not memorizing equations or writing a thesis hard, but unexpectedly and surprisingly hard. I ended the week yesterday without any emotional valleys and I began this week with just one today. I suspect things will only get easier. Maybe I’ll have a week without any valleys?

Because I point-planned my breakfast, dinner, and snacks, I had enough points budgeted to stay on track, go out for brunch, and enjoy myself! We went to prasino‘s for (half of) a DELICIOUS AND THE BEST southwest black bean burger with mashed avocado, pico de gallo, arugula, monterey jack, and chipotle mayo on a multigrain bun.Then a half side of garlic wedge potatoes, a Bloody Mary, and shared sorbet!!!

Sure 19 points is nearly 2/3 my daily budget BUT amongst a point-planned day by a budget minded girl (and C), I stayed on track. A week ago today, I was positive no one could stay on track, go out to eat, AND enjoy themselves. I’m not above being wrong!

Time to Eat From Smaller Plates With Smaller Utensils

“The average size of an American dinner plate has increased almost 23 percent since 1900”

Today, C forwarded me yesterday’s NPR’s Food Blog: The Salt Deception Diet: How Optical Illusions Can Trick Your Appetite about how our brains are hard-wired to mislead us, and might be misleading us to overeat.

“As predicted by the illusion, people underserved and overestimated on small dishes, while the reverse was true for large dishes. People using the smallest dishes undershot the target serving by as much as 12 percent. But people using the largest dishes took up to 13 percent more food than they intended.”

WWDay: 7
Pounds: 206.6 (Weigh in 01.23.2012)
Thoughts: I successfully finished a week!!!

With a daily goal of 30 points and a weekly 49 points, I’ve got 18 weekly points left! My weekly activity goal was 16, and I earned 25! I ate those 25!

YAHOO