While I do believe that my experiences and observations during Food Rehab 2010 are relevant to A Runner’s Delight, I also realize many people come here for information rather than personal triumph, woe, and check in. That said, if you’re curious as to how the past eleven weeks have been going, you’re welcome to keep reading under the cut. And if you’re not curious, then…don’t.
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After reading and reviewing David Kessler’s The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, I felt empowered to work on my own health pitfall of overeating foods that stimulate rather than appropriately eating foods that satiate. In order to change not just my habits but really my entire approach to food, I analyzed what triggers me to overeat, and came up with a few basic rules to follow in order to get a grip.
At my last check-in, potatoes were tricking me into eating them despite all desire not to, pizza was acting might persuasive, and I was doing some panda-kung fu on portion control.
And now you’re in the know!
Oy, so first I have to note there was a minor mishap around the middle of November involving my entire purse getting waterlogged, which meant the notebook that I use to write down everything I eat and how much I exercise (yes, write–I’m old fashioned like a malted shake) became soggy sadpants. Even though I laid the notebook out and even tried blow-drying it, the pages were both unable to soak up new ink, and a lot of the writing I had done started flaking away. Oops. Anyway.
The downside of the past four weeks: I guess my biggest failure foodwise is that I’m not keeping super careful track of everything I eat. Usually I write down everything I eat in “real time,” but the last month I’ve been keeping up every three or four days, which means I’m having to recall everything eaten and all activity done over a multiple day span. While it’s an interesting exercise in memory, I’m not convinced it’s the must accurate of plans.
Dessert keeps sneaking up on me; I didn’t realize just how often I was confronted with sweets. It seems like anytime I head to the parental homestead for a meal or go out with friends, we’re getting desserty. Which wouldn’t be terrible, except that it’s happening at least twice every week…oops. Add on top that Thanksgiving, a few holiday parties, and going out for happy hour drinks a little more often than before, the calories are certainly still getting in.
The upside: Still exercising with regularity despite both a sore arm that feels remotely like it might become bursitis and freezing cold weather both in the loft and out. While I’m not always running, I am always either at the gym or trying something new. Other good things include lowering the amount of sugar I put in my coffee, and eating both veggies and protein at work.
As far as the other rules go…not eating butter on carbs, skipping cheese and pizza, and bringing healthy food to parties, only the latter is happening. This makes me think the rules need to be altered; not because they are bad rules, but because in the end, my biggest concern is simply not overeating. Since I am doing well with that (except for dessert), maybe it’s time to re-evaluate the rules a bit.
With that in mind, some new rules:
1. Continue on attempting to not eat pizza, fries and cheese when possible, but not being a complete wet-blanket about the whole endeavor. It’s going to happen. I can refrain, and I should refrain, but if it’s more polite to just suck it up and eat it, then I don’t think I should beat myself up about it.*
2. Dessert once a week. Yup. Once a week. It’s okay to tell my mom “oh, no thanks!” if I already ate dessert some other day. Really.
3. Write down what I eat by the end of the day, not by the end of three days from the end of the day.
Lifestyle change, we’re still on! Go 2010!
* I had an interesting conversation with Ciana about how simply not beginning to indulge in something presented to you means that you are in a position not to over-indulge. I feel like refraining is perfectly acceptable, I just need to feel comfortable doing so and know how to do it with grace. She inspired me, and I’m going to keep that in mind.