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.
If You Haven’t Been Reading Runner’s Delight, Here’s What You Missed
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, desserts were finding me in the most unlikely of places, and I wasn’t being a diligent dame about writing down my food and exercise. That said, I was still exercising with regularity and was feeling pretty good about the whole experience.
And now you’re in the know!
Yikes. The holiday season definitely smacked a hefty toll on me—kind of like that Bay Bridge fee (really, bridge? Really?). I’ve enjoyed frosting for breakfast on two occasions, along with having an actual breakfast on more occasions (and we all know how I feel about breaking my fast before noon). Oh, and pizza twice (plus twice more when you consider leftovers). And writing down anything? Hoight! So not the best. Totally failed on all my previous goals.
On the plus side, there’s been regular exercising, acknowledging of pathetic eating habits, and the purchasing of my first pair of skinny jeans. And the scale still tells me I’m well within an acceptable range of poundage.
I think part of the issue is needing to get back Kessler’s inspiration. To eat real foods, to eat less, and to actively refrain from eating foods that are meant to stimulate instead of satiate. Yes, frosting is a stimulant. Even homemade frosting. However, salad is a “satiant” and I do like me some salad. I can make better choices, continue to prioritize working out, and just generally keep my head in the game.
Goals for the next few weeks? Eat to satiate, not to stimulate. Get back to the basics. Literally.