Technically, my endeavor in Project Food Rehab wound down a year ago with a seventh update. However, two things have occurred to me since I said “That’s a wrap!” First, I never gave a final run down on the experience. And two, I miss giving updates – changing the way one lives, eats, and co-exists with food is not finished over the course of a year, or two years, or three years. It takes a lifetime, and is always evolving.
So, Food Rehab is back. No idea what I’m talking about? Read on.
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 I was in the throes of carb-heaven and had taken a new job that greatly reduced the amount of time I had to devote to working out. I gave myself a number of goals, including portion control, post work nutrition plans, hydration and strength training.
In regards to my goals from yesteryear, there’s been good news and there’s been mediocre news. The good news is that despite a slightly wild few months with fancy cheese (living next to Whole Foods is both a treat and a trick), I don’t piddle away calories on store-bought meals as often, meaning I’m healthier than I was a year ago after working hours. Plus, I’m a hydrating diva and I have continued to strength train regularly.
Sigh. Now the mediocre news.
My body doesn’t love only working out once a day. Though my overall fitness is still very good, I can tell I’ve deteriorated a bit. I don’t feel as strong, as healthy, or as fit. Mostly, I don’t feel as energetic. Problemo, right? Bigger problemo is simply that, while I’ve always fluctuated over a range of a few pounds, the scale seems to be a little more likely to stay up rather than work it’s way back down. And I know the number is not anywhere near tooooo high, but the last time I weighed this much I noticed a difference in my body and my then-boyfriend agreed that I had changed shape a bit. That memory doesn’t conjure up feelings of fitness.
So! With all that in mind, I feel ready to try something different. On my last post, Jen commented that one issue might be not varying my workouts. It’s true, over the last six months I’ve definitely fallen into routines. Starting tonight, that gets changed. Which actually means two things get changed. First, I’m going to tack on a second workout to my day. This does not have to be a crazy long work out. But it has to happen. Second, I’m going to try some different things. My gym offers a wide variety of classes that I’ve never taken advantage of. So I signed up for tonight’s spin class.
Other goals to keep in mind: hydrating, of course (though I’m doing well on this, I always think everyone could hydrate more). And the healthy-dinner plan/forgoing desserts plan. And no, that doesn’t mean just eating kale chips for dinner (which I definitely do way too often). Or broccoli chips. Because I have been pairing those with a spoonful of cookie butter (classy!). I’m looking for a more well rounded dining experience. Veggies, protein, and all.
Let’s get food rehab’d in here!