Sunday, August 27, 2006

need to get back on track


As you might be able to tell from my post yesterday, I've been having some junky and careless food days lately. Yesterday I went to a potluck brunch where I didn't know many people. It wasn't really much fun for me, so I managed to sample way too many of the dishes provided by the very good cooks in this group. So of course, I had no idea what the points were for anything, which gave me an excuse to not count anything at all for the day. And I hadn't counted anything the day before either. Crazy.

The thing is, I always think that it will be more "fun" to just eat what I want and not worry about the points, but it isn't really fun to know that I'm blowing things in a big way just as I'm starting to see some real results. It's also not fun to eat way past fullness just because I'm feeling bored and anxious, the way I did yesterday at the brunch.

As a way of reminding myself of all these things (it's amazing how years of testing this theory that overeating is fun still haven't managed to disprove it for me), I wrote a post that touched on the ways that a food plan can be a form of self-care. A lot of the time I'm writing these things to try and convince myself... Now, of course, I'm worried that I sound arrogant and judgemental. I am curious to see how people respond to it.

All I know for sure is that I really need to go back to the things that work for me: sensible exercise and following my food plan. There's nothing fun in feeling stuffed and fat.

5 comments:

  1. Nothing fun in worry about it either. That is such a factor for me - I am realizing how much time I spent worrying, fretting, being unhappy with myself. This impacted my ability to get to sleep and stay asleep hugely.

    This week will be better.

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  2. I hate [and love] those pot luck things! We have those at our church or a freinds place every so often and it's mostly devinely sweet things that are at the top of my
    *Avoid like the plague* list!
    I'd stay away when i know there happening, but its usualy the only time i get to catch up with some people.
    I'm thinking about suggesting a pot luck dinner and ask everyone to bring the tastiest, simplest,and healthiest dish they have :o)

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  3. I think feeling "the need to get back on track" after a small binge or a few days off food plan are what make successful dieters/weight losers/maintainers. When you veer off the food plan and do not have that little voice telling you "get back on track" - that is when weight gain occurs - at least for me. So, I hope I will always here that little nagging sentence shortly after I have strayed.

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  5. You had a detour (to borrow that phrase) but you got back on the freeway and will do well. I think switching gears and changing our mindset to even being aware of being bored and anxious is important. I'm not sure I would have noticed that I felt anxious and bored if I were in your shoes. So give yourself credit for that awareness.

    A food plan does mean a form of self-care; if you were diabetic, you'd have to be careful. If you had gout or kidney disease, you'd have to be careful with food. I really like that post on AFG.

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