Sunday, May 06, 2007

arranging my environment for success

photo by daisyk

Day 7 of The Beck Diet Solution calls for arranging your environment to remove temptations and to make it easier to eat the kinds of foods your plan suggests. I didn't just fall up the turnip wagon on this dieting thing, so my kitchen is fairly free of the big saboteurs: anything made by Frito Lay, cookies, candy.

I do have a few indulgences I allow myself: a really good brand of blue corn tortilla chips, hummus, nuts. There is one sleeve of Ritz crackers still in the cupboard, but I think as long as I don't open it, I shouldn't be sabotaged by it. The main thing that I need to do tonight is to go through and straighten up my cupboards and fridge.

I spent a couple of hours today cleaning and decluttering the rest of the house because I may have company today, but the refrigerator and cupboards are hidden from view and were a low-priority to-do-list item until later. For me, a messy house is a big trigger for not only overeating but laziness in general, so I feel like my spring-cleaned house will help me succeed. Plus, with Weight Watchers, I can earn activity points for cleaning. I am counting it as two hours of light activity, which is 5 points.

I am going to need those points because I'm going to visit my sister today and will be faced with some of the foods that I have banished from my house. It's a birthday celebration, and I plan to have a reasonable lunch and a small piece of cake. I have 18 points left for the day and can fit that into my plan. I also made sure to have a healthy snack -- some raw veggies and some hummus -- because I didn't want to arrive starved and it might be a challenge to eat my vegetables today, knowing my family's meat-and-potatoes orientation.

I have had a very good week so far. Yesterday I ended up going over my daily points target by 6, but as I explained in an earlier post, I have a few squirreled away for just such occasions. Out of that 14-point reserve, I have now used 8, and I have 6 left in case things get a little out of hand today. I really don't think it should, though. I have prepared for the situation, and I can always have a lighter dinner tonight if I need to.

I'm glad I haven't gotten to the part of this plan that suggests working out your food ahead of time yet. I know that will be a big challenge for me.


  1. I agree with you, when my house is messy I am more likely to overeat. This post got me thinking about my environment. Now that I am planning again, I have been getting storage containers, freezer bags, etc. I also have my scale and measuring cups handy. I find I need several tablespoon and cup measurers so that if one is dirty, I still have one. When things are organized, I can stick to plan better. I still have some snacky treat items stashed for the kids, but if I have plenty of alternatives for me, I can make the right choice. I hope the party goes well. I like your WW point system, it is like a budget. It sounds like you are doing great. Thanks for sharing the Beck Solution for today!

  2. I love what you have done with the outside. Cozy.


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