Friday, November 07, 2014

"I'm the kind of person who ______"

I really believe a lot of life is about how you complete that sentence. I realized in my Weight Watchers meeting this last week that I was subconsciously telling myself, "I'm the kind of person who has a lot of trouble losing weight." Changing that perceived identity to, "I am the kind of person who will get to her goal weight," is going to take a little work. But just in the last week, I changed from thinking "I'm the kind of person who doesn't like to plan meals ahead" to "I'm the kind of person who likes to know what she's eating for her next meal."

Today I met a friend for lunch and I had good intentions. I was going to order the grilled chicken salad with fruit and balsamic vinaigrette on the side.  Instead, I rolled with peer pressure and ordered a (light) pasta dish and split an appetizer and dessert. And I didn't like being the kind of person who overate at lunch all that much, especially when I tried on clothes and felt self-conscious of my very full belly, which seemed huge.
It was a beautiful day and I hadn't worked out yet, so when I got home, I changed into running clothes and got out there. I took a couple of pictures to remind myself that I'm the kind of person who likes running.


  1. As you know, I stick, rather than plan, and that works for me.

    Diane plans the whole week, written out on a board in her kitchen. I know a lot of people who do that - plan, make shopping list, shop, follow plan all week.

    We really eat the same foods most every week. So I guess I plan in the sense that I figured out long ago what to eat, and then just follow the same plan. That makes it would like we have little variety. I have a lot of different kinds of veggies, some fruit, odds and ends of other things, egg whites, nuts, chicken, turkey, fish. So it feels like a wide variety.

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    Kind of what you were talking about, was in my email inbox this morning

  3. Like Vickie, I eat pretty much the same most of the time. If I go to restaurants I usually check out their menu online ahead of time, and know what I will order. During the week, we have a routine of what we eat for breakfast (four days of oatmeal and three days of egg/egg whites and toast.) I always have milk and fruit. I also have a menu of lunch ideas, and for dinner, I know when I'm having pasta, potatoes, rice, etc. The same goes for fish, chicken, or beef/pork meals each week. It really helps me to organize the grocery shopping and stay within my calorie limits. I got in this habit when I went to WW back in the early days and many foods were limited to how many times a week. This may sounds quite restrictive, but there are always exceptions and I am okay with that. This routine has helped me with my weight loss this last year. When I have gotten out of this routine, I have often experienced weight gain, because the amounts of what I was eating got out of control too.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07