Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The Joy Of Watching What You Eat
I hate dieting. I hate dieting tips. I hate dieting books. I hate the whole idea. I think that most of us now really don't slap our foreheads when we hear dieting tips. I know I have a pretty good handle on what I should be eating and what I shouldn't be eating. The thing is...I may know it, but do I care?
What I know:
I know that a candy bar is going to taste great and offer nothing else for me. It smells good, tastes good, and is sticky and sweet. When I eat a chocolate bar, I savor it, I enjoy it, and five minutes after I eat it, I will not necessarily want another one, but I will not feel satisfied. If I am trying to lose weight I will most likely feel angry and annoyed with myself for eating what I shouldn't. I will probably be upset with myself for not staying away from all that chocolatey goodness. The worst thing that I could do is feel so bad that I eat more garbage. I am soooooo good at that! I don't know about you, but when I blow something, I really feel like blowing it all the way.
I know that I should not drink my calories. I hate not drinking my calories! I love coffee! Seriously love it. I think coffee is the bee's stinkin' knees. Sadly, I love coffee with cream and sugar. Well...half & half and sugar. Four tablespoons of half & half in my coffee adds 80 calories add two teaspoons of sugar and BOOM 32 more calories! GRRRRRRR. I don't care about any other high calorie drinks, but if I am going to try to lose weight, I cannot do it by enjoying coffee like I once did. I can either learn to enjoy my coffee black (oh doesn't that sound exciting?) or give it up altogether. The jury is still out on that. I do enjoy Green Mountain's Wild Blueberry coffee, and I can drink it with stevia. I may (don't bet on it yet) try to drink that and tea and see how things go.
I know that the more colorful the foods are that I eat, the better they are for me. Again this is one of those no brainers, but I don't really get jazzed over the color of my plate. I don't think "Oh my goodness those red peppers sure make my salad pop. Everything looks so bright and delicious!" Maybe I should. This is not to say that I don't like bright colored veggies and a pretty salad, but the fact is...I really have to make myself eat this stuff. I loved salad, but I am not all charged over it. I enjoy a lettuce wrap too, but that doesn't mean I will want to eat my burger wrapped in lettuce rather than a bun (I will choose do it though because that is a swap I can handle).
I know that I need to learn to make healthy choices. Each choice will bring me closer to my goal. I also know that I need to have a goal. I haven't really thought about what I want that goal to be yet. I better hop on the scale and figure that part out.
I know that I will be tempted. I know that even though my heart is willing, my flesh is weak. I know that I do not have to give in to temptation. When I give in, it is a set back. When I give in, I get bummed out and am very likely to blow the work that I put in and blow it bad. I just need to think and think and think before I eat.
This week I am going to formulate a plan for when things hit. More about that tomorrow. :)