Now that I’m back and determined, I think it’s important to celebrate the little successes, instead of point out my failures. And, today, I had quite a few.
First, I tracked every single calorie. This is a huge feat for me–I H-A-T-E tracking. But the two times in my life I’ve tracked faithfully, I lost 45 and 47 pounds. It begs the question, why do I hate it when it’s been so good to me?! I use MyFitnessPal.com, and I really like it.
Secondly, I TURNED DOWN CAKE at a farewell celebration for a coworker. At first, I wasn’t going to go at all. Then I decided that it was absolutely insane that food was exerting so much control over me that it would keep me from attending a celebration to honor someone. I decided I would go and I’d be strong. It’s amazing how much power food has if I let it. Once I saw the cake, thoughts started flying through my head: well, if I just have a TINY piece, it won’t be that bad. Just a BITE won’t hurt. Whoa. I don’t even LOVE cake. I decided right then and there that *I* hold the power and I wasn’t going to let food rule my life. I chatted with a few coworkers and left. I had all the fun of seeing everyone, without the guilt. Now will I always turn down sweets? No. But I will plan for them and consciously choose to eat them–not take them just because they’re in front of me.
And, third, I grilled four chicken breasts to eat in salads this week. I also bought lots of goodies to put in the salads, including reduced fat blue cheese (just a touch), hard-boiled eggs and organic whole-grain croutons. I think I typically skip salads because they’re so darn unappealing. But with just a few extra calories, I can make them appetizing–and that’s a good trade-off from my typical frozen meals that are jam-packed with salt.
Anyone else have any little (or big!) successes to share?