Thursday, October 22, 2009

If My Name Was Stan...

...I'd be "Stan with a Plan".

My name isn't Stan, though, and "Julie with a Plan" doesn't have the same ring to it. Unfortunately.

I do have a plan, however.

I'm failing when it comes to eating properly. If I weren't so devoted to exercising, I'd probably be in big trouble. So, I'm glad that I'm not in big trouble, but I know I could be doing even better if I was more faithful to eating the way my doctor recommends. To that end, I have made goals (aka, a plan) to help me get back to those recommendations.

1. No Snacking. I seriously struggle with this one, especially at work or if I'm home alone past 9pm. It's not that I'm actually hungry, I'm bored and decide to grab a quick snack. Fortunately, my snacks aren't very horrible (mostly tootsie rolls and peanuts) but the calories can quickly add up. So, for the next 30 days (starting today), I'm making a goal of no eating between meals. Yes, there will be the occasional exception, but as long as they remain an Exception instead of a Rule.

2. Protein. When my band was too tight the past couple months, I really steered away from lean protein. I couldn't eat very much of it without becoming too full, so I started to eat "softer" foods. Mmm. I love "soft" foods! Think bread, desserts, pasta, couscous - carbs basically. Now that my band has been loosened a bit, lean protein sits better with me, but I'm still eating more carbs than I should. So, I'm going to eat my portion of protein first, then if there's room, I'll eat a little something extra.

3. Water. It is so hard to get enough water if I don't stay focused on it. I wait for the 30 minutes after breakfast, but I get busy and then it's almost lunch, so I don't drink anything until after lunch. However, I get busy after lunch and it's mid-afternoon before I finally drink some water. I guzzle it down until I leave work, then I exercise and drink some more afterward, but then I get so busy that I don't drink the whole rest of the night! I need to make a more concerted effort to get in my 64 oz of water every day. I'm still not sure how I'm going to do it, but I've found that if I focus on making sure I'm drinking water, I tend to drink more water, ironically enough. *smile*

They seem like simple enough goals/plans, right? It's not like I'm committing to drink nothing but Slim Fast for 10 days! That, my friends, was hard. If I could do that, I can do anything.

I just have to keep reminding myself of that.


Mellissa said...

Your goals seem totally doable, for anyone, but it's the doing and not the saying that makes it hard. Good luck with your plans. (Just put up pictures of Slimfast all over your house to remind you that these goals are nothing compared with those 10 days.) ;)

Cardine said...

So, I need a plan, too. Forgive me if I use your "Losing It" blog for my plans. Mine is that I won't do midnight snacking anymore. I LOVE midnight snacking, but it does me no good. Seriously. I love it. I can go for a whole meal at midnight. *sigh*

Melissa said...

I agree with Missy, your goals seem totally doable and something that anyone could do. I have a really hard time with snaking and I mean really hard. Being home all day with the kids it is so easy just to grab whatever I want and not think about what it is or if I should be eating it. Good luck!

julie said...

Missy, thanks for the well wishes. I actually really like you Slimfast idea. I have a few leftover cans; maybe I'll put them in strategic places to help me remember that I'm stronger than my urge to eat! :)

Cardine, you are welcome to use my blog for whatever purposes you wish. Especially since I know those purposes won't be bad, illegal, unethical, etc. *smile* Good luck with your goal of no midnight snacking!

Melissa, I think it would be really hard to be at home with the kids all day and not snack! I guess I should be thankful that I don't have it that hard. :)

tearese said...

yeah, since my kids stopped taking regular naps (when I napped too!) Its sooo much harder not to keep eating through the day.Plus, when pregnant I got in the habit of always having icecream or oreos etc at night when Joseph and I watch the shows we watch online, and its just not doing me any good. I definitely lost my pregnancy weight faster the last two times!