Monday, June 29, 2015

Knowing and doing are two different things

We've already established that I know how to live as a happy, healthy person who maintains her weight. I lost the weight and maintained within 10 pounds of my lowest weight for 8-9 months, so I know what needs to be done. Right now, however, and for the last few months, I have been eating crazy amounts of food and making food choices that include way too much sugar and flour, and as a result I now weigh 25 pounds more than I did at this time last year.

I keep "starting over", telling myself I'll stick to my eating plan: lots of lean protein, good fats, low glycemic fruits and vegetables, limited amounts of naturally occurring starches like garbanzos, black beans, sweet potatoes, and corn, plus even more limited amounts of whole grains like quinoa and brown rice. And then something happens at some point - possibly the first day, possibly after five days of eating well - and I have "just one" treat. That one treat becomes a day of poor eating, sometimes several. (Once it was even a week long sugar/flour/simple carbohydrate fest.)

My blood sugar doesn't like these transgressions. My waist line does NOT like these transgressions. My self esteem isn't fond of them, either. I KNOW what to do but actually doing it is not easy - it never was and dealing with this wretched regain is not helping at all.

I need to stop moderating sugar and flour for a while, sort of like a detox, to see if going cold turkey will help mute the cravings. To help keep me accountable, I'm writing my plan down here so that someone else will know what I'm committing to for the next week:

  1. Nothing containing flour;
  2. Nothing with more than 20 grams of sugar;
  3. Drink at least 64 ounces of water each day;
  4. Meditate at least 10 minutes each day
  5. Come here to write 4 times this week
We shall see how this goes. I'm hoping to re-start my healthy eating and start rebuilding my self esteem by proving to myself that I still want to be happy and healthy.

Anyone want to join me? Leave a comment with your commitment(s) for this week and we'll keep each other accountable.

2 comments:

That Girl said...

Good luck! I can't mess with my diet too much right now, but I'm really looking forward to getting back into exercise in a couple of weeks!

That Girl said...

Good luck! I can't mess with my diet too much right now, but I'm really looking forward to getting back into exercise in a couple of weeks!