For the past 12+ months, I’ve been unhappy with my weight – thinking, talking and blogging about it over and over. I feel like I have all the right tools to lose the weight. I already love healthy food and exercise and I am usually very driven when it comes to goals – it should have all fallen into place by now. But it hasn’t. So the question is WHY?
I’ve been struggling with staying within my Points Plus allowance on a daily basis. I’ve been ending the nights with too many snacks. I’ve been giving in to the “last supper” behavior. I’ve been doing things I’m not only not proud of but that have been taking me further from achieving my goal.
In an effort to be kind to myself and not beating myself up for “failing” at yet another attempt at a healthy day, I’ve decided to try something a little different. I’ve been digging a little deeper and trying to really understand why every morning I have all the intention of sticking to the plan and yet every night I wish for a do-over.
So I’ve taken a closer look into what foods and situations prevent me from accomplishing my goal. Here are a few I’ve identified – this list is definitely a work in progress!
Challenge #1: No easily accessible healthy food that I actually want to eat.
I plan my dinners on a weekly basis so I thought I was following the experts’ advise on this. What I discovered over the last 10 days is that I often plan for meals that I don’t actually crave. A dish may have good nutritional stats, or another blogger mentioned she really enjoyed it. There is a chance that despite my apprehension I may love it but the problem is that I’m not motivated to make it… even though I have all the ingredients already purchased! Sometimes that means that take-out or a random throw in a bowl-type dish is snacks seem more appealing. This also sets me up for failure the next day because of lack of leftovers.
Solutions: Listen to your gut. Plan meals that you crave!
Challenge #2: Planned meals are too ambitious.
I feel like if I have no after work plans, I should be able to make a “real” meal that I can blog about later. The problem is that sometimes on such nights I actually feel like I finally have a minute to breathe and relax. Or that I at least deserve one! This makes me rebel against my ambitious plans and want to nix them.
Solution: Have a few meals planned that require no real cooking. Sandwiches and pita pizzas are perfect for nights like this. Make sure you have the right ingredients to make them still appealing and healthy!
Challenge #3: Morning rush followed by the need to come home for lunch.
I already talked about my need to start going to bed early. I’m still working on that – this is a very tough habit to break! What I realized is that living across the street from work is a blessing and a curse. I feel like I can just come home for lunch and make a “real” meal. The downside? After my real healthy lunch, I want to keep lounging on the couch for the rest of the afternoon, eating bonbons (ok, maybe nuts straight out of the bag).
Solution: Pack your lunch and your gym clothes and take them to work! No stopping by the house mid-day unless it’s an emergency!!! This will prevent unnecessary snacking mid-day and will make the workday a lot more efficient.
Challenge #4: Too many or too few baked goods around.
I’ve realized that if I have delicious baked goods around the house, I want to finish them off so that they’ll be gone and I can be “better” tomorrow. My solution for this past week was to stop bringing them into the house (or making them). This reduced my sweets intake for a few days but I’m now going through withdrawals and have started filling in the gap with other less desirable foods. I’m munching on nut butters out of the jar, on bars of chocolate that are still in my house (it’s very different from a baked good for me though!) and even chips with hummus or bean dip or nuts (don’t ask me how a void of cookies can be filled with chips… I’m just stuffing whatever looks good into my mouth!). I’m trying to fill the void that can only be filled in one way.
Solution: ???? Maybe buy 1 cookie a day and save it for after dinner? This won’t really fall into my Weight Watchers plan but neither does all this unnecessary night time snacking.
What about you? Do you have any trigger events or foods that are preventing you from moving towards your goal?
Any advise for me on that last challenge?
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