For those following along on this journey, you may be wondering where Day 6 went. Although the title doesn't reflect it, it was Saturday. I kept the title Saturday Summary and didn't necessarily write about my food choices that day. I'll fix that next week.
Holy temptations! There is no shortage of temptation around me. From the cake, donuts, and luncheon on Friday to indulgent cookies at a seminar I attended yesterday, temptation will always be present.
There are a few ways I'm handling temptation:
- Stay away. I chose to stay away from the area of my office last week where all the goodies were, until 4pm, as you may have already read about. Staying away from treats, or eliminating them from the house usually works pretty well for me.
- Plan in advance. Decide to indulge at certain events/times and be conscious of other choices made to balance those decisions. My family went to an event Friday night. I had THREE slices of cheese pizza! I could have planned even more and brought my own food, but it would have felt weird. Plus, I already know that when I ELIMINATE certain foods completely, it makes me feel deprived. When I feel deprived, I tend to revolt and return back to my poor eating habits if I don't see progress when I want/expect to. So being flexible with my diet to the extent that I can indulge at times is very helpful to keeping me engaged in this process.
- Be conscious. (Duh! Point of this blog!) I had an opportunity to get a cookie with lunch at a seminar yesterday. I asked myself if that choice was in alignment with my goal of being healthy and losing weight. Answer was no. I picked up an apple instead. Staying aware of the goal and remembering that this is NOT an all or nothing game is key. Even if I do make a poor decision, I must get right back into the saddle and press forward.
It's been a week. So far, I've lost two pounds. I would love to have lost 30 lbs already, but we all realize that's not realistic. It took me about 1.5 years to put on 15 lbs. I can at least wait a month or two to get it off. With perspective and consciousness, success is inevitable.
Be open to what comes.