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This Week's Topic: The Skill of Flexible Restraint
Flexible Restraint is a new topic to me and I find it helpful. When I am working hard to record every BLT I do lose weight but the weighing and measuring and counting becomes "hard" and "tedious" and I tend to fall off the wagon eventually. I like the idea of being flexible...
- On a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being totally in control of your eating and 1 being totally out of control, where do you think you are right now? 7...maybe? - What would "the right balance" look like for you? I would love to be doing simply filling or core and not think about it at all just have it fall into place...hmm...
This Week’s Routine: Wait several minutes before reaching for seconds. I don't usually have seconds...especially if I have counted out the points for the meal. I might reach for a zero point veg second instead of pointed foods, though
GHG of the Week: 2 Teaspoons of Healthy Oils - Olive, canola, sunflower, safflower, and flaxseed. With olive oil pressed from our own olives it is not hard to get 2 tsps in...though it can be hard to limit it to two teaspoons
What are you having for dinner? Last night I had kohlrabi-apple salad with a bean burger on whole grain bun
- On a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being totally in control of your eating and 1 being totally out of control, where do you think you are right now? Right now, I'd say I'm at a 6. I was probably at a 3 or 4 a week ago. Tracking is a big part of being in control. I am a "forgetful" eater. I won't care that I ate a bunch of pizza when the cake and ice cream show up. Tracking is the only thing that keeps me honest and aware of what I'm eating, which is the first step to being 'in control'.
- What would "the right balance" look like for you? I would love autopilot, but autopilot makes me 60+ lbs overweight. I think the perfect balance for me would be a lifestyle where I eat smaller portions of my normal high calorie foods and fill in the difference with fruits and veggies. I imagine if I did that and had water more often than soda, I could maintain a more reasonable weight. So that's the plan. We'll see if it gets me to goal.
This Week’s Routine: Wait several minutes before reaching for seconds. I'm not ready for this, mentally. But I have gone for seconds of the veggies first, which has been helping, I think. lol
GHG of the Week: 2 Teaspoons of Healthy Oils - Olive, canola, sunflower, safflower, and flaxseed. I have a tough time with this one. I try to cook with it, and it's easy to mix canola into oatmeal or drizzle on popcorn, but that's not super reliable.
What are you having for dinner? This week I'm making homemade pizza, my own recipe for penne rustica, a crockpot dish called Chicken delicious, another chicken dish with sautéed onions and mushrooms, and Velveeta chicken and broccoli. That's all I have planned for now.
The loss of a thousand pounds begins with a single ounce. (Adapted from Lao-Tzu)
This week I lost .3. Nothing exciting but it's in the right direction. I'm not going to do like I did the first time. I counted every single bite, didn't eat sweets & basically didn't enjoy myself when I went to parties, etc. I lost my weight but I couldn't maintain it over time. This time I'm fine going down slowly because it'll be easier to maintain once I reach goal. I'm giving myself a bravo sticker for exercising 6 days last week.
This topic is timely because I've been basically doing Flexible Restraint since Christmas. I realized I don't want to spend the rest of my life counting points. What I'm doing now is counting GHGs & watching my portions. If I want a sweet, I have it but haven't been going crazy because I don't have any in my house right now.
As far as the scale, I figure I'm about 8 right now. Overall, I'm doing fine with portion control & in control of what I'm eating. I'm happy to stay right there if the scale keeps moving in the right direction.
I rarely go for seconds. I don't bring the food to the table. It's portioned out in the kitchen so it's not in front of me. By the time I'm done with my meal, I'm full so it works out.
My 2 tsp of oil are added to my breakfast so it's out of the way.
A chopped veggie salad will go with my meals. The Green Eggs & Ham is a casserole my son adores & the green is broccoli. Wednesday is my cookbook club meeting. If you don't follow me on the general board, my cookbook club picks a book & all the members pick a recipe & we meet & have a nice lunch. That will be my challenging day because we have 24 members so plenty of food to go around. I usually take a bite of everything & then decide if anything is worthy of a second round. Typically I'm too full. The pasta beef soup is the recipe I picked to make. I'm hoping it's good enough to add to my rotation.