Since our last edition, I've maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I've remained refined sugar-free, I've met or exceeded my daily water goal, I've enjoyed some good walks, and I've stayed well connected with exceptional support.
I took my exercise indoors last night at the RecPlex. The frigid temps of late are likely temporary for us. We're expecting more seasonal mid 50's for highs the rest of the week. Mom's place isn't too far from the RecPlex, so I stopped for a visit on the way home. She had her hair fixed earlier yesterday. She's always happiest when her hair is looking great. It was a good indoor walk and a good visit-- the perfect ending to a relatively decent Tuesday.
Not my food. Those three words have helped me tremendously over the years. Not my food. I rarely write about temptations--and if/when I do, you know, I must have been in a compromising circumstance--likely hungry, angry, lonely, or tired--or, just plain unprepared, that can happen too.
I can only write and share from my experience, of course--can't speak for anyone but me. But the "not my food" approach starts with what is my food. I love the on-plan food I eat. It's a food plan containing only foods I enjoy, enjoy preparing--and it's a food plan with just enough balance between variety and repetition.
I fully appreciate the significance of my food plan in terms of what it brings. Peace, calm, and stability with food means, I'm well. I know what is my food and what isn't my food. The consequences of my food and not my food are very clear to me because of experience.
The "Not my food" approach is the only thing that works for me.
"Just a little" or "just this time" or "one isn't going to hurt me," are phrases found in perspectives that'll ultimately kill someone like me. Sounds dramatic, I know. But it's straight up my truth. Nearly twenty years near, at, or above 500 pounds as an out of control food addict, I don't take it lightly. But at the same time, I don't stress. With clear and honest vision, I know what fits in my food plan and what doesn't. On days when the lines get blurred and my choices are clearly affected or potentially affected by whatever circumstance in play, I must reach for support. Because I don't play.
I make sure to never put the responsibility of my food plan on anyone else--I don't depend on anyone or elements of chance to protect the integrity of my food plan. I must be prepared. I must be responsible for my food plan.
I really enjoy preparing food in the kitchen. I don't fancy myself a cook. I simply prepare most things. The process gives me pause. The weighing and measuring, the logging, the preparing, the social media posts--all of it has become ways to promote mindfulness, awareness, and pause. Those things are not part of my deeply ingrained natural settings. Doing these things act as speed bumps, helping keep me within certain "speed limits" with food. It's a practice each day.
My morning foundational routine is complete and I'm ready to launch this Wednesday. I'm full of gratitude this morning for a long list of things.
Social Media Accountabilty:
View this post on Instagram#whatsfordinner Meatloaf with pan prepared sweet potatoes and green beans. What makes this meatloaf work is the 96% lean ground beef: Keeps the calorie count low. The mushrooms: Helps keep it moist and give it volume. The individual muffin tin: Packs it in and helps hold it together. 6oz 96% lean ground beef, 1 egg white, 77g orange bell pepper, 63g white onion, 4.9oz sliced and chopped white mushrooms, 53g refined sugar-free ketchup mixed in- and an additional 17g refined sugar-free ketchup on top after baking. Meatloaf calories: 362. 158g diced sweet potato, 58g white onion, 40g orange bell pepper, 3.5oz mushrooms, and approximately 3 seconds olive oil cooking spray. Pan prepared sweet potato dish: 216 cal. 134g green beans: 22 cal. #dailypractice #foodplan Total meal calories: Exactly 600. I love it when it accidentally hits a whole number like that. Lol. I know- I’m weird... in a good way! But I love it. Whatevs. #accountability
View this post on Instagram#whatsfordinner 300g fresh catfish filets, rinsed and coated with 38g yellow corn meal- then oven “fried” with olive oil cooking spray (approximately 6 seconds total for fish and potatoes), 174g sliced red potato- baked with fish. 25g refined sugar-free ketchup. 3.2oz jonagold apple slices coated with 3g cinnamon, covered and baked until soft and cinnamony. I’m not sure if “cinnamony” is a word but it should be a word. #dailypractice #foodplan #accountability #simplecooking #whatilike 657 cal.
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