I feel like I need to tighten up my diet and quit “half assing” it. But I also need to be realistic and know that life is busy and I won’t always eat perfect.
I know I feel better when I’m strict about cutting out sugar and processed foods, and eating more whole and natural foods. I know when I get off track, it’s hard to pull it back together.
Perhaps I need to cut myself some slack and plan for the imperfections.
For example, yesterday Marcus came home with corn dogs and French fries for lunch. So I ate them. Partly because we are running low on groceries (again). Partly because it was easy. Partly so I could eat with the kids instead of making something else for myself. All excuses? Absolutely.
But (I hate starting sentences with but…it feels like another excuse, although it’s life and I need a way to work all this out) I also need to find a way to fit these occasions into my life. I will never eat perfect. Sometimes I don’t want to worry about eating right. Sometimes I don’t want to take the time or effort to eat healthy. Perhaps if I plan for the less-than-desirable meals, it’ll help me eat better the rest of the time. If I’m really craving something, I can save it for Saturday and know I can have it then if I still want it. I’ve heard of people who claim having one “free” day each week can help a person lose weight because it confuses the body a bit instead of sticking with the same low calories day in and day out.
If I do this, it does NOT mean it’s a free-for-all day. Maybe it’s a I-don’t-have-to-write-down-what-I’m-eating-day. Which brings me to another thought. I think I need to start writing down what I eat, even if I’m not tracking calories, Weight Watcher points, carbs, etc. Just having to write it down so I see in black and white what I eat should help.
I understand eating healthy 99% of the time is how I will lose weight the quickest. But I’m also looking to make realistic changes that I can live with forever. That way I will keep the weight off instead of feeling deprived.
I still gravitate toward eating clean, but guess I am simply trying to figure out how to make it work around my crazy life. Without beating myself up or letting it derail me. Overall I do feel like I’m heading in the right direction. Ever so slowly.
A few days ago, my birthday gifts arrived, including my NutriBullet! The short cups seem a bit small, but maybe I can cram more in them than I think. It’s fun experimenting and so far I really like it. It blends apples and carrots in a snap! I’m excited to try new combinations, especially as we head into spring (dare I say we may finally see it in our near future??) and there is more variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Some people plan for a cheat meal or a cheat day each week. What are your thoughts on this?