A few days ago, I was talking to Billy about how hard it is to control my eating when I cook for a living. I asked him what he would do if he was in a similar situation. Billy can lose weight for his fights so easily, but part of the ease comes from having a job where food is not readily available. Like other normal people, he takes a lunch break around noon and eats dinner when he gets home. I, on the other hand, am constantly surrounded by food. I have to see it, smell it, handle it, and taste it. I find myself eating a meal for lunch when I know good and well that I've probably already consumed the equivalent by way of the many little tastes I had all afternoon. This has to stop.
Anyway, Billy's answer to my question was so simple, I felt pretty silly for not thinking of it. He told me that he would keep a pad of paper on the counter, and every time he put any amount of food in his mouth he would make a slash mark. So Wednesday morning I tried this out. My new co-worker Jiamie did it with me. It was funny. We kept catching each other and laughing as we marked down our slashies. But not so funny was that by the end of our shift, we had each consumed at least ten of something, whether it was licking hummus off of a spoon or eating a full blown meal. Wow. The next day, we tried to beat our score from the previous one and it was amazing how much more aware we seemed to be. Imagine what we had eaten before the slashie project existed!
In a recent sharepost, I mentioned that I wanted to start laying out my meal plans in advance to make sticking to regular eating a little easier. Well, I've already determined that this simply will not work because of the variety of food I'm around all day. But I think keeping up with the slashie project will be a good replacement. If I can get my marks down to, say, three or less, I think that would be a good goal. Otherwise, I have been doing much better with the eating. I actually said no to a recent delivery of some of the most delicious gluten-free (but still sugar-laden) baked goods ever, and I've been eating more regular meals. Carbs are still calling to me but I'm doing better with limiting them, and making up for the times I do eat them by sticking to small portions the rest of the day. I'm happy to report that I'm down almost five pounds since the New Year.
I also kept my word and made the promised "path-to-wellness" phone calls. Unfortunately, I learned that I cannot have a hormone panel test while I am on birth control because everything will automatically come out normal. That makes a lot of sense...I feel fine when I'm on the medicine. It's when I get off that things go crazy. I was really disappointed to learn this but I'm not giving up. I did put a call into a naturopathic doctor who I think may be able to help get some of this sorted out, and I am waiting to hear back. In the meantime, I am getting my list of supplements together that I know will at least get me started. Basic stuff like omegas, a multi, and probiotics. As soon as I have some extra money, I'll be ordering those.
Finally, I had my first yoga class on Thursday, and it was absolutely wonderful. It was a Vinyasa yoga class. Vinyasa means connecting breath to movement. I was so relaxed and refreshed after class, and I can't wait to try another one next week. I think it will be a great compliment to my current fitness plan. Looking forward to reporting more good progress.
Published On: January 12, 2011