The plan I made last week was easy to follow and tasty. Making the two soups and the large Garden Bean Salad made a big difference in having something good, filling and available right now to flesh out a meal or meet a hunger pang. And, surprisingly, I haven’t missed the refined flour breads or pastas!
We’re getting tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and lots of other good things like this edamame from organic seed from our garden.
The structure of themed dinners appeals to me because I enjoy a variety of spices and cuisines. Knowing what’s coming up seems to successfully quell my obsessive food thoughts.
That’s the good news.
The bad news?
I’ve put on two pounds this week and feeling a bit pudgier than this time last week. It’s certainly not what I’m eating but I’m not exercising consistently – only exercised 3 of the last 7days and I have no excuse or reason. Maybe my lizard brain is desperate to hold tight to old fat and weight for deeply ingrained primal reasons and since the food thoughts are soothed, it is sabotaging the exercise. Who knows what that odd pterodactyl is wringing its claws over!
Yet I saw this clip of one of my fitness heroes, Tony Horton, on Dr. Oz and it spoke to me on a number of levels including a slogan from Overeaters Anonymous: Just for Today. Don’t work out to finish a program, or to fit into a dress for a special event – exercise today because it feels good today; eat well today because it feels good today. If I can use this approach to turn my thinking around to a more immediate gratification, a hedonistic delight – Tony may have just given me the key to continued weight loss; to reach my goal without focusing on the goal; just making myself feel great right now! I’m going to try this attitude on and take it for a test drive.