I've been feeling frustrated lately, and not just about the quickly dying laptop. The irony is that I'm finally getting on top of things like work and laundry, but in doing so I am falling hopelessly into a cycle of bad eating. While I am still essentially down 45 lbs from my prepregnancy weight I see it starting to creep up rather than heading back down.
I know that I need to exercise more and eat less but I also know that I have an extreme case of what I call food ADD. You don't know food ADD? Food ADD is when you constantly become distracted (ooo, donuts) by the food you know you shouldn't be eating (mmm, french fries) and despite your best intentions to eat healthy you end up coming out of a trance (Ice cream!!) and discover you've abandoned your plans for the sake of the immediate food gratification.
I exaggerate a bit, but it is a little bit. Many days it seems like I do lose all ability to reason when food choices are placed in front of me. So I need to start again, but I am always prone to taking on too much and abandoning it all when I fail at any one piece so I'm going to start small but determined. And I'd like your suggestions. Below are three feasible but still challenging options to jump start my healthy eating and I'd like your opinion on which one I should begin with. (It is my hope that I'll move to all of these things soon).
1. Give up soda.
PROS - this will get rid of calories I don't need and almost certainly mean giving up the majority of caffiene in my diet as well since I'm addicted to diet coke and not really a big coffee drinker.
CONS - itcertainly mean giving up the majority of caffiene in my diet as well since I'm addicted to diet coke and not really a big coffee drinker. :)
2. Give up sugary items - baked goods, candy (halloween included), sugar drinks, ice cream, etc.
PROS - This might make the most difference and break the sugar cycle that I've established. And since I've been craving them a lot it could be a large calorie reduction that doesn't have a natural replacement.
CONS - I'm sure that the sugar detox will be ugly and ever since being pregnant I've had a major sweet tooth.
3. Give up the fried sides - french fries, chips (corn too), onion rings, etc.
PROS - This is a big fat part of the diet and might help me make better choices in my meals (particularly lunches out which happen too frequently) as well as shrinking the size of meals and taking away many of the foods I'm likely to munch on unknowingly.
CONS - Like the other cons there really shouldn't be except that I LIKE them and they really hit a specific salt craving that I don't have an alternative for.
Now I may not give all these things up for the rest of my life but my goal would be to make it too Thanksgiving and reevaluate depending on how 1. I felt during it 2. My eating habits changed and 3. whether I could add additional healthy eating tasks too it.
And yes, right now they have to be giving them up completely. I just need to start SOMETHING, anything to make sure I end up heading in the right direction. Exercise is in the works too once my cold/cough combo settles a bit.
So what do you guys think?
Gosh, reading this back makes me a bit sick. Am I really so addicted and driven by the food, especially bad foods, that I eat? Sadly, yes, I am. I've got to break the cycle...here goes. Please vote in a comment by Thursday night. Friday is the start date. Friday October 16 - Wednesday Nov 25. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...