We are one week in to the Grim Diet, and there are good things and bad things to report.
The biggest good thing is that despite various ups and downs, I still feel like I am On A Diet, and holding on to that feeling is very important to my success. If I feel like I have to Start Over, I might not do so for a long, long time.
Another good thing is that I am getting used to drinking unsweetened coffee. I'm using Shawna's idea of adding a little skim milk to it, and I like that.
Another good thing is that we went to McDonald's and I drank coffee while the kids had their delicious, delicious nuggets. A bad thing is that this caused suffering, and I'm trying to reduce that.
In fact, this is where I ran into a situation that would require a lifestyle change rather than a diet: when we are out on errands and we hit lunchtime, we stop at McDonald's or Wendy's or Taco Bell or Burger King. And I LIKE to do that, and so do the children, and it's an inexpensive and yummy way to eat. If we are going to stop doing that, I'm not sure what to substitute. I don't want to pack a lunch, because the thought of packing and toting a lunch for four people makes me feel like leaping into traffic. I don't want to go to a place that serves healthier food, because of the cost. I think right now my solution is to reduce the number of times that we're out on errands when it's lunch time, and I think that's a pretty good solution for our situation.
Eating a protein breakfast within an hour of waking up only works on mornings when I'm hungry. Otherwise I feel dumb eating when I'm not even hungry. BUT, this has led to keeping hard-boiled eggs on hand, and I've found those GREAT for other times in the day when I'm hungry, especially if I'm craving salt.
I've had a total lack of success this week with exercise goals. My intention was to increase from my usual three times a week to an "every day" schedule (where "every day" would probably end up meaning five times a week). After one week, how many times have I exercised? Three. Exactly as usual. I did somewhat increase the intensity and length of those three workouts, so that's good. But this turned out to be another area where a lifestyle change would be required in order for me to do what I planned: I exercise in the evenings and right now that's the only time of day that works for me, and there are some weekly evening plans that are incompatible with exercise. I don't want to change those plans: one is a date night, one is a night that Paul lets the older boys stay up and watch a movie with him, etc. But I could still exercise on the night the older boys stay up, if I choose an exercise that doesn't require me to use the television, and that would buy me one extra night.
And this brings me to YET ANOTHER item that would mean a lifestyle change: I don't exercise on the nights I drink alcohol. I might INTEND to exercise, but I notice I NEVER DO. Never. Paul and I have drinks Saturday evening before we have our weekly treat dinner: a gorgeous pizza he makes, with olives and pepperoni and Monterey Jack cheese and turkey bacon and green peppers and mmmmmmmm. At this point I'm not willing to sacrifice ANYTHING ABOUT THIS on the alter of thinness. Perhaps later, but not now. So there's one night that will not include exercise no matter what. HOWEVER: it's pretty common for us to have some alcohol one or two OTHER evenings a week, and I AM willing to cut THOSE out. Not only does drinking mean I don't exercise, it also makes me hungrier and reduces my willpower. Plus, of course alcohol has calories. So this week I will try eliminating it except on Saturday nights.
I knew Easter candy was going to be a challenge, and I prepared for it. When I saw Easter candy at 50% off, I successfully reminded myself that the PRICE has NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. It is fun to buy things on clearance, but it isn't as if my body will say, "Oh, this was 50% off? Well then, we won't store it as fat!" So I bought none. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to talk myself down from 75% off, bringing me to the worst crisis the diet experienced this week. A sensible person would chuck it all in the trash; I have trouble being sensible in the face of candy + clearance. I HAVE been managing to give some of it out to the children as desserts. And I've been managing not to scarf it all down. And I've maintained the feeling of being on a diet, despite the candy, and haven't chucked the whole DIET in the trash, either, so that's a certain level of sensible right there.
So! That's how it's going. Well enough that I'm still on it and still have high hopes; poorly enough that I'm not looking forward to weighing myself this evening.
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