GoJo09 Posted May 23, 2013 Share Posted May 23, 2013 T -5: The Plan I'm starting on Monday, but getting all my goals and thoughts in order now, before going out of town for a long weekend. So, this is my second W30 - my first was a few months ago, and had great results for my skin, mood, etc. It pinpointed some intolerances (gluten and milk, specifically) and I ended up with a better-than-a-kick-in-the-pants 1.5kg weight loss. I also ended a long term association with My Fitness Pal; I put my kitchen scales away and gladly refrained from weighing so damn often. Unfortunately, I clearly called time too early, as some insidious little habits kicked back in immediately. Did I need to eat that entire litre of grand mariner scorched almond icecream to realise that I didn't do dairy or sugar well? No, I did not. And seeing as I haven't been eating sugar for at least 6 months before this, it was even dumber. And the nuts and the coconut butter and the coconut flakes and all those tasty fats that can be eaten straight from the jar so easily... Yeah, they're not helping anyone. So while my meals remained template-worthy, the little bits and pieces surrounding the meals and the bingeing, especially on weekends, have encouraged me to return to the rigidity of the W30 for another crack at improving my relationship with food. I'm trying very hard not to focus on weight and negative self-image, but man is it hard! I've got some meditation and hypnosis going on, and have a handy little trick of making myself sing all the lyrics to Kenny Rogers The Gambler - near-on impossible to maintain negative thoughts while singing! However, I do want to lose some weight/body fat (I almost typed a specific amount, but what would that achieve?!) so that I can do my jeans up again and feel good in my clothes. So, the things I'm going to focus on during this Whole30 (which I'm already envisioning being significantly longer, probably 60 days) are: Be vigilant with fat and protein servings - I'm not yet able to tell when I'm full, so I continue eating until everything on my plate is gone. So I need to make sure that what I'm serving is just 1 portion of each (with the knowledge that I can go back for more if I'm still hungry 10 mins later) Slow down and focus on what I'm eating. This is particularly hard, as the main time I read is while eating breakfast and lunch, which tends to lead to shovelling the food in. So, I'm going to make meal times stimulus free, and stop listening to podcasts/facebooking/playing phone games on the train, and make that my reading time. Stop eating directly from the jar/packet/fridge. If it's not a mini-meal that needs to be plated, then I shouldn't be eating it If I can't be bothered putting the food on a plate to eat it, then I shouldn't be eating it. Further to this, nuts are only to be used in recipes as condiments. I think I'll chuck them in the freezer actually - out of direct sight! Cook one new recipe or use one new ingredient each week. I've just got a copy of Well Fed, and there are dozens of recipes floating round that I always think "I should try that" but then I go back to my old faithfuls - which is fine, but it's always good to expand the repertoire a little - and I really want to try making pate, and talk to the butcher about what's in their sausages (for some reason I'm too shy to interrogate the butcher - like they'd care!). I had to carry my bag in to work today for my long weekend as I have a work event tonight and I'm staying at a friend's tonight before going to the airport at 6am. So today I lugged in: lunch and dinner for today, breakfast and lunch for tomorrow, 5 tins of tuna, a small bag of nuts and emergency Larabars. Airport security will think I'm a loony, and I'm ok with that. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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