June already!? School is out here; the weather has gone from unseasonably cool to unseasonably hot. It feels like summer.
May was a tough eating month for me. Lots of events, including my birthday. Lots of overeating. Even eating off plan. Somehow the month flew by in the blink of an eye while the hours of snacking temptation seemed to drag on endlessly. And it reminds me how fast summer seems to pass every year. If I buckle back down and get back on track, before I know it I will look back at a fast ten weeks of success. So that’s my plan:)
I learned a lot in the last month. Some lessons were fun and easy; some were harder. But I am telling myself they are all good; were all necessary. So now I am moving forward and applying what I learned. Here is a sampling:
- Bread is not my friend. Whole wheat, low-cal, doesn’t matter. Kryptonite. I do best when I just cut it from my diet. If I try to moderate consumption, I crave it and overeat. If I “just say no” then I don’t.
- Crackers are clearly related to bread.
- Getting back on my bike after months off was just like… well… riding a bike:) But… sometimes working out long and hard leads to eating more.
- I can find a new way to prepare a food that I used to hate and love, love the result. My veggie repertoire is growing as a result.
- I don’t hate my scale. I realize that I can’t control it; I can only control myself. Well, some days I can’t control myself either!
- When I eat crap at night I sleep like crap too. And wake up feeling like crap.
- It does not work to eat well five days a week and then eat horribly for two. Two bad days can more than outweigh (no pun intended but it fits) the five good days.
- Exerting self control can backfire. Sometimes I put all my effort into NOT eating something so I go overboard eating something else. Or I put all my effort into avoiding eating at a certain event so instead overeat later.
- Progress doesn’t always happen in a straight line and sometimes I take a tiny step backwards on my way. But still, it is progress.
I can’t decide if I am glad to be done with May or if I wish I had more time to do things better before moving on to summer. Doesn’t matter – summer, for me, is here, ready or not.