I am happy to report that I had a good week. My eating was good; my exercise was good; my mood was good. Not perfect; not “great;” but good enough. And good enough is… well, for now, good enough:)
My goals were:
- No mindless eating while reading books.
- Curtail evening snacking.
- Eating on plan all week.
- Write down everything I eat.
I mostly met all my goals but will admit to a bit more snacking than was warranted by true hunger. And yesterday, after I had written this post, I just did not pull out my note book to write down what I ate. Which was not a good thing since it ended up being my most “over-snacking” day of what was otherwise a pretty good week.
Now I am thinking about the obstacle-laden week ahead. Thanks to Cammy, I am planning for and anticipating success. She wrote an amazing post (which I highly recommend you read here) about her approach to the coming holiday season: she will be successful because she expects it of herself. I love that attitude and am setting out to follow in Cammy’s footsteps.
So first I have dinner out with friends this weekend. I checked the restaurant’s menu already, to ensure there was at least one least one tasty, healthy option for me. (If you are interested you can check it out here.) I’m thinking either the shrimp with beans, the sea bass with lentils, the salmon with squash, or the chicken with veggies. Sounds yummy, doesn’t it?
Then I have my son’s birthday. He gets to choose the menu and dessert. So far, he has not made a decision so I don’t know if I’ll be cooking or we’ll be eating out. I am confident that either way I can eat “on plan.” As for the cake… my plan is to allow myself the option to indulge in a small piece if I really want it. Just one. No guilt. If I want it. I don’t know how tempted I will be yet… that will depend on what he chooses. In the past he was often a mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream-cake man.
Then there is The Big Day. Thanksgiving has traditionally been all about the food for me. In the past it was a lot about family – but it has been several years since we have traveled to celebrate with relatives; this year we are in town with a small group and a huge offering of homemade goodness. (Or badness, depending how you look at it.) My mom is hosting and everyone brings dishes to round out the buffet. She expressly asked for desserts from everyone. So I have been busy trying to figure out what I want to bring. I am culinarily challenged, so this requires significant effort on my part and some potential trial-recipe-runs first. My goal is to bring at least one side dish and one dessert that are relatively healthy without seeming like “diet food.” So far I am planning a quinoa dish (that hubby and I tested this week) and two versions of pumpkin bread (the full-fat, sugary, decadent version and the whole wheat, sugar-free, low-fat version). I am also thinking about what I will wear that day, after my post on Monday about loose-waisted pants. Me thinks that perhaps something fitted is in order to remind myself that I don’t want to end up the day feeling as stuffed as the turkey!
I am anticipating success. Really. I am not worried. I am not stressed. (Well, maybe a bit stressed about my culinary task but that’s par for the course with me and my lack of cooking skill.) My expectation is to eat on plan all week, with some moderate indulging for the social events. I am on track and I intend to stay there.
My goals for the coming week:
- Eating on plan all week except for the social events.
- Handle social eating with moderate indulging of only the tastiest foods.
- Write down everything I eat (except for Thanksgiving meal).
How are you spending your Thanksgiving?