I know that theories on this are mixed. Even my own thinking is mixed. But one thing I can say for myself for sure: sometimes abstinence is much easier than moderation.
Last week’s challenge goal for myself was to go grainless several days. I had been struggling to get my head back in the game. Because my head was going all sorts of places I didn’t want it to go and one place was filled with cravings for grains. Crackers and cereals and breads and the list goes on. But once I committed here and, more importantly, to myself, to cut back or cut out, I didn’t really think about them again. Taking them off the table, so to speak, took them out of my head. Now I would be dishonest if I said I never thought about grains at all or never ate any in the past week. But almost:) And it was easy. Really.
I have shared in the past how I seem to really struggle with moderation. And bread products. And a whole slew of trigger foods. Actually, I have shared how I struggle with lots of things! But with your help and trial and error on my part, I am slowly learning from these struggles and from my
mistakes missteps and sometimes I am just smart enough to put that learning into action.
I know that many of you can eat a piece of bread. Or one chip. Or a few M&Ms. Or one Oreo. And go on with your healthy lifestyle. Right now, I can’t. At least not at home. And often, not NOT at home. But someday maybe.
But someday doesn’t matter right now. What matters is that I did what I set out to do last week,
met exceeded my challenge goal (eating only two whole wheat flatbreads), and confirmed something for myself in the process. What matters is I feel better this week than I felt last week. What matters is that I am stronger than bread. What matters is that life, today, is about more than bagels. And crackers. And cereal.
What matters to you today? Have you learned anything about yourself lately? Abstinence or moderation?
My challenge goal for next week is not food related. It’s all about exercise. My strength training partner, my mom, is traveling for two weeks so I am going to set a goal to work on strength training without her. At least twice this week although maybe more. And I want to work on my core at least five days. And, yes, I intend to keep limiting the grains. Gotta go with what works for me.