I’ve decided to cut down on carbohydrates this week…cut down, not cut out. Our bodies need carbs, particularly if we work out regularly. Carbs give us energy, but eating them also means we should stay active.
I’ve also decided to try something else this week. Here’s the skinny. 😉
When I want something unhealthy I weigh my want with the amount of points I’ll have to give up to eat it. A piece of candy sometimes wins out while I’ll just pass on a cheeseburger. It’s so many points, and I’d feel fuller eating other things, you know?
So here’s my plan:
If I want a piece of candy or half of a cheeseburger or whatever, I’ll eat something healthy first then decide if I still want whatever I was craving. If I do, I’ll eat it during my next meal. This trick will only work for the strong-willed or those of you, like me, who don’t mind leaving chocolate behind for someone else to eat. 🙂
I put my plan into action without realizing it at lunch. I had planned to have a hand-dipped, chocolate pretzel. But I told myself no because I would eat something healthy first. So I ate half of a chicken breast and a serving of cherries, and the chocolate covered pretzel was no longer appealing so I passed.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t eat chocolate covered pretzels. I fully intend to enjoy one later. I’m just trying to teach myself that while I love instant gratification, it’s okay to say no to myself once in a while. Life will go on, and it will be just as sweet even if I don’t eat something unhealthy for me every time I want it.
So if I really want one, I’ll eat a pretzel later today after I’ve eaten at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies and had enough water to be pleased about my intake.
I’ve said it, but I’ll probably say it again — and a lot more. Nothing tastes as good as losing weight feels. And if I can wrap my head around how I’ll feel in the long run, the instant gratification won’t have to power it has had over me in the past.
Maybe patience really is a virtue sometimes…