My attempts to log my calories have died a very rapid death. I just can’t get into it. I was successful at one point, monitoring every morsel that came across my lips, trying to weight or size up each item to their appropriate calories. Coincidently, this was at the height of my disordered eating. Not so surprisingly, I don’t have the patience for that anymore.
What I have been doing instead is focusing on mindful eating. I know….sounds hokey as heck, but it seems to be working a bit. I’m down to 166 on the scale (and was 165.5 yesterday morning), for a total of three pounds. I have eaten only when I am hungry. I have left food on my plate. I have also eaten treats, like sugar cookies on Friday that I made with my adopt-a-niece or birthday cake with my grams yesterday.
This also means not eating breakfast or eating less for breakfast. I will be honest, I don’t feel any worse for wear and arguably, feel better. I end up feeling hungry around 10 a.m. and then I grab some yogurt and some fruit and maybe a few almonds…and then I don’t eat lunch until maybe 1:30 and then it is usually a salad with protein. Then, finally, usually a dinner with veg and protein and that is all I will eat until the next morning.
I know that people will be losing their $%@#* because I’m not always eating breakfast, but I think it is more important for me to eat when I’m hungry rather than simply eating because it is time to eat or, even worse, I feel like eating (vs actually being hungry). It may be a controversial approach, but I’m ok with pursuing it right now as it seems to be working for me at the moment.
I’m also taking a different approach to my running. After having a few good weeks, my running has taken a nose dive and is not feeling so good. So I’m opting to cut down on my running and focus more on cross-training as well as weight training. I am going to only run 3 times a week, and run what feels good on the day, be it intervals, slow, fast, long or short. As for my cross training, well, that will likely be cycling, skipping, maybe rowing if my injury will allow (it’s been a bit ouchy the last few days), swimming and curling. Yes, I said curling. Lessons start Friday. Eek!