This past week I have been in a super funk. I gained 2 lbs. last week and have been stuck the past few weeks before that. I feel as if I hit a "plateau" more often then not. So I did what many articles have said and looked back at how I have been living.
The realization: I have become more lax in my food portions and have not been keeping track of calories as diligently as I had before. I was eating healthier things, it is just that my portions were slowly getting bigger. I thought it would be a "no brain er" for me to keep the portion sizes small and make the healthier choices. However, when I stop thinking about what I am doing, I obviously slowly start going back to the larger portions.
The good thing is, I realized this now. I need to get back to my basics and remember what I am doing this for. I am still a ways away from my ultimate goal and I can't forget for a moment why I am doing this.
Recent Small Victory: I was having a horrible day last week and just wanted the day to be over. I stopped at the store to pick up a few groceries. Now, I was (and still have the urge to be) an emotional eater. Usually when I was having a bad day I would drown my feelings in a bag of chips and frozen pizza. It always made me "feel better". However, I made one of the best decisions that night. Instead of getting chips or a pizza I got... a bag of brussel sprouts! You are probably thinking "What the hell?".
I wandered around the store and saw those and instantly knew they would make me feel better. Better than if I were to mow down on something junkie. I steamed my sprouts and settled in for the night.
I think I have gotten to a point where if I am in a mood, I am able to choose to have healthier food. If I would have had ice cream (or something else as tasty and bad) I would have felt 20 times worse. When I make decisions like this it makes me realize how far I have come. Emotional eating is something I will have to deal with, but at least I know I can make the right decisions for myself.
Cheers to a small victory!