Monday, 25 April 2011

A new approach

It's been a good couple of days. I'm not normally one for relaxing - I'd prefer to be getting a result than a rest - but think over the last week I managed a good balance of housework/gardening, exercise, catching up with family/friends, and lying in the hammock.

Unfortunately, I'm also 3.8lbs away from the weight I promised myself I'd never go over. Am trying really hard to approach this calmly rather than having a big freak-out over it, and think I've come up with a plan that A and I will both be happy with. The part of this whole thing that he doesn't like is its potential to consume my every thought and turn me into an angry, narcissistic, discontent fishwife. My problem with that is that if I don't think about it all the time, this happens. And I just get bigger and bigger until I feel gross.

I think there's room for a compromise in there. So I suggested to him this morning (warning: this is hardly rocket science, don't get over-excited...) that I follow a set plan, so I don't have to think about it all the time, and there are fewer decisions to occupy my mind. We're both happy for me to eat:
  • either fruit or veg, plus one protein (a boiled egg, fat-free yogurt, cottage cheese etc) for breakfast (approx 150)
  • an undressed salad with one protein (grilled chicken, tuna fish etc) for lunch (200 - 350), and
  • a balanced dinner (approx 600)
I warned you it was nothing revolutionary! But that's the part I'm proudest of. There's nothing extreme, disordered or unhealthy about this. Combined with running three times a week, I should lose 2-3 lbs a week -- aka a slow, healthy loss. And, it keeps my intake around the 1200 mark so a) it shouldn't screw up my metabolism and b) it allows for deviations in situations like eating out or having dessert sometimes, without taking me over my RDA.

This isn't somethimg most people would feel worthy of posting on the internet, but I'm pleased with it. At any given point in the last couple of years, this amount of food would have either fed me for a week or for a couple of hours. I think this is progress. This is how normal, healthy, people eat.


Cinnamon Brown said...

That sounds wonderful, Sophie! I'm so proud of you for making healthy choices.

I must say, I eat much the same sorts of things, just with a small snack between each meal, making it 5 little meals a day for me. Much better than starving or worse, binging. You go, girl! <3. XXX.

Cinnamon Brown said...

Thanks Soph, you're an angel. Gonna get my fat arse on the eliptical tomorrow. I HAVE TO!!! Hope you enjoy the rest of the week. *Big Hug!* <3. XXX.