The Holiday Slide
Saturday, December 15, 2007
So the holidays are in full swing now, and because of my laxity with my program, I have gained about 5 lbs. so far. I don't think that's bad, considering all the wonderful things that our families and friends tend to make available to us during this season. I figure, I'm not really going to be super diligent regarding my program until after the holidays. Whatever I gain, I gain. I know that I can always get back on track once this hectic time of year is over. This is my first year with SP, so I really need to take all of 2008 to get this whole system down pat, to where it's second nature for me to just wake up and start my day the way it needs to be started--right!
I have been making small, gradual changes in my grocery-buying habits. All through my teenage years and even most of my adulthood, I've been one of those "anti-whole-grain" people. Recently I just decided "Forget it! It takes too much time to switch out my menu planner meals to include the white bread, so I might as well just break down and buy the whole grain stuff!" I had been against it in recent years not only because of my distaste for the whole wheat bread, but also because I discovered that whole grains tend to exacerbate my acid reflux. However, now that I'm generally eating better overall and trying to make better choices when dining out, I've found that foods that used to exacerbate the acid reflux no longer do.
Another small change I've made is the switch from dairy to soy or rice milk. Dairy is one of those food groups that continually make my acid reflux flare up no matter what I've tried, so to avoid those issues I just switched. I've also switched from butter to margarine, although as a baker I'm partial to making cookies and such with real butter rather than margarine.
I think I do better as a rule if I make small gradual changes rather than just go head-on into the whole thing. I think that after the first couple of months of following the program diligently every day, I just got overwhelmed and went the opposite direction. Now I have to regroup and take things one step at a time, and I believe that eventually I will finally get it.