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Saturday, February 09, 2019

So I had a meltdown the other night ... having gained a few lbs, yet again, I was at my highest weight in years. Something needed to be done.

So I've started over ... again. I'm now trying to track food the day before, so that I have a plan. The last two days have been great in terms of monitoring calories, exercise, and sticking to the preset plan, more or less. (Reasonable deviations are OK, but it's great to have a plan as a starting point.) And it eases my mind that I've lost 1.8 lbs in the last 2 days (OK, so it was probably water weight - it's still a much more comforting number for me to see on the scale.)

However, I'm worried. I've gone to bed quite hungry (to the point of lightheadedness) tonight and last night. I'm obsessing. I worry that this isn't sustainable. How long do I have to do it before it becomes a habit? Also, going to bed hungry is doable, but probably at some point I'll snap. How to manage?

I'm also concerned about challenges. For example, tomorrow I'm having breakfast at home, tea with a friend for lunch (like high tea, with finger sandwiches and a scone), and probably dinner out. How do I manage this?

I guess I can try to make a plan and stick to it as best I can. That will be the goal: Finger sandwiches, half the scone, no clotted cream or jam, no dessert. But will I be hungry? What if I am? What do I do then? And dinner out - some type of salad with dressing on the side and chicken or fish in it, right? Can I fit in a workout? Tomorrow will be about being flexible and resourceful. Wish me luck.

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    822 days ago
    Maybe try to find a long-term plan instead of this short-term plan that you're really struggling with. Look at it as trying a different short-term plan. You want to discover what you can stick with and works for you. Consider what has worked for you and what didn't "fit" you. I'm convinced there isn't a one size fits all strategy. ... I've been there looking at the scale too. So frustrating!
    822 days ago
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    823 days ago
    It is hard! Preplan as much as you can -- and if you know what's being served, plan ahead what your healthy choices will be.

    823 days ago
    Good luck! I know I can't go to bed hungry because I'll never sleep, which is why I eat dinner late (usually around 8 pm). That seems to work for me, but it may not work for you. How about planning in a small snack before bed to head off the hunger pains?
    823 days ago
    I figure on this healthy lifestyle journey we ALL hit bumps in the road (heck, I've wandered off the road ENTIRELY before!). The IMPORTANT thing is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and continue to head in the right direction - EXACTLY what you're doing. Know that we're right alongside you, cheering you on!
    823 days ago
    Yes, soup is good- and increasing veggies. Maybe a cup of lowfat broth before bed would help too. emoticon
    824 days ago
    I find it's sometimes helpful to drink a quick scoop of a protein powder before heading to a food-centric event. That way I'm not starving when I get there.
    824 days ago
    I totally understand the dilemma.

    Each of us is different - but I've found my body needs protein and carbs. Even if I have something healthful like a salad with grilled chicken or fish on it, I'll get lightheaded unless I have maybe a dinner roll with it. Weird but it makes a huge difference.

    So, experiment for a bit. Figure out what works best for you. Because going to bed lightheaded isn't good. Your body is telling you it needs something more. Even if it's an evening cup of herbal tea with half a cup of nonfat milk in it. Your body is asking for some more nutrition.
    824 days ago
    Here's one idea ... In addition to the lunch mentioned above, I could add vegetarian soup if not too heavy ... Or choose one dessert.
    824 days ago
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