Thursday, July 28, 2011

Birthday Restraint

I just celebrated my 35th birthday.  As always, my husband and I went out to dinner at a popular chain restaurant that serves obscene portions of yummy, bad-for-you food.  In preparation for this night, I was very careful with what I ate all day.  I ate lighter than normal.  I made sure I didn't load up on carbs.  I ate lots of fruits and veggies and mini-meals throughout the day.  I wanted to make sure I had plenty of room for all that food I knew I was going to eat.

I was able to eat a lot of food that night without completely gorging myself.  In the past I have made myself physically ill by eating too much.  I am happy to say that I didn't get to that point.  I didn't eat light by any means and definitely made myself a little uncomfortable with fullness but it passed quickly.  I also brought home enough leftovers for a couple of reasonably sized lunches. 

The big question is why can't I exercise this level of restraint every day? Why can't I spend all day being careful so I don't have to beat myself up if I have two tacos for dinner or a bowl of ice cream for dessert.  The anticipation of a splurge meal gave me more incentive to eat right than anything has in a long time.  I didn't feel hungry or like I was punishing myself. 

When I was on NutriSystem, I was careful to follow the plan throughout the day and at night I ate dinner with my husband.  He was not on NutriSystem so it was a regular dinner.  I tried to eat smaller servings at dinner but it was not an on program meal. I lost 15 pounds doing this. 

I am down 20 lbs from my highest weight but I probably have another 20 to go before I'm healthy.  I am at the weight where I always seem to plateau and then spike back up.  I have been this weight multiple times over the past few years but never for very long.  I am going to do my best to push myself through this wall that I keep hitting and find a new low in my weight loss journey.

I'm hoping my next birthday finds me in an even healthier place. 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you did a great job on restraint. I've found out that several meals from every eating out meal seems to have become the norm. Husband NEVER eats my leftovers unless I ok it 1st. I guess that was always my biggest pet peeve in earlier times in my life. I ordered it I wanna eat it, if I don't have to eat it all in 1 sitting it's fine but I still want to eat it at some point, unless it was icky, then someone else can eat it. LOL As far as program meals go it's good but options are always nice too. That's what I didn't like about a lot of other diets. You have to count your calories or points or whatever. I just like I can choose whatever I want to eat as long as I follow the avoid on a regular basis list. Not a NEVER list just regular basis. I just really liked not having to have my stomach remind me that it constantly wanted food.