Something that I wish, is that when life gets busy or out of control, I would stay in control with my food and logging. The past several days have been so hectic with several unexpected things happening. What I find happening is that the day has rushed by, I have eaten convenient handy foods, that are low in nutritional value and but high in carbs. and calories etc. I crawl into bed and haven’t logged anything, and don’t have a clue to what I’ve eaten all day. I try to keep a mental count, and then just give up. Some foods are hard to figure out too. It takes work to count calories. One of my favorite breakfasts is making french toast out of Great Harvest’s cinnamon chip bread..yummy! It’s a real pain to try to figure out the calories. I don’t know what the bread is etc. So to me the answer is just do your best, and remember moderation. Is it worth the effort? maybe some days.. I tend to get overwhelmed easily. Unfortunately, when I get overwhelmed I shut down and can’t seem to anything. Trying to count calories can overwhelm me, but I know like with all other things, we get better with practice. Practice makes perfect. Planning ahead as much as possible sets us up for success.
Our computers are having issues right now. I like to use Lose It to for my log. If I don’t have it right in front of me, I forget to use it. I need to make adjustments. I know making the effort to record food and calories is worth it. To set myself up for success, I need to get it in front of me.
I mentioned the yummy cinnamon bread…we need to remember to set ourselves up for success. I’m one of those people who, if the food is there, I’ll eat it. I bought that bread specifically for french toast, but as I saw it there, the loaf was big enough to cut into. I could eat a little, without making a dent into the french toast…well I made lots of little cuts, we barely had enough left for french toast because I kept taking little slices. I have no idea what the calories were in those little slices but I’m sure they added up to a lot! I did not set up for success. It’s fun to have special treats once in a while but I should have passed Great Harvest by! It’s healthy and tasty but I don’t have control when it comes to their bread. I know this! so I need to remember to stay away unless it’s a special occasion. We really need to be mindful at the grocery store as to what we’re buying. I spent $10.00 at Great Harvest! I sabotaged myself and my budget. The family enjoyed the french toast but I need to remember not to do that too often. Eating too much of a healthy food isn’t healthy.
We set ourselves, and our families up for success by buying food that is good for us, and if it’s readily available in the house, it’s okay to eat it if you get the munchies. I’m going to try and find snacks that I/we like, and put them into individual lunch bags, and only eat that one. I will know what the calorie count is for that bag. Put the rest out of sight..out of mind. We had a cake around a couple weeks ago. Paul knew I’d be tempted so he put in our fridge in the garage, out of sight. It made it easier for me to not just take a little slice. (every few minutes). I’m going to slice up some veggies and keep them handy where I can see them.
We need to find out what our own personal “set ups” are and do them. I’ve decided I really don’t like the word failure so we don’t set ourselves up for failure, we set ourselves up for personal growth!