Since I spoke with my nutritionist last, I was rebelling against her advice. I wasn’t limiting my carbs the way I should have, and I was still drinking soda. Then a few days ago I stopped in my tracks with the thought: who am I really rebelling against here? The nutritionist didn’t step into my life on her own and start telling me what to do for no reason. I went to her. I asked her what I can do to change. And she gave me suggestions to get started. So then why do I feel the need to resist this change and continue with these same unhealthy habits?
Being raised poor and needing to clean my plate at meal times, and then raising my kids under low income pressure, it was hard to regulate meals and food to be healthy. Its hard to not know when the next meal will be. Convenience and cost were my top priorities, so fried and breaded foods were the easiest to prepare, and meals with lots of rice or pasta were the most filling, so those were served a lot as well. Though we have been above that intense pressure for several years now, and we no longer have to worry about where our next meal is coming from, we have been continuing to eat the same foods. This is where the problem has been. And during that moment a few days ago, I realized it must change.
For the last week I have had soda once every 2-3 days, no more than 12 ounces at a time, usually less. I do actually plan on cutting it out entirely (which I didn’t think was possible before), but I’m weaning myself. I have been forcing myself to drink more water. I haven’t gotten up to the 64 ounce goal per day yet, but I am close. I’m hovering around 35-40 ounces per day. That may seem like too little, but before I started all of this, I was consuming coffee and soda only, most days. So this is a BIG deal to me. I have controlled my portions more, as well: I have been making a true attempt to eat more vegetables. In fact if I still feel hungry after a meal, I have been eating another serving of veggies instead of going for a piece of bread or more noodles. And as of yesterday, I am doing my best to reach my step goal on my FitBit every single day. These may seem like small, insignificant changes, but I believe they are steps in the right direction.
Also, within the past few weeks I have been trying to identify the thinking that I have about food, and how to correct it. I don’t need to eat to get full, I need to eat for fuel, and to nourish myself. I don’t need to eat if I’m bored, I need to find something to do. I don’t need to eat if I’m stressed out or worried, I need to blog, talk or work it out. And some of the time when I feel hungry, if I drink a glass of water I’ll feel better.
So with all of that being said, my goals for February are as follows:
- Drink at least 45 oz of water per day
- Reach my FitBit step goal of 7500 steps every day
- Do something active twice per week for at least 1 hour (YMCA)
- Eat smaller portions of pastas and breads (1 cup per meal)
- Eat more veggies and/or fruits per meal
- Continue taking my multi-vitamin daily
Most of these goals can be tracked on the FitBit smartphone app, so that’s what I’ve been doing, and will continue to do.