Reflections on dessert moderation and what I ate yesterday. . .
I l-o-v-e desserts. . .
And that is what gets me in trouble the most. I don’t crave chips or carbs or salt. It is always chocolate, candy, cookies, cake, ice cream.
Yesterday afternoon, I let myself get into the leftover Easter candy. Something that probably shouldn’t even be in the house anymore! Truthfully, I probably spent about an hour sitting on the couch, eating Easter candy. .. And I felt awful. My tummy hurt from eating so much crap, I didn’t feel good about myself for eating all that stuff, and even worse, I didn’t feel like working out because my tummy was full of chocolate!
I made myself get up and head downstairs for Level 3 of Shred. . .which was really good. The only thing I kept thinking about while doing the video is why do I eat a bunch of crap and ruin all the hard work I put in with my workouts. For me it really is 10% workouts, 90% eating. . . So, during my workout, I told myself that I wasn’t going to eat that junk anymore. I was going to send the leftover candy to work with Scott and get it out of the house. I was going to blog about it and brainstorm ways I can avoid those tough afternoon times when I am craving sweets. Well, last night, after dinner, I wanted something sweet. . . so what did I do???? OMG I totally ate more leftover Easter candy! Seriously. . . Katie. . . what???? Scott was right next to me on the couch, eating cookies. We both went to bed with full bellies and both slept horribly because of it.
Thankfully, I have him on board for dessert moderation, specifically eating healthier desserts like fruit or smoothies. We both have a real tendency to overeat on sweets. I hope that working together we can help each other to never go to bed feeling that way again.
Here are the goals we made for dessert moderation:
- Only 1 type of dessert per night (no more ice cream then cookies, one or the other!)
- Have an 8:30 cut off time for eating (I really would like this to be 8pm but sometimes we don’t sit down to dinner until 7:30pm depending on how late we work that day and how long of a run we go on after work and how long it takes to give Abby a bath after laying down in 12 puddles during our run. . . so I think 8:30 is a good time)
- Being adventurous and open to trying different ‘forms’ of dessert, i.e. fruit, cereal, smoothies, chia seed pudding, etc.
- Being ok with NOT having dessert EVERY night
- And when we do have dessert, watch the portion size
I think we can work harder at keeping these goals. And we will!
As far as my afternoon, mid-morning, evening snacking times.. .
It is usually when I am bored, feeling drained from the day, not wanting to do anything but watch TV.
So, the next time I am feeling like that I am going to:
1. Review this post and remind myself how AWFUL I feel after I do overeat sweets
2. It’s ok to have a healthy snack. i.e fruit
3. Brush my teeth, chew gum, make some tea
4. Just say NO!
5. If there is something in the house that I want to eat, it is much better to just throw it in the trash, than to trash my body with it.
6. Do something else. . . get off the couch: take Abby for a walk, do my Shred video, go to Target, anything – just get away from the kitchen!
7. Don’t fool myself. . . once I start, it is that much harder to stop: So, just don’t start!
8. Reminder that it doesn’t taste as good as being thin feels – OMG sooo true!
9. It is just not worth it period.
10. Sweets have a place in my life. . . but it is not in huge portions eaten out of boredom. They are meant to be enjoyed and special.
I am very hopeful that taking the time to reflect on yesterdays eating and blogging about it, will help me get through the next time I am having a sweets craving. I’ll keep you posted! Do you have any advice on getting through your cravings?