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I tried to work on establishing 2 new habits at once, thinking it would be easy, but it turned out not to be and failed. Read the diary below
Day one I weighed in at my heaviest ever so far this morning - 14 stone 10 pounds - that's a total of 206 pounds. Yikes
I've decided to start with the easiest habit to break - the breakfast habit.
Easier because I am not as hungry in the mornings as I am in the evenings.
In fact, I think I may be able to work on 2 habits at once, so am going to attempt to change my mid morning habits too.
So, breakfast is quite often an egg and toast and fruit and cereal. I don't need all that. From now on it's going to be 1 protein item, one carb item, one fruit or veg item. and make sure there's fat and fibre to keep it balanced
For example, egg on buttered toast and half a banana or a mushroom or some sliced tomato. Or muesli with milk and a spoon of full fat yoghurt and a few grapes.
Then nothing until mid morning - about 10am, then a small snack and nothing until lunchtime
After that - no worries. Time to forget dieting. Lets get these habits ingrained first, then deal with what comes after in a month or so.
It actually went a bit wrong today because I got up late, had breakfast late, skipped the mid morning snack and went straight on to lunch. But lunch didn't happen because I got an unexpected request to drive someone to the cemetery at about noon, then we went to Macdonald's. Which wasn't so bad really as I only had a kids happy meal - burger, small fries, and orange juice and a plastic woman on a plastic bike that shoots forwards when you pull it back. So I haven't exactly got off to a flying start.
So I've actually eaten less than usual, but not in the manner I intended
Went to pot again as I was unexpectedly invited out for Sunday roast which didn't happen until mid afternoon, so missed lunchtime again - hey ho, maybe will get this off the ground tomorrow
Weighed in at 14st 9 pounds this morning
Still the same weight but feel lighter.
Today has been quite easy. There have been sweeties (candy) lying around the office but managed to be not tempted until lunch time.
Am very tempted to start on habit 3 (remember I am doing habits 1 and 2 together) but I don't want to ruin the plan by giving myself too much to deal with at once. After all, how many times have I started a diet with massive enthusiasm and self control and ease only to find it all breaks down a few weeks in!
So, I tell myself " don't be fooled" It may feel easy now, but it most probably will be hard to keep it up over the long term. It's early days and the early days of any diet always feel good
Just as I predicted it has become harder after only a few days, so I am glad I wasn't tempted to do too much at once
About half an hour before break time, I nearly forgot and almost ate something.
It's far easier to resist temptation when it's just one small habit you have to think about.
Charity cake sale at work today - say no more!
So, despite the big fail at morning break, I still made sure that every meal is balanced - i.e. making sure there are proteins, carbs, fats, fibre, micronutrients and water all present at the meal.
Maybe because of the balanced meal, I don't know, but something happened that hasn't happened in a long time - my "I'm full now" mechanism kicked in.
Now you may think 3 cakes is a lot - and yes, it is - however after three cakes, I can normally just keep eating more, but today, I ate 3 cakes and couldn't take another bite which is a brilliant start to this mending process.
Slight blip today. I took a bite of a cake when I shouldn't have. But apparently when you are establishing a new habit it's ok to fall by the wayside occasionally - it makes no difference to the outcome
Woke up with a bit of anxiety and mild depression. Kind of going well but had three mint humbugs between breakfast and break time. So it didn't quite go right, but I got the breakfast right.
New habits, new routines, it's all much the same thing.
Learning to not do something is much harder than learning to do something. Like learning to eat an apple instead of a biscuit is easier than learning eat nothing instead of a biscuit. The one question dieters ask when they want to lose weight is "What can I eat to lose weight" when the obvious answer is to abstain - to eat less. But that's too hard. And that is what this is all about, learning to change habits from grazing between meals to just eating a certain amount at certain times.
Apparently according to research this can take between 18 days and hundreds of days. it would seem obvious that the harder the habit is to break the longer it will take. So how do people expect to change their habits for good overnight? I am so, so convinced that this is going to work because I am breaking the whole overeating habit down into smaller habits which hopefully are therefore easier to break, and therefore quicker to establish the new habit. No wonder people fail. It probably takes a year or more to change all eating habits in one go and establish the new healthier lifestyle.
It feels impossible to break the "cream cake, doughnut, crisps whenever I want habit" to an "I could so devour an apple" habit, but think of OCD cleaners. Who would want to spend the day cleaning? but these people do. And what about marathon runners? Who would want to g out jogging until it hurts in the pouring rain when you could be sitting in front of the TV with a beer or a hot chocolate? Well marathon runners are so in the habit of running that it can become an addiction. They crave that run, like I crave to sit down and munch through a pack of biscuits. So yes it is possible to crave for healthy stuff - it just needs repetition until it becomes a hard to break habit.
I've put on 2 pounds since I last weighed myself
I haven't kept up with the diary because I was falling by the wayside. This is obviously not working, but I'm not giving up that easily. Maybe I shouldn't have tried doing 2 habits at once. Maybe even that is too much. I am going to begin again at the beginning but this time just attempting to change my breakfast habits. Then don't eat anything until about mid morning. No wonder whole diets fail if it is difficult to change just 2 measly little habits at once
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