Well, back from vacation and I only gained a pound or two. Back to tracking my daily intake since I want to lose about twenty pounds before the end of July - yeah, we'll see how well that works out. It's good to have goals, I guess.
It was VERY nice to take a complete hiatus from concern about the amount and type of food I was consuming, and the amount of exercise I was (or was not) getting. I felt very relaxed in Maine and had no qualms whatsoever having whatever I wanted for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and anything else in between. Even so, I think the types of foods - whole foods, seafood, fresh fruits and veggies, organic locally produced meats - were actually healthier for me than the variation of strict calorie reduction and "diet" foods I have been consuming.
My nutritionist wants me to follow "The Schwarzbein Principle", which aligns pretty well with how I was eating on vacation. Except in larger quantities, of course, with some bread and fried seafood thrown in. Why have one crab leg when you can have five? Pass the butter! Have another lobster roll with mayo! Popcorn shrimp? Pile 'em on!
The problem is that following this nutritional lifestyle is not as convenient as just fucking eating whatever the hell will fit within your caloric "budget" for the day. The Schwarzbein Principle is based on the consumption of foods low on the glycemic index - proteins, whole fruits and veggies, few if any grains or breads, absolutely no processed or fried foods. Which means that I have to put thought in ahead of time for what I'm going to consume, so that I can make sure it's prepared when I need it. Make my breakfast and lunch ready for the next day, the night before. Prepare a dish for myself at dinner that is different than what I prepared for everyone else to eat. Be hyper-conscious about going out to eat or grabbing fast food.
Really, there is just too much brain power wasted on trying to figure out what to eat, and when to eat it, and how much, and in combination with what (combine your proteins with carbs! eat good fats, avoid bad fats!). Having to focus this much on what I'm putting into my mouth is only making me feel guilty when I do eat, and generating an unhealthy obsession, fixation, and paranoia. I'm developing a complex just because I like a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast, when I should be having hard boiled eggs and steel cut oatmeal.
I want to be able to JUST EAT. Not analyze and weigh and assess and contemplate and do a fucking word problem every time I approach a meal ("If a slice of toast consumed at 8:00 a.m. is combined with a hard boiled egg, will Laura feel guilty enough to skip lunch at 12:00 p.m., and if so, will she cave in and visit the vending machine out of hungry desperation at 2:30 p.m.?").
I just want to eat. To stay alive, to be entertained, to enjoy myself, to be healthy. I want to use all this brain power my diet has been taking up for better and more interesting purposes.
Labels: goals, headspace, progress