Pieces of Me

Friday, May 20, 2011

Made to Crave–Day 3 “Getting a Plan”

Okay for the record, I started reading this book on Tuesday.  That was the only day that Stephen was actually off work (for Cayden’s PreK Graduation) and able to run to the store to pick it up for me.  In a week, I have ready a ton of chapters.  There may be double posts from me because I am lending the book to a friend once I’m through, but I want to get done with the reflection questions as well before I give it to her.  Of course, my blog may seem a little crazy as I reflect since I’m not copying the questions (pretty sure that’s not allowed, even if I site the source), but all in all, I think everyone will get the gist of what’s going on.  And I’m trying to write in complete sentences reflecting the question like we all learned in school back in the day.

Before I reflect on chapter three, I wanted to share that on Monday I started tracking my food again.  On Tuesday I started reading the book.  And from that day forward I have really paid attention to what I’m putting in my mouth – liquid or solid – and haven’t had a soda all week.  I’m drinking tea, water, and lattes (yes, lattes, but not every day, and it’s the only way I’ll drink coffee, which does give me a couple milk servings).  I’m also stopping to think and/or pray whenever I get a craving.  I haven’t been able to stop eating chocolate completely, but I’m not gorging on it.  In fact, I’ve had a couple chocolate covered almonds in the past few days and that craving seems to subside.  And that is only if I don’t stop to say a prayer.  When I’ve prayed for some self control, the Lord has always just given me something else to worry about or do instead of eating crap.  I have not, however, had a soda at all this week Smile 

And so this week, although I had been up from my lowest weight (this time around), I have managed to bring it back down to where I was when I got the tattoo (which is now a total of 16 lbs.).  And I re-lost 2.9 lbs.  I’m ready for the number to be lower, but I’m not freaking out about it.  I’m not stressing and freaking out about it anymore.  There’s no reason to allow satan to ruin my progress and my plan. 

And that brings me to the reflection questions for Chapter 3.

  1. When I hear the word plan, I immediately think of a list, a calendar, or a chart.  I’m not really a planner.  I’m learning to be one, but when I hear the word plan, I don’t really get all excited and start to create this amazing outline of things to do to get it done.  I’m not really a go with the flow sort of gal, but having a fine tuned plan isn’t something I dig much either.
  2. There are areas in my life where planning does work well for me.  It helps me to plan out our weekly meals.  When I don’t, we tend to overeat or eat all the bad stuff.  It also helps to have a calendar to help me plan for the week.  Plans regarding my particular eating habits are exactly what I need to help me get through each day.
  3. Is there a relationship between food and secrets?  For me, not really.  I don’t really hide my eating habits.  Everyone knows that I’m addicting to Coke and Chocolate.  One day I hope to say I’m addicted to carrots and celery, but that’s doubtful.  As long as I recognize the areas that I need help, I think that I am going to do well. 
  4. I know what eating plan works for me.  I’ve done Weight Watchers in the past and had amazing success.  Of course, I was 100% committed to following the plan to my benefit.  I’m going to continue to follow the WW plan and really stay on top of things.  I know it won’t always be easy, but I do know it will be worth it.
  5. I am 100% certain that if I continue to follow the WW program, and I mean really and truly follow the program, including exercise, I will be successful.  I know it won’t happen right away.  I won’t be at a healthy weight immediately, but I will get there in God’s time.