So here we are at the start of Week 3 of my Listen To My Stomach campaign of Operation GIT. So far I haven’t seen any actual LOSS from this policy, but I have gotten into a routine of bringing breakfast (and lunch) to work and eating when I get legitimately hungry. It’s been pretty easy to fall into that portion of the program. I wind up having breakfast between 9:30 and 10:30, lunch between 1:30 and 3, then usually a snack in there somewhere before dinner. So, win on that front.
And I’ve been good at sticking to eating mostly “real” food. No processed crap. Plenty of whole grains, lean protein and veggies. I did this mostly anyway between being a food snob and having a gluten free household.
It’s been a little harder to stick to the 90/10 rule of eating properly 90 percent of the time. That works out to 2 cheat meals a week–which is sometimes a challenge with social engagements. So I’m still working on that.
And the whole eating only until satisfied, not until full–that’s kind of permanently a work in progress for me. I don’t so much have a problem earlier in the day. But dinner is where I actually indulge my foodie habits and it’s less about hunger (though by 7:30 or 8 when we eat, that IS a component) and more about enjoying the flavors. So that’s a continual challenge. But I’m still working on it.
Either way, I’ve been less hungry and generally more able to control my appetite, so that’s been a good by-product. I’m not presently tracking anything–no calories, no macronutrients. That’s kind of giving me an eye-twitch, but I’m trying to keep it simple and see if that will work for me, as tracking takes some time out of my day. Not a LOT of time, but time. I’ll give it a few weeks to see if that still gets me results.
I’m about ready to change up my lifting routine. I meant to start that last week, but wasn’t feeling awesome. And then this week started with allergy/sinus crud (I feel better now, thanks). So that’s on the Do List for next week. I need to program the routine into my Gym Buddy app. I still haven’t decided which to shift to next, but I recently tried inverted rows and totally love them, so something incorporating that. And as the weather begins to cool off some, I’m ready to start walking again during my breaks at work. That always falls off during the summer because I prefer not to get drenched and gross during my work day.
Onward to better things!
I can’t use the “only eat when I’m hungry” routine because I wake up hungry and pretty much stay hungry all the time. My stomach growls at inappropriate times. LOL. But I AM trying my best to eat only until I’m satisfied. I’ve done pretty well with that. The other day I actually overindulged severely, and I was MISERABLE. So that shows I’m not used to doing it much now.
That 90/10 rule is such a good idea, but it’s very hard to do. Since you’re bring breakfast and lunch to work, that probably helps. But you’re right about how hard that is with social engagements to deal with.