WEEK SEVEN WEIGH-IN RESULTS
24TH FEBRUARY 2020
Isn’t it funny how even a weight loss on the scales can still come as a disappointment? This week I have lost 1.8 pounds. But, despite the loss, I’m not feeling too cheery. Why? Because I’m not conquering my food cravings. I know I could have done better.
I did not eat healthy food all week. I went out for lunch, and I did not make good choices. Far from it. I had a battered chicken burger with triple cooked chips, onion rings, a side of cheesy garlic bread and two pints of cherry coke. On the way home, I scoffed a bag of Haribo and a creme egg. And OMG, did I feel sick.
Now I’m left to wonder, what could I have achieved if I hadn’t of succumbed to that weak moment?
This has been a similar story for me over the last few weeks. If you recall, I had a pretty similar situation at weigh-in week six. Conquering my food cravings is something I’ve been trying to overcome for a while. I keep telling myself, tomorrow I’ll be better. Tomorrow I’ll act like a grown-up and see the damage I’m doing to myself, instead of letting my immature inner child do the talking.
Why at those important food decision-making moments, do I give zero f**ks?
I started this thing because I wanted to escape the “dieting” trap. But I’ve very quickly fallen back into a “dieting” mentality. You know how it goes, the ritual, this is bad, that is good. That’s forbidden, that’s ok. Too many calories. Too much fat. It screams RESTRICTION. And, it drives me insane. I’m literally crawling up the walls trying not to binge.
And then, when I go out for a meal, I eat EVERYTHING bad, forbidden, too many, too much.
So, instead of starting this week feeling bad, off the back of making poor decisions at the weekend, I’m going to be positive. And the first thing I’m going to do is stop looking at my 1.8 pounds weight loss as a failure.
I HAVE LOST WEIGHT THIS WEEK!!!!
THIS WEEK I AM 1.8 POUNDS LIGHTER THAN I WAS LAST WEEK!
Are you convinced? No, me neither, but I’m gonna work on it!
At the end of the day, yes, I am struggling to get my head into the right mindset, but I am still seeing a loss. I keep trying, and I’m not giving up. And, all the while I’m feeling a little down on myself, maybe that 1.8 pounds weight loss is good enough for right now.
You never know, if I go into the week feeling good about myself, perhaps that will set me up for success, and I’ll be more likely to stay on track.
CONQUERING FOOD CRAVINGS
When I told my Dad I was struggling with cravings, he sent me an interesting article from Real Buzz that talks about the hidden meanings behind cravings. In the article “5 Food Cravings Conquered“, the author describes alternatives your body may need when you think you’re craving chocolate, carbohydrates, sugar, meat and salt.
My biggest craving is often chocolate and other sugary foods and drink. So, if the article is correct, I might need a top-up of Magnesium and Chromium.
Based on this theory if I get a chocolate craving, and I need to eat foods that contain magnesium, I should reach for some nuts, seeds, pulses or Medjool dates.
And, if find myself looking for sugary foods, then I could opt for whole grains, green vegetables and green apples.
This is worth bearing in mind when I next get an uncomfortable craving. I could put some of these alternative foods to the test and see if I can settle my mind with much healthier options.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. Please leave a note if you’re on a journey of your own, I’d love to hear from you. Any advice and tips on handling cravings are more than welcome!
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