I keep meaning to lose weight, but then, well, I forget.
My memory is keenest right after I have consumed a ginormous Sunday dinner next door at Grammy’s. After dinner at Grammy’s, “I am going to stop eating so much and lose some weight!” is right at the forefront of my mind. It’s at the top of my ToDo list. And it stays at the top of my ToDo list all the way through Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening, on into Monday morning.
But invariably, other things clutter my mind, and not eating so much slips down a couple of places on my list. A month later, after the next ginormous Sunday dinner at Grammy’s, I slap my forehead – “Shoot! I meant to not eat so much! I meant to lose some weight this month!” – and I start the I-am-going-to-stop-eating-so-much-&-lose-some-weight cycle all over again.
Obviously, I need to develop better personal discipline…or at least work on developing better memory!
Having resolved yet again to make healthier, more deliberate food choices, I came across something called the 30 Day Whole Foods challenge. It is not a diet, which is a good thing because I have ZERO success with complicated food plans. The strategy is simple: eat meat, poultry, fish, veggies, fruits, and fats (such as avocados – one of my favorite foods!); avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, grains, beans, legumes, and dairy.
Actually, the whole food challenge isn’t very different from the way my family normally eats. That should make it even easier to follow, right? It will be a challenge for me to go 30 days without peanut butter (peanuts are a legume) or wine, two foods I am in the habit of consuming almost daily. But, the point here is for me to be AWARE, for me to eat INTENTIONALLY instead of simply out of habit. (Thankfully, coffee is not on the “avoid” list!)
Yesterday was Day 1 of my new whole foods challenge. I did great…until we got home late yesterday evening from a 4-H meeting. I made chicken pie for dinner for the family. I make a pretty dang awesome chicken pie. I proceeded to eat a huge plateful of chicken pie myself. Chicken and veggies would have been fine, but not the layer of fluffy biscuits on top of the pie. And definitely not the second helping of said biscuits, drowned in gravy.
Okay, scratch Day 1.
Today, the NEW Day 1 of my whole foods challenge, I made this for lunch:
Yum! Sweet potatoes, spinach, avocados, beets…this was a bowlful of happiness for my mouth!
Now, if only I can REMEMBER to NOT eat a plateful of lasagna at dinner tonight.
Neil Gaiman was challenged to write his first full-length novel by Stephen King, who advised Neil to simply write one page a day. One page. If he wrote one page a day, then, at the end of the year, he would have 365 pages…a book!
One page a day is not impossible. Writing a page a day may at times be difficult (because life is crazy), but it is not impossible. You just have to remember to do it.
Sort of like eating healthfully.