About the end of March I noticed that my numbers were starting to creep up a little. In fact, I had taken my A1C down to 5.3 while I was singing and dancing in a show last year. I have a sneaky suspicion, I'm now back to 5.9 (or possibly higher). I'll find out next month.
I started thinking about it and I realized it's because, while I've been busy, I've been making some not-so-healthy choices. I will have 2, 15 carb gram, bags of crunchy munchies in a day instead of the 1. I'll have store bought mashed potatoes instead of corn. I'll have a couple sandwiches in a day instead of a sandwich and a meal. I also noticed that I was "stuffing" myself at meal times. I had gotten good at eating til I was full, but lately, I'd been eating until I was stuffed.
- Don't panic!! My first instinct is to panic and run right to the grocery store to buy the healthiest food I can find. I followed that instinct once. All the healthy food I bought went bad because I didn't eat it. So, this is NOT helpful.
- Choose in the moment. I find it's better to choose in the moment instead of forcing myself to eat healthy. So, the next grocery trip I look for foods that sound good. Then I ask myself what the healthier option may be. I don't trade in my mashed potatoes for broccoli. I trade my mashed potatoes in for some new potatoes this week. I like new potatoes, but I don't eat as much of them as I do mashed potatoes. So, I still get my potatoes, but I'll eat a healthier portion.
Gradually, by honoring my craving with healthier alternatives, I stop craving the bad foods.
The same applies to stuffing myself. Each meal, I choose to stuff myself less. I find that if I have a pile of tasty, healthy snacks in the house, this is easier. For some reason when I'm in stuff myself mode, I worry I'll be starving later. If I know that's not true, I can choose to eat a little less. As I continue to reduce how much I eat in a sitting, it gets easier to not want to stuff myself.
A few weeks later (sometimes longer) and I'm back on track.
- Learn from my mistakes. Usually, when I fall off the wagon, it's because something has changed and I haven't taken the time to figure out how I want to manage it. I need to learn how to incorporate it into my life.
This year, I've been out of the house/office a lot more. I've been doing things in the evenings and my business has been busier than I'm used to, so snack times are rushed. I have not quite figured out how to do busy life and eating healthy. Now that I'm aware of this change, I'm looking for new ways of coping. I've discovered low-carb frozen dinners with a little side dish (30 grams of carbs or less) are good between work & evening activities. Then I eat again after the activity (again, 30 grams or less). So far, this works well. In fact, because I'm in a hurry, I don't really care what I eat. I just need to eat so I can enjoy my evening without a low. As long as I have quick, healthy choices, there is no choice. I just eat what's there.
- There is no bad girl here. Sometimes my brain wants to blame myself and get all mean. I put the k' abash on that really quick. Things happen. I'm not perfect. Always eating healthy does take work and sometimes I get off track. That's ok. I'm human and I accept my flaws. What's important is choosing to get back on track. It's always a choice. If I focus on making that choice, I get back to where I want to be.
- Celebrate! Once I feel I'm back on track, I celebrate. I congratulate myself and do something for me. I've been known to buy clothes to celebrate weight loss. I'll give myself a techy toy. I'll dance around shouting "I rock!!" When Hubby's not home, of course (he doesn't need to witness that). Pat myself on the back. Give myself a hug. Brag to Hubby or a friend who loves to hear these things. Anything to celebrate getting back on track because darnit, I did the work to get back and I deserve to celebrate that.