I have had a day or two where I ended up eating 2 small bags of chips and each are about 200 cals.
BUT! Here's the changes I've made
- (First thing I've changed)I have learned to forgive myself.
Because I have noticed, when I beat myself up on these bad days, in the past, I just hated myself and get sad then I would end up eating and it was just this really bad cycle I put myself into.
Instead of,"I'm such a failure. I can't even stop myself from not eating. I deserve to be fat. No one will ever like me." Which, yes, I did think that before.
Now I would think to myself," I did bad today. That's not good, but I have a whole life time to do better. I have a whole life time to loose the fat."
I've also seen before too that it's much better to think positive when "dieting".
- Second change I've made: I've been saying to myself 'I'm being Healthy' instead of 'I'm dieting'
It just sounds better. Since "dieting" seemed to stress me out.
- Third change: I wake up at 9 or earlier and eat breakfast
I don't eat right away, I'll wait till my stomach starts grumbling.
- Forth change: Plan out your meals ahead of time(The day before for me)
Many of you know this app called MyFitnessPal. I've been doing this for a week and a day now. I try to eat at most 1000 calories per day. I would use this app to plan before hand so I don't end up over eating.
For me this really REALLY helps. And I do snack.
By letting myself snack, I don't feel restricted and stressed.
I get really excited to get to plan what I'll eat the next day.
And here's an example of what I would eat in a day;
Breakfast: Whole wheat bread (75 cals) with half a banana (45 cals) with Hot Tea Total: 120 calories
Lunch: 1/2 Oatmeal made with water (150 cals) with half a banana(45 cals) & a sprinkles of ground cinnamon Total: 205
Snack: Anything you prefer thats about 150 cals or less. I would eat clementines (small: 40 cals each). Or Frozen yogurt (100 cals) or any non-fat chobani yogurt(100 - 140 cals). Even some baked lays chips in the small packs.(120 cals)
Dinner: I would use the rest of the calories I have left or less. for dinner (in this case we have about 400 calories left for dinner) Some salad with vinaigrette dressing, you can even have a sandwhich with ham, turkey, spinach. Cause 2 whole wheat breads is about 150 so you have 250 calories left to fill in the bread.
And I make sure to drink plenty, plenty of water throughout the day!
The first few days, I did feel I was getting fatter. But I havent given up because change takes time.
And today I had a normal bowel movement, which I have not had in awhile and I was really happy. I have had days where I did go above 1000 cals, but it's okay. I'm just really glad I'm taking a step to be healthier.
This seems to work for me. And i'm going to stick with it for awhile. I'll keep you all updated on my changes :)