The past couple months seems to have been all about stumbling in my world. I am looking forward to the looking back and understanding that is was all just a part of my dance.
I feel really good about how February has started out. I haven't had any sweets since Monday. I had gotten into such bad habits of letting myself have sweets whenever I wanted. I would stop by the bakery to get one cookie and leave with 3 or 4. It seemed like I just couldn't get enough. The last thing I wanted to do was track my food because I didn't want to give up the goodies and I knew they were going to put me way over on calories or be super difficult to calculate calories, I seemed like I would get discouraged and give up anyway, so why bother? I am still not tracking calories, but without the sweets I am much more mindful of what I am eating.
By eliminating all sweets I have immediately noticed that snack much less. I am not in a pattern of sweet/salty/sweet/etc. In the past, I would buy a sweet snack and a salty snack at the same time because I knew if I ate one I would want the other. Snacking at work can turn into a problem quickly because I am alone most of the time. There is no one to know what I am eating all day. No one to make Piggy Anna behave.
Here is the snack going to work with me today - 1/4 cup natural almonds and a Cutie. I really like the combination. It satisfies both the sweet and salty even though the nuts are not salty and the Cutie is a bit tart.
My husband has gone back to tracking his calories, so that by default is going to help me. No more thoughtless eating out, keeping "bad" snacks in the house and making high calorie meals. I have to plan dinners that fit his calorie needs. At this rate, I think I might be tracking calories again soon :) I am so thankful when my husband and I are on the same page. It seems nearly impossible for me to succeed without the support (words and actions) of the one closest to me.
We are back to walking (him- running) in the mornings. I can't wait until it gets light earlier, but for now it just feels good to be out there. I am doing 2 miles a day at a decent pace.
I have not been super successful on the weight loss challenge I am participating in. I was lost a bit, gained a bit, but this week I did lose again - 1.3 pounds :) Hoping I can string together a few good weeks to finish the contest strong.
Bottom line - I am feeling hopeful that I may truly back to more dancing and less stumbling.
I would love more suggestions for satisfying snacks.