Archive for September, 2008

Weekly Check In: Week 31

September 28, 2008

I did it! I completed week 2 of my 12 week phase 2. I should be feeling happier, but I am exhausted today. The election is kicking my butt. I was going to try to make it to the gym today, but I think I am going to allow my body the rest it needs and be proud of myself for making it to the gym on Monday.

I’m not doing great on my life-balance goals, but that has more to do with the election than with my health goals, the good news is that I am keeping my health and fitness goals going during the election.

Week 13 Q2 – September 21 – September 27, 2008
Overall: 36%
Household: 48%
Health & Beauty: 100%
Finance: 9%
Career: 14%
Entertainment: 9%

Running Weekly Average
Overall: 42%
Household: 63%
Health & Beauty: 53%
Finance: 33%
Career: 30%
Entertainment: 38%

Quarter 1:
April 2008 – June 2008
Overall: 55%
Household: 75%
Health & Beauty: 62%
Finance: 46%
Career: 36%
Entertainment: 53%

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Weekly Check-In: Week 30

September 21, 2008

I successfully completed week 1 of my 12 week plan this past week! Yay! The goal this week is to complete week 2. I am feeling in control and motivated. I am really glad to be back at the gym. It’s brought my energy levels and mood right back up.

I spent yesterday on the campaign trail walking a good part of the main streets of the ridings and I was sore afterwards, but not as much as I would have been prior to my trying to get back in shape.

This week is also the first week that I’ve had this odd dual vision of my physical self. I am very happy and somewhat blow away by the changes in my body. How much stronger I feel, the jaw line in my face much more pronounced, a significant reduction in my bell, butt and thighs. There is definitely a dramatic physical difference between size 20 and size 14. At the same time this weekend was the first time in a long time where I’ve been walking around and still ‘feeling fat’. So, I find myself both proud of myself for my accomplishments thus far, and motivated to keep going because I definitely do not feel as though I am done yet.

I asked my online motivation group to talk about their mental / emotional and /or spiritual strategies for successful health and fitness goals.

THis was my answer:

Beginning 31 weeks ago is the first time I decided to really focus on the mental and emotional side of health and fitness in a bid to finally be successful at my health and fitness goals which I have tried to achieve many times previous but have generally failed.

I always blamed that failure on a lack of willpower. However when I assessed my patterns I discovered it was less a lack of willpower and more a lack of realistic expectations. Despite telling myself that I wasn’t being unrealistic I couldn’t help thinking I should loose weight and size faster, like I was giving up things and I would get frustrated, negative and quit.

Strategy 1: Slow & Steady Wins the Race

Uh, not that this is a race. A marathon may be a better analogy and it’s with myself. In my prior attempts I had immediately dropped my calories to 1,500 (or lower) knocked myself out at the gym for a few hours every day and quickly burnt out.

This time, I forced myself to take it slow. I figured out how many calories I was eating on average, then slowly slowly slowly reduced them 100 calories on average per week. Same method for the work outs starting with only 30 min once a week until I reached 2 hours 4 times a week and not more than that.

Goal: To ease myself into good habits, to let them develop, let myself make mistakes and not let it be the end of the plan, just a delay of a week or a day until I reached my mini-goal.

Result: I think it worked, I lost six sizes much to my surprise and even when I ‘binge’ now it’s less than my previous average daily intake. I am also letting go of the all-or-nothing mentality.

Strategy 2: Consistency is Key

I used to always have a few great days, one or two ‘meh’ days and maybe one I’d rather not talk about. I felt like I had put so much energy in on the great days I’d have trouble understanding why I wasn’t getting results. I’d try to tell myself that one day one bad day didn’t matter, but realistically when that one bad day was really bad and it happened every 5 days I was sabotaging myself.

I first had to decide what I could realistically maintain as a diet level. Then agree that this ‘diet’ was a calorie based diet and not a food restriction. I can have any foods if they fit into the daily calories.

Now I just work on building the consistency.

Goal: To reward myself for recording accurate achievements towards a consistency goal, not a weight loss goal. In doing this, if I am no loosing weight I should be able to look back at my consistency and see why.

Strategy 3: Listen to My Body

Over so many failed diets I had become very detached from my body and how it speaks to me. I know that I should not be tired, achy, gassy, bloated, crampy, low-energy, depressed, moody all the time.

The only way I could think to achieve this goal was to throw out the scale. As long as success was measured by a number on a scale that did not take into consideration natural body fluctuations, growth periods, and muscle mass then I could not focus on what my body was doing.

Loosing the scale quickly made me focus on results like increased energy, positive mood swings, better digestion, and natural whole food cravings (not junk cravings)

Result: My body does talk to me very loudly and I can now see dramatic differences in my mood, digestion, sleep and energy levels when I am eating and exercising right as compared to when I am not.

The weekly numbers

Week 12 Q2 – September 14 – September 20, 2008
Overall: 67%
Household: 86%
Health & Beauty: 95%
Finance: 71%
Career: 76%
Entertainment: 0%

Running Weekly Average
Overall: 43%
Household: 64%
Health & Beauty: 50%
Finance: 35%
Career: 31%
Entertainment: 40%

Quarter 1:
April 2008 – June 2008
Overall: 55%
Household: 75%
Health & Beauty: 62%
Finance: 46%
Career: 36%
Entertainment: 53%

I CAAANNN’T, I’m SSSIIIICCCKKK

September 17, 2008

Oh, the excuses!

I’m sick
I had the flu
I have a cold
I feel yucky
Exercise hurts my joints
I don’t like to sweat, how can I exercise without sweating?
I’m alway so out of breath when I run, it really hurts
I twisted my ankle
I got busy
Work is hectic
I have kids and no time
It’s the holiday’s
I’m too busy to make one meal for me and another for my family.
It just takes too much time
I don’t have any energy

These are just some of the excuses for not getting in shape that I have read online, heard from family and friends, or (and, yes I’m ashamed to admit it) used myself.

When did we get this idea the exercise and healthy eating are things that you do if you are already healthy? That, those of us trying to get healthy need a break from getting healthy when one of the above kicks in.

Shouldn’t it be the exact opposite… “I’m ssssiiiiccckkkk…. I need better food!”

What is an excuse?

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) – Cite This Source – Share This
ex·cuse [v. ik-skyooz; n. ik-skyoos] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation verb, -cused, -cus·ing, noun
–verb (used with object)
1. to regard or judge with forgiveness or indulgence; pardon or forgive; overlook (a fault, error, etc.): Excuse his bad manners.
2. to offer an apology for; seek to remove the blame of: He excused his absence by saying that he was ill.
3. to serve as an apology or justification for; justify: Ignorance of the law excuses no one.
4. to release from an obligation or duty: to be excused from jury duty.
5. to seek or obtain exemption or release for (oneself): to excuse oneself from a meeting.
6. to refrain from exacting; remit; dispense with: to excuse a debt.
7. to allow (someone) to leave: If you’ll excuse me, I have to make a telephone call.
–noun
8. an explanation offered as a reason for being excused; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault or for release from an obligation, promise, etc.: His excuse for being late was unacceptable.
9. a ground or reason for excusing or being excused: Ignorance is no excuse.
10. the act of excusing someone or something.
11. a pretext or subterfuge: He uses his poor health as an excuse for evading all responsibility.
12. an inferior or inadequate specimen of something specified: That coward is barely an excuse for a man. Her latest effort is a poor excuse for a novel.

The common theme seems to be to remove responsibility or obligation. In the context of changing from a unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one what does this mean?

There is a billion dollar industry out there telling all of us, many times a day, that it is not our fault we are not healthy, it is not our fault we are overweight. If we just used their gym, had their fitness machine, took their diet pill / diet shake then we would be healthy.

Weight loss is sold in easy to digest, bit sized sound bites focused on loosing the most pounds in the least time. If we can loose 12 lbs in 7 days then there is an end to this diet, and end to this healthy eating nonesense. Health and healthy living become a consumable product that we buy consume and then move on with our lives.

If we could just drink the shake for long enough, take the diet pill for long enough, had enough money and time for the gym membership then we would be healthy… but life got in the way… we can buy that tomorrow.

Our excuses, our removal of responsibility is simply another example of dieters buying into the billion dollar diet industry. Treating our health and our bodies as products to be consumed, to be shaped and manipulated by outside forces.

Think about this: would you give control of your body to someone else? Let someone decide what you wear, where you go, who you have sex with? No, probably not, and that seems like an extreme comparison for the diet industry, but is it?

When we believe the diet industry we believe that our goals are numbers not health, thin not fit. We are letting an industry tell us how to define our own body identity. Then we take it further and let them control how we act to try to obtain that image of identity, even when we intuitively know that it will not work. This is insanity.

There is a phenomenal amount of information, studies and research out there that prove the benefits of healthy eating and exercise. The improved energy, the sense of accomplishment, and even positive mood changes. But, you don’t have to read the studies to find this out for yourself. If you can exercise and eat well for even a short amount of time, maybe a week or a month you will feel it for yourself.

Every time I think of saying I can’t because __________. I need to turn it around and say this is why I need to be healthy.

When I make healthy choices:

I get sick (MUCH) less
I haven’t had a flu/cold in a year (and I used to get them every other month!)
I feel good
My joints hurt less
I feel gross if I don’t work up a good sweat regularly
I can run further
I may get injuries, but they feel manageable.
I have energy to take on more in my busy schedule.
I feel a sense of accomplishment like I can handle anything that comes my way.
I have more time to spend doing fun things with my family.
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends during the holiday’s, and they are here to see me, not me stuff my face.
I have introduced my family to LOTS of new foods they really enjoy and are now creating their own.
It saves me so much time.
I have so much more energy.

I Want to be A SIX! And Other Things Dieters Say

September 16, 2008

I have been calorie counting consistently for 29 weeks now, on and off for 4 years, and running a motivational online group for 20 weeks. Spending so much time in the weight loss community and now mentoring others who are also trying to loose weight, get healthy, or change their diets has given me a lot of time to hear how we talk about ourselves, our goals and weight loss.

For the most part the language we use around getting fit and healthy is not very conducive to achieving those goals. In fact, I think most of the time it can be a road block.

In the next few posts (weekly check in’s aside) I’d like to talk about things dieters say and how the use of language affects health and fitness goals.

Let’s start with the language of numbers:

One of the exercises I do with my Wagon Jumper group is to talk about setting long term and short term achievable goals.

Inevitably one of our new members will come up with goals that look something like this:

  1. I want to be 150 lbs by Christmas
  2. I want to be a size six by Easter
  3. I want to wear a bikini next summer

If you have tried dieting before I’m sure you’ve set similar goals. I know I have.

There is nothing wrong with these goals on the surface, they may represent a healthy body weight and healthy body size for a given individual. They may be realistic goals given the time frame depending on their current weight, size and fitness level. The problem for me is that they are not in themselves achievable goals.

What do I mean by achievable goals?

An achievable goal is something you have direct control over. For example, I can set a goal of going to the gym today. It is entirely my decision and within my power to go to the gym, or not to. I can set a goal of eating 1,500 calories today and what I put in my mouth will affect if I meet that goal. I can set a goal of doing 100 push-ups during the day and I have complete and direct control over if I achieve that. Doing these things consistently over a long period of time may help me to reach a healthy body weight and size, but it is my actions I have direct control over.

The mainstream of the diet / weight loss community is obsessed with numbers. Pounds, Sizes and BMI rule the world of weight loss. But what does it mean to the dieter? To the person trying to get fit? Trying to stay healthy?

Can you really identify with a number?

The pattern I see over and over again is people setting goals to loose 5, 10, 50 lbs. They get started with little information set a date (which more often that not is unrealistic), then they embark on dieting and exercising as they never have before.

Results? They drop a few pounds quickly in the first week, typically initial weight loss for those of us who are out of shape is water weight. Then the weight loss slows down, they learn that 2 lbs a week is a quick rate of loss… then… they get tired… bored… miss the treats… one week for such a small number seems… crappy… it is demotivating…. “there are 7 … yes, count them! SEVEN days in a week and I’m supposed to be happy with two…. TWO measly pounds!” I hear them cry.

A number is ultimately an abstract concept that cannot in itself motivate life style change. How long can I really expect to stick with a weight loss plan if my only motivation is a number and that number seem further and further away each week?

What About BMI & Body Size?

If the concept of pounds is too abstract then maybe body size and BMI can help us out. I pulled the photo’s below from a Flicker project on Illustrated BMI.

Each of these women pictured above are (in no particular order) representative of body sizes that have BMI’s which are underweight, normal, overweight and obese. I choose these picture because while I can see the differences in the body shapes, if you gave me these photos mixed in with a bunch of others I’d likely put all of these women close to the normal range. I’m not sure I’d class any of them as obese or overweight.

An exaggerated version of this problem exists when we look at models and fashion magazines. Even if we don’t talk about the photo-fixing, it’s still hard to tell without extremes the difference between a size 4, a size 6 and a size 8. Or, a BMI of 20, 22 or 25.

Even with the visuals a dress size or a BMI is representative of an image that we want for ourselves and that is where we need to look for real motivation.

Okay, So, If I Can’t Use Numbers?

It may sound a bit cheesy or cliche to say that you are trying to get fit and stay healthy. Those have become buzz words in themselves. Compare that with I want to be a size ____, or I want to be ____ lbs. I’ll take the first one.

If you start to dig deep into what are the associations you make with a size 6 or 135 lbs you’ll likely come across the reasons.

For me, I’ve ditched the numbers. I saw a girl post a group online today for girls in their 20’s wanting to loose between 5 and 7 lbs. I nearly cried.

There is a freedom in letting go of the number. If I stay fixated on the numbers I know I will be forever glued to, then cursing, the scale, running to the fridge and back on the merry-go-round.

So what are your reasons?

I ditched the numbers when I realized that I didn’t want to be 135 lbs, I wanted to feel comfortable in my own skin. I wanted to think I was beautiful inside and out. I don’t know if I will feel that way at 170 lbs, 150 lbs, or 135 lbs, but I’m not going to worry about the number that I feel it at, I’m going to worry about the feeling.

I want to feel strong, and energetic. My biggest motivation for going to the gym is how bad I feel when I don’t. I got so embarrassed and tired of being out of breath after a flight of stairs. I found myself trying to hide how out of shape I was from everyone around me by trying to ‘wheeze’ quietly (not easy). I began to feel trapped and limited by my body.

Being a size 6 or 150 lbs is nowhere near as important as being able to easily jog up a flight of stairs, start rowing, dance the night away, or race my brother swimming and know I’ve got a chance to beat him.

I don’t talk about size or weight anymore except as asides. Yes, I’ve lose six dress sizes, yes that feels amazing. What feels more amazing is how much energy I have, that I can easily carry my groceries home, that I don’t ‘feel’ like a blob that doesn’t fit into my clothes properly anymore, that I can easily jog half a block to catch up with friends and don’t need a minute to get my breath when I do and much much more.

Weekly Check-In: Week 29

September 14, 2008

This past week has been a turn-around week for me. At the beginning of the week my only goal was to get to the gym four times. Which I did manage to do. Happily, I also came across the Photo Diet (see previous entries) and while I was not trying to get my eating back on track this week it worked out.

The Photo Diet gave me the motivation through embarrassment (maybe not positive motivation) to really watch what I was eating again both in terms of amount and quality of food.

I have struggled a lot since I finished the phase of my plan that was all about reducing the calories to a healthy level. The next step of my plan is to simply eat healthy and exercise. To build that consistency.

I never thought that getting to the healthy part would be the barrier. Part of that barrier is the unanticipated success that I’ve had. For some reason I had this mental block in my head that I would not loose any weight, not loose any size, not feel better, not look better until I was several weeks into my consistency phases. This was not the case. I lost six sizes just getting to the consistency phases.

I have some fear. I need to acknowledge that fear. I’m at my lowest size in 5 years. I have rarely managed to go below this size without it coming back in a few months. I can feel the self-sabotage setting in across the past few weeks.

I’m scared about having to shop at new stores. I’m scared of loosing my fat girl identity that has been so protective for the past few years.

To move past this fear I need to acknowledge that I do feel better, energized, in control, more powerful and all around better when I go for it. It’s okay for me not to be the fat girl anymore. It’s okay for me to be fit, to look successful. It’s okay to let me have this and to be proud of what I am doing for myself. Changing my health and my body does not mean that I am rejecting myself it means I am embracing and freeing myself.

So there’s my self-pseudo-psychology for today. Time to go to the farmers market.

Week 11 Q2 – September 7 – September 13, 2008
Overall: 59%
Household: 110%
Health & Beauty: 62%
Finance: 38%
Career: 38%
Entertainment: 48%

Running Weekly Average
Overall: 41%
Household: 62%
Health & Beauty: 45%
Finance: 32%
Career: 27%
Entertainment: 44%

Photo Diet: Last Day

September 14, 2008

I’ve decided that the end of week 29 is also the end of my photo diet. I’ll cover this more in my weekly check-in, but the bottom line is: it did what it needed to do, which is getting me to cook at home and log my calories again. Now that is accomplished it is not longer in and of itself motivating me to eat well and it’s a lot of work. So I’m back to the old grind of trying to log my food sans photos.

Yesterday was a super busy day I had to get the dogs to the vet 10:20 – 11:15, shower and change and go to do my volunteering on the election 12:00 – 4:30, buy some new clothes because happily I’ve lost so much weight that none of my last year’s fall clothes fit 4:30 – 6:30, and then grab dinner and some sleep before taking a bunch of girls out for a pub crawl 10:00 – 3:00 am.

My eating choices were not great. Had I chosen not to eat or drink on the pub night I would have been on cal, but, that wasn’t going to happen. What I should have done was make a better dinner choice, and eaten a bit more early in the day.

I started with an apple as I ran out the door.

57 Calories

Apple: 57 Calories

Then I waited another 4 hours avoiding all the snacks at the election volunteer and finally caving to a glass of Apple Juice.

117 Calories

Apple Juice: 117 Calories

Needless to say by 6:30 I was starving and I over-indulged in Japanese take-away. Not only choosing the calorie okay sashimi, but also the tempura, some goyz and the sides of miso soup and rice which come with the sashimi. I did manage to half the portion of rice and avoid the rice with the tempura.

1312 Calories

Sashimi, Tempura, Goyza, Half Rice, Miso: 1312 Calories

Washed that down with a glass and a half of green iced tea.

131 Calories

Green Iced Tea 1.5 cups: 131 Calories

If I had stopped eating at this point, which I likely would have if I was staying in. Then I would have been fine for making my total weekly calories equal a daily maintenance average of around 2,000 cal/day.

But…. I had pub night to run. Which was a lot of fun, but also included alcohol and not tiny amounts. I do have a very high tolerance for alcohol so I was completely sober by the end of the night. Which just goes to show why I should not try to drink heavy (as I sometimes do) as I can easily drink 3-4 days worth of calories in alcohol without thinking about it.

I did a tour of my sketchy coming trendy neighbourhood, which I love as the sketchy neighbourhood. I did scare off some of the girls early in the night, but I feel that was okay since I gave fair warning about the ‘hood and the types of bars.

We started at the Gladstone with a pint of beer which I forgot to photograph. Almost finished my second pint of Mill Street Tankhouse Ale before I remembered to grap a photo at the Rhino Bar.

720 Calories

2 pints Mill Street Tankhouse Ale: 720 Calories

The Cadillac Lounge which had a Elvis impersonator playing punk-sak was too packed so we moved on to Cafe Taste which is a great little wine and cheese bar.

I had a great local Reisling which I really wish I could remember the name of at the moment.

115 Calories

Wine 5oz: 115 Calories

One of the great things about Cafe Taste is that once you order your wine you can order a cheese tray which they will custom make to the wines you are tasting. Two of us had a Reisling and the other a Black Oak Red Cabernet. They gave us a great little cheese tray with flat breads, pita, olives and about 4 oz of cheese total. I think I had about 1.5 of those. The cheeses were all local and absolutely GREAT! I stayed away from the almonds, but ate most of the olives, a reasonable calorie compromise. In my mind.

204 Calories Estimated

Shared Cheese Tray: 204 Calories Estimated

Finally we finished off the evening on the way to Mitzi’s Sister with Lollipops, we got there too late for Last Call so no more beer and home we went after grabbing the last official Mitiz’s post card promo calendar.

50 Calories

Lollipop: 50 Calories

LAST DAY TOTAL CALORIES: 2706! Wow! again too many calories, but if I take it into the context of how I was doing in February 3,000 calories was an average day for me, now 2,700 is a wild binge, so there is progress.

I do think this last photo blog does show that I’ve become accustomed to posting even my binges, so I don’t think it will continue to motivate me in and of itself to eat well. I’ll have to start doing that on my own beginning today.

Photo Diet: Day 4, Lunch & Dinner

September 12, 2008

I continue my quest to eat my sundried tomato wraps before they go bad.

229 Calories

Tomato Cucumber Wrap: 229 Calories

Began dinner by almost finishing up the Leek and Potato Soup.

89 Calories

Leek and Potato Soup: 89 Calories

Mum made mushroom stroganoff and brought it over for our weekly Buffy The Vampire fest.
(yes, I’m a geek – like you’re surprised). I had enough room in my calories to have two servings.

182 Calories X 2 = 364 Calories

Mushroom Stroganoff: 182 Calories X 2 = 364 Calories

I was slightly below 1200 calories at this point and decided some of the Potatoes Provencal would not be a bad idea.

287 Calories

Potatoes Provencal: 287 Calories

I also had in addition to the half cup of green iced tea, two other full cups of green iced tea with dinner.

86 Calories X 2.5 = 215 Calories

Green Iced Tea: 86 Calories X 2.5 = 215 Calories

I really need to start drinking water.

I’m still on my desert kick, so back to the soy not-so-good-because-I-bought-the-wrong-kind ice cream. And a pot of tea.

190 Calories

Mint Chocolate Chunk Soy Ice Cream: 190 Calories

DAY 4 TOTAL CALORIES: 1,566, not too bad, no gold star today but not too shabby. I think I’m in good shape to make a real go of my weekly average of 1,500 calories/day next week.

To take a complete tangent for a moment, my elbows feel thinner. It’s an odd thing to notice, elbows, thinner, but I can’t stop touching them I can feel so much more definition of the bone. It’s kind of ookie and exciting at the same time.

Photo Diet: Day 4, Breakfast

September 12, 2008

I forgot to pick up hummus, although I sort of forgot on purpose. My mum is coming over for dinner tonight, which means that dinner will likely be more calorie heavy than it has been for the past two days.

I know that ideally I’m supposed to eat my largest meal in the morning, eat much less carbs, more protein etc… etc… but this is a one step at a time for me. The first step is simply exercising regularly and eating around 1500 calories. Technically those 1500 calories can all be butter tarts, although I do generally try to eat reasonably healhty. So I’m skimming calories from breakfast and lunch today so that I can serve a reasonable dinner by north american standards.

187 Calories

Pita and Apple: 187 Calories

Photo Diet: Day 3, Dinner

September 11, 2008

I started dinner the same as yesterday with a bowl of soup after I finished the prep for the main course.

89 Calories

Leek and Potato Soup: 89 Calories

I was still hungry and I have a weakness for black olives (one of the ingredients in the main course).

60 Calories

1/4 cup black olives: 60 Calories

Black Olives are salty so I needed a drink:

45 Calories

1/2 cup Iced Green Tea: 45 Calories

Dinner was potatoes provencal. I didn’t realize until I was at the grocery that I had planned two potato meals for dinner. Can you tell I’m Irish? Oh, well. I’ll have to make a bean dish tomorrow for more protein.

Potatoes Provencal Prep

Potatoes Provencal Prep

Steam the potatoes, sautee onions and rosemary, add water, spices, soy sauce and potatoes then assemble in dish and cover with tomatoes and soy cheese (or real cheese).

Potatoes Provencal Uncooked

Potatoes Provencal Uncooked

Put in oven for 40 min. at 400 degrees F.

Potatoes Provencal Cooked

Potatoes Provencal Cooked

It makes six servings. Full recipe and nutritional information are available on Calorie Count.

332 Calories

Potatoes Provencal and Tea: 332 Calories

And, I still like my desert. Unfortunately I bought a kind of soy ice cream that I don’t like as much. There are two kinds with the same name, one is a vanilla base with mint chocolate chips, and one is a chocolate base (well carob really). I got the second and it’s not my favourite.

190 Calories

Mint Chocolate Soy Ice Cream and Tea: 190 Calories

DAY 3 TOTAL CALORIES: 1360!

Now, that is a good calorie day! Still with much food I think.

Photo Diet: Day 3, Lunch

September 11, 2008
Tomato Cucumber Wrap - 229 Calories

Tomato Cucumber Wrap - 229 Calories

Yup, same thing again. I’m not really bored of it, but if anyone is following this blog I bet you’re bored of this picture.

I know one reason people fail on diets is that they don’t like the lack of variety. That doesn’t seem to be my problem. I’m comfortable having the same thing a whole bunch for a short while, and then switching to something else. I also think it’s economical because when you buy a pack of wraps, or pita breads or something, it’s best to get them eaten before they go bad. This is easiest if you don’t mind repeating your food.

Once I find a healthy choice that I like I also like to stick with it for awhile, and finding a new healthy choice that I like suddenly seems like a chore.

That being said I’ve run out of hummus for breakfast tomorrow. I’m caught between trying to find something new, or just buying more hummus since I have a lot of pita bread left.

Choices, choices, oh poor poor me, what problems I have.

(uh, sarcasm, in case you didn’t get that).