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Breaking up with my bad habits

I’ve been a big girl my whole life. When I was in middle school, we moved from Pennsylvania down to Florida. Most of the girls in my middle school were so much skinnier than the girls at my previous school. While I looked a couple pounds overweight in Pennsylvania, I felt huge compared to the girls at my new middle school. I was picked on frequently for being “fat”. At the time, I was probably only 10-15 pounds over where I should have been but there was a group of girls who made me feel like I was 100 pounds overweight. Middle school girls can be so ruthless. It got to the point where I just stopped eating while I was at school. It became a habit. Some days I would skip breakfast, every day I would skip lunch and I would come home from school so hungry. When I finally did get home from school, I would eat a bunch of food since I hadn’t eaten all day. I guess I just didn’t realize it before but I still don’t eat much throughout the day. I won’t eat until I feel like I am starving, then I will eat a lot of food. I’ll go hours without eating.

I knew I had some unhealthy eating habits I needed to change and this past week I have been paying close attention to my eating habits. I rarely pay attention to how often I eat or when. I’ve noticed quite a few unhealthy eating habits I need to change. Here is a list of the eating habits I need to work on:

  1. Going hours without eating until I am super hungry, then eating a lot of food.
  2. Not eating much during the day, then eating most of what I eat in the evening or at night
  3. Taking the whole bag or container of food with me to eat instead of just taking a small portion with me, then eating more than I should have (example: Taking a bag of rice cakes with me to watch TV. The next thing I know I ate the whole bag instead of just a few)
  4. Filling my plate full of food. I’ll start to feel full or I’ll become full but continue to eat what’s left on my plate.

I know. They are some awful eating habits. Everything you are not suppose to do when you live a healthy lifestyle. The problem with habits is how hard they are to break. I know it won’t be possible to change all of my bad habits at once. I am going to break them down into easy steps making it easier to develop better habits. I can work on each step individually  Here are some of the steps I can take to break my bad habits:

  1. Portion control
  2. Paying attention to the amount of food I put on my plate and in my mouth
  3. Breaking big bags of snacks down into smaller sandwich bags to control how much I eat
  4. Using smaller plates when I eat meals
  5. Eating smaller healthy meals/snacks every 2-3 hours to keep me from getting too hungry and binging
  6. Eat slower to feel when I am full instead of eating so quickly
  7. Eat more veggies
  8. Not eating after 8pm

These are the steps I need to take to break up with my bad habits. It will take me a while but the time would pass anyway.

What other steps do you think I should take to break my eating habits? What do you do to keep yourself from falling into bad habits?

Weekly Update- April 14, 2013

 

Every week I plan on posting an update about my progress towards better health. I will post goals I want to accomplish in the upcoming week, if I accomplished the goals I set the previous week, current weight, if I lose or gain weight (hopefully only lose weight), and a brief summary of my activities.

Swinging at the park

Hubby, Peanut and I went on a long walk today. Adding miles towards my goal. We stopped at the park so Peanut could swing for a while. Hubby captured this photo of the two of us

Goals for the upcoming week

  1. Walk at least 8 miles
  2. Perform at least one strength training workout
  3. Continue to eat dairy free
  4. Add one serving of veggies or fruit each day by either eating extra veggies/fruit or replacing a snack with veggies

Weigh-in Time
Weight: 261 pounds
Lose/Gain: Lost 4 pounds!!!!!
Weekly Summary
This past week has been my first dairy free week I’ve ever had. Surprisingly, it was not as hard as I thought it would be. I can’t believe how much food has dairy in it. Its rather daunting, but I try to look for the positive in life. Dairy free is turning out to be helpful because it keeps me from eating junk food like cookies, chocolate, and all sorts of other unhealthy food. Most of the food I want to eat containing dairy isn’t healthy for me anyway, including frozen dinners and most processed foods. Therefore, I have been making my meals from scratch (which I enjoy doing anyway) so I know what I am eating. This allows me to add more veggies my meals.

As far as fitness goes, I have been walking every chance I can get this week. The weather has been warm and wonderful. I’ve taken my daughter on walks almost every day this week. I’ve walked a little over 5 miles. I’m quite proud of myself 🙂

Do you have any short term goals this week you want to accomplish? What do you think of the goals I’ve set for myself this week? Let me know!

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