Cheat without cheating: Eating the right amount of the wrong foods

Yesterday, I had a bad day.  A rubbish, mad-at-the-world, in-a-mood-for-no-reason bad day.  We all have them, and it’s very easy to give up and eat all the wrong foods when you’re in a bad mood.

I started well, from a food sense.  I had my normal breakfast (Nature Valley Sweet and Salty cereal bar, if you were wondering).  I filled up with green tea between breakfast and lunch, as I always do.  I had a tuna sandwich on wheat bread for lunch.  All in all, a pretty successful start to my week.

Then I got home.

Now, I don’t know about you, but 4pm is my danger time, the time of the day where all willpower and rational thinking go out the window and I say “F*CK IT, I’M HAVING A CRUNCHIE”.  And have a crunchie I did.  Then I had some pretzel M&Ms.  Then I had a bounty.  Then my husband decided to get a McDs for his dinner and I had a McChicken sandwich (no fries though).

That’s all it took, half an hour of bad food choices to lose my good start to the week.  I felt bloated and uncomfortable afterwards too – and still hungry!  Of course I was still hungry, I hadn’t eaten anything nutritious and now didn’t want to eat a proper dinner because I’d binged away my dinner calories on the wrong foods.  Technically, though, technically I didn’t go over my calories!  I just filled up my daily allowance with junk food instead of proper food.

It’s another variable in this experiment – is it as simple as calories in < calories out = weight loss?  Or should I be taking what i’m eating into consideration too?  Should I be tracking protein and carbohydrates and micronutrients and macronutrients and all these other things that people tell you is important to lose weight?  For me, I’ve decided not to.  Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be having another binge any time soon and will be aiming for 3 healthy meals and the odd snack every day.  However I’m not going to make it overly complicated, especially right at the start of this journey.  Perhaps in a few months when I’ve really learned how this weight loss thing works, I will revisit it, but for now – i’m all about the calories, baby.

I think it’s OK to not care occasionally.  To just throw caution to the wind and eat the damn Big Mac.  It’s not doing it every day that’s the important part – and making sure doing it once doesn’t derail you and unravel all previous effort.

Tonight I may be unravelled (but just for a day) – it’s my husband’s birthday and we’re going out for a meal so I’m not sure how accurate my tracking will be.  I’ll try my best though!

We all have days where this is appropriate. For me, yesterday was that day.

Happy dieting!

Pamela x

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