But I did finally make it and here is my battle plan - I am counting calories! Sooo radical of me, I know, right!? Of course that is boring, and not a new approach, but it has been the most effective in the past. The major change this time is that I am making preparation a priority. I have pre-calculated everything. I took a few hours and made a menu of sorts. It has 3 breakfast options, 5 lunch options, 5 dinner options, and several varied snacks (salty, sweet, crunchy, creamy, etc...) listed that I can choose from at any given time. The calories for each meal and snack, including dressings, oils, etc...have already been counted and written next to the meal. So if for breakfast I choose option one, (1 Whole Wheat Bagel, 2 T Peanut Butter, and a medium Honey crisp Apple), I don't have to figure out the calories, I can just go to my food journal immediately and enter "breakfast - 480" and be done. That way I don't even have to stop and think about it. (This also helped with my grocery shopping. I only bought what was on my list, so that prevented me from having lots of extra "healthy" foods in the house that I am tempted to eat too much of.)
Some food choices that been helpful: dipping celery in salsa, grape Crystal Light, and here is the one you dentists and dieticians are going to love...Blow Pops. Yeah, that's right. Blow Pops are a part of my healthy eating plan.
Late night eating in front of the TV/Computer is easily the hardest time for me when it comes to overeating. I used to smoke. That kept my hands and mouth occupied, but when I quit that - it turned into snacking. So I figure that a 60 calorie Blow Pop isn't the healthiest choice that could possibly be made, but it takes a long time to finish and is a lot better than eating a plate of nachos or a bowl of chocolate ice cream with peanut butter mixed into it. Baby steps.
So that was today. So far so good.
One day a time...