Monday, August 20, 2012

Slow and steady...

I'm writing this evening with an update. First, things have been going fairly well overall. Over the last 6 weeks or so, I've been trying to stick to my once a week dessert day, with a few exceptions here and there. I didn't specifically write about those, as I said I would, but this post is to cover a blanket time period instead of writing about each of the times I had an extra dessert day. Here was my original commitment with dessert: "Here's my commitment. No dessert except the following occasions UNTIL I lose all the weight I have to lose (which is 30 pounds, btw): Joshua's birthday, Mother's Day, Memorial Day (Sunday/Monday--family stuff), and my birthday. If there is an occasion that I would like to have dessert otherwise, I have to clear it with Neal (and post it here)." Well, I now have only 25 pounds to lose. So the good news is I have lost 5 pounds since I wrote that post. However, the bad news is, I said I would only have dessert on the special occasions I listed. The latest one being my birthday, which was over 2 months ago. I wrote an updated post where I changed my commitment to having dessert one day a week. While I have been trying to stick to that, I am going to tweak my commitment once again. I hope this is okay! I have honestly struggled with whether or not it is okay to change my commitment, since I said I was going to keep it until I lost the 30 pounds. I did say that if I wanted to have dessert on another occasion, I would clear it with Neal. Well, I talked to him today about this, and he was cool with my new plan. So, I guess in that way I am not breaking my original commitment because I've cleared it with Neal. :) So, here it is. I've been counting calories for the last 6+ weeks, and some days I have gone over my calories, and some days I've been under. More times over than under. I'm glad I've been able to consistently journal my calories for that time, but I am looking for an extra motivation now to stay within my daily calorie goal. My new plan from now on, at least for now, is that I can have dessert on days when I account for it in my total calorie count and can still come in at or under my goal for that day. I feel like this will be more reflective of the way I want to eat when I finally can get to a maintenance level for my weight...eating dessert only when I have enough calories saved for it. I hope I haven't disappointed anyone in my updated commitment. I'm looking forward to a new challenge and incentive!


  1. This is a smarter way to do it, I think. If you tell yourself you can't have something, you'll want it all the more. If you allow yourself to have it, it loses its power over you. Weird, but true. You may even discover throughout this journey that you don't love dessert as much as you think you do. I went through that when I was recovering from my eating disorder. I really struggled with eating SO MUCH ICE CREAM but once I told myself that it wasn't off-limits, I didn't "need" it so much, and now I'm normal - I eat what I want when I want it, sometimes it's healthy and sometimes it's not, and I stay at a healthy weight. You've got this!

  2. You are doing great! I think this is a great idea and I think it will help you stay under your calories as a motivator to get dessert. :-) I love you, and you can do it!