I've been feeling overwhelmed as of late. I've had a lot on my plate (while trying to have less on my dinner plate) recently. Whenever this has happened in the past, I've coped by eating. I'm trying very hard not to make the same mistake this time. Then there's my inner critic; a voice in my head telling me I'm never going to make my goal. My inner critic knows when I'm feeling most vulnerable and knows exactly when to strike. He always leaves me with a sinking, defeated feeling.
In order to succeed I need to push myself out of my comfort zone. This is always a challenge. There's a reason I weighed over 300 pounds a year ago, I don't like to be challenged. Why? Because I'm afraid I will fail.
I'm also afraid to make sacrifices. I need to start by making snackrifices (I'm hilarious) and really watch my intake. I've already given my weight loss journey a large amount of my time. I need to make sure that time wasn't wasted (waisted?) While I don't need to give up the foods I love, I have to cut way back on the unhealthy ones. I don't think that's completely gotten through my thick skull yet. I'm working at it, but eating right is something that pushes me way outside my comfort zone.
I should start a list of things I should probably do without. One of these things is second helpings. I try to stay away from buffets because they always end in disaster. A friend of mine recently gave me a really good tip to help with buffets and family style eating. Only go up once. Fill your plate and then be done. How many times have you eaten at a buffet and thought afterward, "I'm so glad I went up for a second helping"? Never. I always regret stuffing my face at a buffet. I'd be willing to bet you do first. I should probably do without second helpings in general. Eat until you're no longer hungry, not until you're full.