Looking forward to seeing what progress LadyM made over January.
The scales have not been kind to me (or visa versa). When I stopped doing WW, I gained 6 lbs within 2 weeks.
Giving up sugar (real & fake), flour and corn is showing progress in the way I feel. My primary reason for doing this is not to lose weight (although I hope that is a side effect). I am tired of food controlling my life. Since giving up fake sugar (stevia) I can tell a HUGE difference in my cravings & binges. They have disappeared. It is WEIRD. Ya'll would not believe how bad the cravings used to be. Will they come back? Don't know. They only way to find out is to keep on and test it. I'm just thankful to reach this point and get some relief from them.
But everything isn't rosy. Today I didn't follow my planned food. I am not for sure exactly why not. I packed my food and took it with me when DH and I went out. We ate at a Chinese buffet and I thought I could eat there without a problem. But once I got there I decided there was food that fit my requirements so I ate there instead of eating the food I brought from home. I got green beans, zucchini, mushrooms and chicken. After I got it in front of me, I didn't want to eat it. My prepared food from home tastes so much better (no brag just fact).
I prepared Hot Dogs and homemade chili for DS9 and DGD6 dinner tonight. Most every day I prepare meals for DH and kids that I don't eat and it typically doesn't bother me. I guess because I had already baled from my planned food, then it was easy to do it again. I ate a couple hot dogs weiners instead of my planned food. Why? I don't know. I did not violated my no sugar/flour/corn rule but still, I felt disappointed in myself for not eating my planned food. I hope this regret helps me in decision making in the future. My planned food is good and fills me up. I miss it when I don't eat it. I guess that is a good sign.
I have a plastic shoebox type container in the refrigerator. When I weigh/measure my food I put it into that container to keep it all together. I don't care of others eat it but it is already weighed/measured in the portions that I eat. We have a bigger plastic container in the refrigerator that holds the food for DH and the kids. They like to eat their own version of a portion size so they don't mess with mine.
I prepare & weigh my salads. DH and kids eat some out of my weighed baggies of salad. I don't say anything to them because they don't realize it. I just make sure to prepare plenty so there is enough for me and them. I usually prepare 6 baggies of salad every other day. It seems to work out okay most of the time.
Time is precious. Waste it wisely.