Saturday, March 17, 2007

Procrastination and Skipping Dinner

Why can’t I focus on more than one thing at a time?

I’m totally procrastinating on my special project, and I think I’m using my weight loss efforts as a way to procrastinate. It’s always something. If it weren’t that then it would be snacking, so this way is better. I’m trying to set a timer so that I only spend an hour a day online doing non-school stuff. It hasn’t worked so far.

Counting calories is going well, now that I track them on-line. I can save previously entered food, so I can use it another time. Additionally, it’s much more fun to do it on line. Looks organized and creates graphs.

Now that I track calories, I know when I eat too much. Last Tuesday, my internship had a big potluck, and I ate a lot! I felt full, but I also thought that it would still be okay. Calorie-wise that is. Well, I was wrong. When I went home to record my calories, I discovered that I went over, and I haven’t eaten dinner yet! So I thought to eat a small dinner, so that the damage wouldn’t be so bad… Then another thought hit me. Can I skip dinner? I’ve seen people do it before. A friend, sister, cousin, husband says, “I ate a big lunch and ended up not eating dinner”. And they were okay. A part of me was afraid I would crash. I still had to co-facilitate a support group, so that means I will be separated from food for about 3 hours! with no opportunity to get to my snacks. Can I do it? I decided to “test” it out. If all didn’t go well, then I would know better next time. If the co-facilitator or members noticed I was looking famish, I can just tell them what I have heard others say, “I ate a big lunch and I didn’t eat dinner”. And you know what. I was okay. I didn’t crash and I wasn’t famished. I just felt mildly empty by the middle of the group, and that was okay.

What is the moral of this story?

Trust the BMR. Those scientists know what they’re talking about.


TrixieBelden said...

I think you are right to listen to yourself and pay attention to the cues your body is giving you. That said, I would warn against skipping meals. Your body needs to have regular feedings to keep up your energy. At the very least, have some vegetables or fruit. I often have a cup of frozen vegetables defrosted in the microwave for dinner. I, of course, pair that with a piece of chicken. But, if you truly aren't very hungry, veggies go a long way to curb your slight cravings.

Just make sure you are taking care of yourself!

Lily T said...

You might be right trixiebelden. I don't know why but I always assumed a meal is not a meal unless it consist of a protein/carb combination. I think eating some vegetables could have been enough to sustain me throughout the group.

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