It is not news to me that keeping tempting, high-sugar, high-fat foods around the house is dangerous when I'm trying to lose weight. But one thing I've realized just recently is that there are some healthy trigger foods that I'm best to just steer clear of.
Food number one is TLC's. That stands for Tasty Little Crackers (it's a brand, not just my nickname for them). The stats are good for crackers. They're organic and healthy. But if I have an open box around, it's just too easy to eat crackers instead of an apple or some carrots or something else fresh and healthy. So now I keep potato chips around, or non-flavored tortilla chips, which for me are no temptation at all.
Food number two is Think Thin protein bars. Again, stats are good. But I eat them like ... well, like candy. So having one is good, but honestly, two is way better. And that's far too many calories devoted to a manufactured food. So I've given Tim a nice supply of bars, and they are hidden from me.
Yesterday and today I managed to change my macro ratios and get more fats. So without going into boring detail, yesterday I hit a good calorie deficit while eating 2000 calories with a 53/28/19 (C/P/F) ratio. Today's numbers are dependent on if I'm having some Fiber One and low-fat vanilla soymilk before bed. WithOUT the cereal, it's 1821 calories with 46/26/28. With cereal, it's 2021 calories and 51/24/25. Decisions, decisions...
My real marathon running friend Jenny asked if it makes me crazy having to think about food all the time. At first logging the food was tedious. And sometimes you just make educated guesses about your intake, unless you only want to eat manufactured foods from packages with labels. But with time I'm learning to really love the whole process. Maybe that's because I'm losing weight that's been so resistant to budging. (Ok, so maybe I was resistant to changing my diet, but still, resistance was there!) And let's face it, when you're feeling like everything fits with ease, that's a great feeling. I even tried on my WTF suit from 2 years ago. It's the tiniest most scandalous thing you've ever seen. And even without a tan, it fit. Bottom line: when you're getting the results you want, the process becomes your friend.
On a final note, I LOVE what I do! The process of getting to know the delightful women I train (and that one special little girl, who incidentally is doing great and getting stronger!) is ... I don't even have the words to express what a privilege it is to work with them. With the sincerest of hearts, I can say I feel like I'm doing what I was MADE to do, and I'm beyond grateful for the opportunity to do it!
Still don't know about the cereal, though... :)