This Week: -0.4 pounds
Total Loss: 22.2 pounds
You know what’s weird? Of all the plans I’ve tried, this one has scared me the most. I actually experienced some anxiety – what would I do if I couldn’t read or watch TV while eating? I never eat alone with my thoughts.
Here are some examples of how the week played out.
Monday lunch. When I don’t have a lunch date on workdays, I always read while eating – email, an article, something on my BlackBerry – anything to make maximum use of the time (or so I deceive myself). Instead, I invited a coworker to lunch. She is an amazing mom to a disabled adult daughter and we had a great conversation about that. (Shannon thinks being a little less connected to my BlackBerry and a little more social is a good thing.)
Monday dinner. Now this was creative. I’m in crunch time at work (yet again) and had a deal in place with Shannon to work Monday night. Every other time this happens, I’d go to a restaurant and read. This time, though, I drove to our friend’s son’s Little League all-star game and ate dinner in the stands.
Tuesday breakfast. I had Trader Joe’s High Fiber O’s cereal. The TV would normally be on, but we left it off. With nothing to distract me and the house pianissimo quiet, I couldn’t believe how loud the crunching of the cereal was. This is my favorite cereal and I had never noticed that. (And get this...As I was eating, I grabbed my BlackBerry from its charger to put it with my work stuff and instinctively began reading an email that had arrived overnight – literally unaware that I was doing it. Shannon busted me. It was like sleepwalking. Weird.)
Tuesday night. Gosh, this post is getting long already, but these experiences have been fascinating to me! I went to the Mariners game Tuesday night and didn’t eat at the ballpark, so I had a snack when I got home. Shannon was in bed already. Again, I was alone with my thoughts. I stood awkwardly in kitchen, and couldn’t wait to finish what I was eating so I could go on-line. I guarantee you without the “No TV/Reading” rule I’d have had three more items as I read on the web or watched TV.
I have examples from the rest of the week, but you get the idea. I thought my weight loss would have been greater, but when I did eat, I ate out several times, and Father’s Day was a party, and I had dessert, etc. No question in my mind though, “No TV/Reading” while eating is a powerful tool, and I’m looking forward to seeing the two week total.
By the way, my bike got its first flat tire yesterday! Must be doing something right! ;-)