do what it takes. After days of anger and frustration, I turned to reflection and wanting to apply the lesson to be a better person. At some point something clicked and I realized that my commitment to losing weight, while better than nothing, hasn't been enough to get the job done. And that must be my objective. I'm forty and need to be serious about getting the pounds off.
My guiding principle will be to eliminate the foods and situations that put the pounds on in the first place. For the most part, this means eliminating the foods I cannot seem to eat in moderation. Each of us has our unique challenges. We all know smokers who can't kick the habit. I have close colleagues with serious food allergies. Somebody I know is unable to sleep normally. I have a friend who is deathly afraid of gnomes. The point is that most people can feel satiated with whatever they are eating. But for whatever reason, there are foods that I consistently overeat without feeling full. I didn't want to give them up, but when I read Lisa's post on giving up foods during the initial phase of weight loss, I knew I had to.
The following foods are BANNED until further notice...
Chips. Years ago, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Larry Bird filmed a commercial for Lay's potato chips claiming "You can't eat just one." But for me, it's not a laughing matter. I can't, so the chips must go.
Sweets. My best friend's mom used to keep a jar of chocolate chips and I had lots every visit. Not much has changed, except that I can buy my own now. Ice cream is especially dangerous.
Highly Processed Foods. Of course, chips and sweets generally fall in this category. But lots of other foods hit this catchall category. Crackers, for example. Yogurts with HFCS, too.
Pizza. Oh, this pains me. I love pizza. I'll be at the courthouse at midnight on the day it becomes legal to marry pizza. But five pieces has become the norm. Maybe someday I can start at one again.
Cereal. Theoretically, I should be OK sticking with healthy cereal. But that's the excuse I use to rationalize eating two bowls in a row. Same as with pizza, maybe someday I can go back to a single bowl. For now, none.
Soda. I don't have a lot anymore, but will get on streaks when I do. The real stuff is bad, of course, and diet just keeps me from drinking water, so they're both out.
Salt. OK, salt's not making me gain weight, but a couple of years ago I discovered the joy of granular sea salt and it's like a drug. Banned.
Sides. This applies to eating out. I'm going down to one item when eating out. In most situations, that's a reasonable caloric load. But add in an appetizer, soup, salad, bread, and/or dessert, and it's a recipe for weight gain.
So that's my plan. I'm keeping it in place until I've at least hit the 50 pound mark. Eventually, I may be able to reintroduce these items in smaller quantities. But for now, I need to do whatever it takes.