I was reading my monthly Woman & Home magazine this week (Feb edition) and read, as always, Karren Brady’s column.
Karren talked about how she is extremely well organised, disciplined, focussed and determined in her professional business life, but how when it comes to food, she has very little will power. This really struck a cord with me as I am also completely disciplined, determined and organised in my business life, but when it comes to food and eating …. forget it.
Like Karren I always start out with all the best intentions – I’ll go to a restaurant determined just have a sensible low calorie main course (which I usually manage to order so start off feeling good about my choices) but then it often goes downhill from there. I spend the entire time eating my carefully chosen low calorie meal and picking at the side dish of chips that my husband has ordered for himself!!!!! Then when it comes to the dessert menu and I glance at what’s on offer I just can’t resist even though I told myself I wouldn’t have a pud! Thankfully I don’t eat out much these days and at home I don’t buy the sort of yummy puddings that are on offer in a restaurant (much to my children’s annoyance).
So I’ve been giving some thought as to why I might be ‘giving in’ so quickly to temptation when I eat out in particular, and why I intend to eat sensibly then go over the top and overeat!
Could it be:
1. I’m not as hungry as I think but thirsty instead? So next time I’m out for dinner I will have a large glass of water before I start eating to see if this makes a difference.
2. I’m trying too hard to be healthy? Perhaps because I go into the restaurant with the mind-set that I have to eat healthily it back fires. Maybe I should choose wisely from the menu but not deny myself.
3. Perhaps I should have one day off my healthy eating regime each week? Maybe if I knew I was allowed a treat once a week I wouldn’t feel so guilty knowing I’m in control 6 out of 7 days.
This weekend the children are busy with friends and at sleepovers. So, my husband and I have decided to have a meal out either on Saturday or Sunday lunchtime. I’m going to enjoy myself, not deny myself and bear in mind my 3 little tips. I will let you know how I get on.
Oh, and by the way, whilst I’ve still not lost any more weight, I have lost 7 pounds in total so far and I need to keep this in the forefront of my mind as it is a positive step in the right direction!