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As I went to Scale Junkie‘s blog to check in on the Healthy You Challenge, I was struck by she’d written:

My goal for this week is to NOT dwell on the past, but to live in the present, while being mindful of future needs.

Not dwelling, living in the here and now, and keeping the future in mind is exactly what I’ve been thinking about for a couple of days now.  Specifically in terms of my eating program.

I’ve been doing fantastic on the high protein/low carb plan (Premier Nutrition shakes and bars + Lean and Green dinner) during the week, but on the weekends I’m struggling. This past weekend I stayed within my calorie goals, but I ate lots of junk. Too many carbs, too much processed food, or just food that doesn’t have a lot of nutritional value. (TOM was here).  It’s like I see the weekend as a free-for-all, and it has to stop. It’s like a mini yo-yo diet every single week, and while some might say it’s good because it keeps my body guessing, it’s not worth the mental anguish of seeing the scale go back and forth.

The simple solution would be to eat the way I do during the week all the time. I’d be sure to lose weight, a fact that MyFitnessPal confirmed on Monday night after I’d entered in my daily totals food, water, and exercise:

(I should mention that I burned 600 calories on the elliptical at the gym and then 183 more taking Sofi for a walk, which is more than a normal weekday).

Which means that I’d be 5 lbs from my pre-op goal weight by October 17th.  It’s SOOOOO tempting for me to just stick with the bars/shakes/lean & green every day until I get to that weight. I’m really torn about what to do.

  1. On the one hand, I know that it would be difficult to have any sort of a social life if I stuck to the b/s/lg every single day (although I could go out for the lean and green meal).  Eating so restrictively might also send me into binge mode, which would set me back. Then again, knowing that it’s only for 5-6 more weeks would really keep me going.
  2. On the other hand, I can’t keep going down during the week (while I’m strict) and up on the weekend (while I’m indulging)every week, otherwise I’m just spinning my wheels.
  3. Maybe there’s a third option that would still get me to the goal fairly quickly.  Maybe I can forget the 1200/1500 weekend days and just follow Phase 2 of SBD on the weekends.  By which I mean, eating plenty of healthy, whole foods, and eating grains, but limiting them to one meal a day.

I have to be honest, a HUGE part of me is just leaning to #1.  Since I am an all or nothing type of person, the b/s/lg works for me.  I know what I can have and what I can’t have.  And I can stick to it pretty well.  It’s when I start eating more carby grains that I get into trouble – eating carbs makes me want to eat more carbs.  So true!

Give my situation and my goal, what would you do – #1, #2, or #3?

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