Success. Success means different things to different people. I guess I measure success for myself as a sense of accomplishment and possibly the feeling of pride for accomplishing certain things. Even when I am not aware ahead of time what those things are.
My success this week has been to stay in my macros and keep my blood sugar down. I also had success in sleeping last night. I did have to seek out help to succeed that though. I attempted to succeed at sleeping on my own but it wasn't happening and after several weeks, one NEEDS sleep.
I do my best to set myself up for success. I have set up a weeks worth of meals and will grocery shop for those meals only. I have enough odds and ends around here for a treat or fill in that will still keep me on track that I don't need to pick up anything else. I feel success in even thinking this way!
I have formed new habits for weekly and even daily routines on how I handle food. I have set my macros but in my mind I have a healthy window of leeway to give myself so I am able to go over those macros yet not feel bad and punish myself. I have also realized if I lighten up on tracking on Saturday and Sunday then I eat on track the things that are okay for me to eat, but allow myself to eat more. Not over eat but if I did not take this approach I would over eat because I would feel that it was being kept from me and it would make me want it more. I may go over my macros but I am staying in that window that allows me to not feel bad.
I am feeling pretty good, secure and motivated to eat on track. I think this is because of the boundaries I have set for myself. They feel reasonable and realistic for myself. I physically feel good and believe I will be lowering my insulin units again on Monday next week another 10 units.
I had been using Fridays to prep either a low carb treat or low carb muffin batch to enjoy over the weekend. I won't eat these things over the week but I will enjoy one serving on both Saturday and Sunday. I share them with my family so I don't have them sitting around the house all week and tempt me. I will only make one batch at a time and only one choice at a time. That way it really feels indulgent and special to me.
Fridays I also try to take a day off of cooking dinner for everyone. I need and deserve a break too! So, I will either have something on hand that is fast and easy that anyone can heat up or make or I will order something to be picked up. Making sure I stay on track!
I need to work on my water in take and my sleep. Both of these have been difficult for me. I can do the water. I am not too worried about succeeding at that. Sleep...that has always been a difficult issue for me all my life. I have managed to train myself to fall asleep most of the time. I sometimes can get myself to nap but not always. And staying asleep all night is a major accomplishment. I rarely sleep in and if I do I know I needed it badly! I am always the last to bed and first one up. It annoys me quite frankly. Especially when I am tired and want to sleep so badly and am not able to. I HAVE come a very long way with my sleeping habits though! I do give myself credit in the success I have had in this subject but I also realistically know I have a lot of work to do too!
I celebrated my success this week by doing my own nails. I like to have nice nails but usually am natural. Maybe next week I will reward myself with new toe nail polish since I only did my fingers this week. I could do that or play with my hair color. Just some simple sprucing up to make things more fun, alive and vibrant. I am a very natural down to earth kind of gal, old fashioned too lol. So rewarding myself this way is just for fun.
My husband and I have discussed our Valentine's Day meal. We talked about being off track and ordering pasta in. But the things we wanted I can make low carb so that is precisely what I will do! So, fettuccini Alfredo with low carb noodles ( maybe palm heart noodles) and low carb garlic bread. We have chocolate from Choc Zero so that can be our treat for that day. Maybe we will have broccoli on the side. That sounds good! I am excited for that.
My two week dinner plan consists of these meals as the base:
Eggs any way- maybe Greek fratatta
Beef with mushrooms, broccoli and radishes in gravy
Sub in a tub
Burger in a bowl
BLT on low carb bread
Low carb tortilla pizza
Eggroll in a bowl
Taverns/ loose meat sammies on low carb buns
Chili cheese turkey dog low carb tortilla bake
I think that is more meals than I will make but I have a plan and that is what matters. Other meals like breakfast and lunch will be stuff we already have around the house like low carb bagels, cheese, nuts, biltong, jerky, .... just stuff. We usually either do OMAD or pick at things if we feel hungry. Weekend breakfast is usually something low carb but not something we would eat during the week. Something that takes time or effort in putting together. I ran out of eggs today and I noticed yesterday when I went out that the store did not have any in. So it will have to wait until Sunday when I do the big grocery haul.
The future is promising and in my control. As far as eating goes. And I will take that train of thought as a win.