When I decided to commit to losing my post pregnancy weight, there were two things that I knew that I needed to focus on, changing my eating habits and increasing my physical activities.
I am trying to be disciplined about my eating, but coming off the holiday season it has not been easy. To stick with my plan, I am eating about every 3 hours each day. In the morning, I have my coffee (something that I just cannot give up) and with it, the evil flavored creamer. I use one tablespoon a day and that is my daily treat.
For breakfast, I have a protein smoothie and it is usually in the car as I drive my kids to school. This may not be the ideal breakfast for everyone but it is a big improvement from my prior breakfast of a Starbucks grande latte and a muffin or coffee and nothing else.
Since I am usually out around 10:00 when my hunger hits again, I make it a habit to carry a piece of fruit and raw nuts (almonds, walnuts or cashews). For lunch and dinner, I concentrate on having lean meat with fresh fruits and raw vegetables. I have another snack mid-afternoon. I am careful to have protein with EVERY meal or snack. If I do not, then the classic weight loss mistake can easily occur.
It was yesterday morning that I had my typical breakfast of coffee and a protein smoothie. As my busy day moved forward, I did not take the time to have a healthy mid-morning snack. Besides, I really wasn’t hungry and it would be helpful to save the calories if I didn’t need to eat, right. No, very wrong. When I didn’t stock my body with fruit and protein during snack time, it made me very vulnerable at lunch time when all kinds of tempting food was near.
As I made my boys their lunches, I eyed the salami and fresh crusty loaf of bread from the bakery. My mouth began to water and my stomach growled as I built their perfect little sandwiches and carefully arranged baby carrots and strawberries on their plates. There was only one corner left on the square plates and that was reserved for the Doritos. I opened the bag and reached in for a handful for each plate. The nacho cheese smell drifted up to my nose as the cheesy dust clung to my fingers.