My last seven Easters worked out like this:
After getting “back on track” after Christmas was over (aka: dieting hard), Easter would arrive and I would respond to ALL THE DELICIOUSNESS by eating everything my eyes feasted on. Basically, I would conduct a gorge fest of epic proportions. In fact, in 2012, I had to excuse myself to the ladies room to unzip my dress to allow my stomach to expand a little only to discover the misfortune of not being able to zip my dress back up! (This happened twice during the meal) We drove home with me moaning miserably about my terrible stomach ache followed by me basically vomiting as soon as I got home. Yep, that was my typical Easter from 2007 to 2013.
Now, however, I am proud to say: Not this year!
Since I started drinking copious amounts of water two (three?) months ago, my appetite slowly has shrunk and my mind/attitude towards food changed in a more healthful way as well. I can eat a delicious meal, feel my signals of satiety, and actually stop eating before cleaning my plate. Conversely, because I am so hydrated almost all the time, I actually know when I’m hungry now, instead of eating to hydrate. And when the idea of a spectacular meal comes my way, I do experience the desire to eat it; I just do not have the desire to eat all of it beyond feeling full. I understand these things to reflect on how a body actually works, I just haven’t experienced it in so many years.
So anyway! About today, I woke up committing myself to a more healthful Easter. Here was my plan and how it worked out:
- Plan: Eat a healthy breakfast – not too big or rich, just enough to not arrive hungry at brunch
Result: Done! I was hungry when I arrived at brunch, but not starving.
- Plan: Drink an entire glass of water before the meal
Result: I drank 16.9 ounces in the car and then two full goblets before the meal and another goblet after the meal
- Plan: Get a veggie on my plate!
Result: Steamed broccolini
- Plan: Eat a little bit of everything
Result: Boy did I!
- Plan: Chew and savor the flavors
Result: Yes and yes
- Plan: Leave enough on my plate for lunch tomorrow
Result: I left enough for a biggish lunch tomorrow
The only thing I left out that I would have otherwise was workout. But whatchoogonnado with a hurt calf? 😦
All in all, it was a good holiday. I didn’t totally overdo it and I stuffed myself enough with water so that I didn’t even want dessert. I would call this mission success. 🙂
- Coffee: 12 oz
- Silk vanilla soy creamer: 1.5 tbsp
- Water: 101.4 oz (12.7 glasses) – this is a rough estimate
- 3/4 cup Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
- 1 banana
- 30g Special K Vanilla Almond cereal
- Bread with butter
- Prime rib with au jus
- Mashed potatoes with gravy
- Yorkshire pudding
- Cereal with almond milk