Discovery of the day: What would it take?

So I've been wondering, what would it take to break my current setpoint and lose another 5 (10?) lbs? I'm not complaining, mind you. I'm down about 15 lbs from when I started nine months ago and I'm very happy about that, but I wonder how much change would be required to get to the next level. That would be a weight I haven't seen in well over 15 years.

I know I've gotten pretty complacent with my eating habits. I'm eating a lot more grains these days -- a serving or two just about every day -- but I really don't think I'm overdoing that. I am eating a fair amount of peanut butter. I could probably examine that. I'm adding a generous amount of vanilla Silk and sugar to my vat of morning decaf, sometimes followed up with another 12 oz cup at noon. I eat dessert on a semi-regular basis, usually a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich. Afternoons at work are a snack minefield (often including more peanut butter), especially when it's slow.

Weekends I usually allow myself to slack a little, averaging only one BAS over the two days. We usually go out for a meal at some point, although I do try to limit it to one per weekend. Sometimes I'm successful.

Yeah, there are things I could do, if I really wanted to break on through to the other side. But do I? And if I did, could I maintain it? I guess that's the more important question.

Starting a concerted effort as holiday season approaches is probably not wise, but it might bear looking at again next spring.

1 comment:

Sara said...

One thing I noticed, when I gave up all dairy (especially cheese) my sweet tooth decreased - and I know you've seen the blog..there's no shortage of sweets, so you can only imagine how bad it was before. But I've also noticed that if I have a small bite or two of rich, dark chocolate (vegan, naturally) each day, it helps keep my sweet tooth in check. This has helped me drop those last annoying 5ish pounds. With a satisfied sweet tooth - and knowing I'm gonna get a piece every day - really helped the "rebellious" binge eating on sweets.