Sunday Funday: Week 5 Review

Five weeks into the program — about 10% done! — and I feel like things are just starting to click into place for me. Late this week, I finally had enough of feeling like I was “gaming the system” by eating crap but just eating it slowly and not being over-stuffed (“I’m following the rules!”).  Made the decision to stay away from the crappiest of the crap — the low-hanging chocolate bars, so to speak — and concentrate on putting more whole foods into my body.

And that’s sparked a renaissance of sorts for me — it’s like I flipped a switch and all of a sudden eating pizza and candy and ice cream isn’t who I am.  Aha!  It’s that whole “identity” thing creeping up on me, methinks!  I don’t suspect that I’m cured now, but this mindset will make it easier to git’r’done.  I’m happy to report that I did all my grocery shopping for the week and I managed to steer clear of most of the treats that I usually buy for myself.

With that, here’s a rundown of my week:

Finally some progress!  Weight is remaining pretty stubborn, but the more-important measurements are improving.  his makes me pretty dang happy.  It’s not much, but it’s enough to keep me plugging away at this.

This is still going well. Training is part of my identity, so when I wasn’t doing it, I felt like a fraud.  It feels great to be hitting it 5x/week.  From now until the end of time (well, the end of Precision Nutrition time, I suppose), the weekly template will be 3 strength sessions, 2 interval sessions, 1 active recovery day and 1 rest day.  Totally doable.  And I can’t wait to start increasing my run distance/pace, too — I’m not yet feeling like a runner, but I certainly *am* a runner.

This week was the introduction of the second cornerstone habit:  to stop eating when I’m 80% full. I’ve struggled to wrap my mind around this one.  I mean, what’s 80%?  How do you measure that?  For my black and white mathematical brain, this proved a challenge. What turned this around for me was learning to use the hunger scale instead — a 1 to 10 scale of hunger, where you eat when you’re around a 2-3 and stop eating when you’re at a level 7-8.  For whatever reason, this was much easier for me to grasp.  Since implementing this, I think I’ve made good progress with this habit though it’s still very much a work in progress.

The problem with having a dog and only eating until 80% full

Habit Log:
Weeks 1-2: Fish oil and probiotic
Weeks 3-4: Eating slowly

Week 5:  Stop eating at 80% full

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