So I'm a week into my newfound plan to get myself in good shape for my appointment with the surgeon for my hip replacement, and I cannot say that I've covered myself in glory. I have these wonderful days, eating well and keeping everything under control (for the most part), but as the day goes on, my ability to keep that under control just wanes. I think the worst thing is that I am not eating unconsciously, I know exactly what I am doing. I know that one of the "tricks" to control this kind of eating is to ask yourself, "do you really want this?" So I do ask, and invariably, the answer is "YES!!!" Not exactly the right answer, and obviously, that little trick is not going to be successful for me
So I do believe that, at least for a little while, I need to go into avoidance mode. This has been successful for me in the past: eat dinner, clean up, and head upstairs, away from the kitchen and therefore the food. I know this is not a long term strategy for success, but sometimes, once I get going, that night eating habit is a bit more in the rear view mirror and I gain more control over it.
Another thing I've thought about is to find a craft to keep me occupied. I am not very crafty, but if I could find something to keep my mind and hands busy, the distraction might work. I have tried to learn how to knit, and though I probably didn't give it enough of a chance, I do know I'd need someone to teach me. I also tried needlepoint, that's a bit too tedious for me. Years ago I did latch hook, but honestly, it doesn't interest me. My cousin and I have been talking about finding a crocheting class, so that is possible, or I was even thinking about making Christmas ornaments or jewelry, or something like that. I know those things can also be tedious, but I'm more inclined to working with tools than trying to unravel tiny pieces of thread from equally tiny pieces of thread! But that kind of activity would require more of a work area than the crocheting would, so that is something to consider.
Boy, you just never know where the blog is going to take you, do you? Such an adventure to sit down and let the keyboard take control.. It's not usually profound, but it's usually interesting and somehow, instructive to me to see where I end up. Hopefully it will spur some action sooner than later, that is always the goal, though not always the goal reached.