Day 3.

Yeah!  I turned 30!  I survived my birthday week of treats and dinners out and drinks.  Lots of drinks.
Sunday, December 4th came around and that was D Day.  Diet Day.  And I hate even saying that I'm "on a diet."  It's cliche and suggests that this is short-term and going to fail.  Isn't that what they say?  Diets fail.  It's about lifestyle.  Hell, I'm in the health and wellness industry, and I even know that!  I should support that mentality - it supports my bank account!
So in the 3 steps of the Mayo Clinic Diet, I am in Step One:  Lose It!  It involves setting a weight loss goal, setting a realistic time line and expectations, learning about appropriate portion sizes and such.  Those are the "technical" elements.
My focus is on the 5 habits that I’m supposed to learn in these two weeks and 5 habits I’m supposed to break.  There are even BONUS habits to learn, which are mostly just increasing the original five.  They’re not extra, just on steroids.

The goals are simple and very intuitive:
¨     Eat a healthy breakfast (in my case = EAT breakfast)
¨     Eat fruits and vegetables (no, wine does not count as a fruit)
¨     Eat whole grains (no, beer is not a whole grain)
¨     Eat healthy fats (oddly, these are not found in my fried treats at happy hours)
¨     MOVE! (minimum of 30 minutes a day; with Optum as my employer, the exercised is encouraged and part of our “goals” so this shouldn’t be too tricky)

Habits to break:
¨     No TV while eating (but Top Chef just isn’t the same without a cheese stick and Doritos!)
¨     No sugar (difficult around the holidays, but I think I can manage.  And no, Mayo Clinic, fruit does not substitute for chocolate.  I don’t care how fresh it is.
¨     No snacks (what the crap?  Aren’t you supposed to snack in between meals to keep up your metabolism?  Turns out, they’re talking about “snack foods” – here’s where they try to trick you into eating more fruits and veggies.  Again an apple DOES NOT EQUAL a Snickers bar.  Stay strong.)
¨     Moderate meat and low-fat dairy (I was raised with the mentality that your meal was:  meat, veggie and starch.  And a big glass of milk.  Hmmm…)
¨     No eating at restaurants (AHHH!)

I’m managing to track my eating, I'm drinking more water (what are my other options, if I can’t have WINE at night!?) and Nate and I are not eating out. 

I have a confession.  On day 2, I had a slip.  We hired two new people to my team, and there was a welcome lunch for them at Bacio.  I couldn’t say no.  I did, however, manage to avoid the bread bowl, dessert and got myself a salad with salmon.  Light protein and good fats, veggies and low on the carbs.   I’m not perfect at this – but I am TRYING to make good choices if I can’t make PERFECT ones.

I also managed to make myself a GREEN MONSTER smoothie for breakfast on my way out the door.  I know there are million options out there.  Mine had:
¨     Big handful of spinach (I promise, you can’t taste anything)
¨     Frozen berries, about ½ cup
¨     ½ banana
¨     1 spoonful of 0% fat Greek yogurt
¨     Splash of skim milk

Thank you Magic Bullet blender – love those info-mercials.  I even made it easier on myself by trying to portion out the spinach and fruit into baggies.  Sounds geeky and putsy, but it has helped eliminate that “no time” excuse that I often have.  One baggie, another baggie, scoop, splash, cut, blend for 5 seconds and you’re done.

Long story, short – I’m trying.  I’m resisting the urge to snack right now as I type this in front of the Gopher Basketball game.  I’m drinking water instead of wine.  I’ve walked a lot at work and once it gets above freezing, we may actually get one of those family walks in.

Small steps.  And I’m reminding myself that even if I do slip, I haven’t fallen off the cliff.  Just try again tomorrow.

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