"Don't EVEN start."
That's what I told myself last night around 10 p.m.
And it sorta worked.
But what part of "Don't EVEN" do I not understand?
Was I hungry? No. I really wasn't. I ate a big ol' grilled chicken salad with black beans and corn at Bokamper's, plus three french fries from my kid's plate.
But I was still following my old nighttime pattern, one I really want to break.
After a few weeks of avoiding the scale and surrounding myself with diet books, I came to the realization that it's not WHAT I eat, it's WHEN, and the big WHEN problem is after dinner.
When I found myself in the kitchen, staring into the refrigerator, I gave myself the choice: "Pick whatever produce you want," so I went for the fruit.
But not even starting should make things even easier. When I say "Nope -- done eating for the day," I won't have to make deals with myself.
I'm going to see whether simply not eating after dinner makes a difference on the scale.
(Spoiler alert: It will.)
Another thing that will help is me going to bed earlier, something that I have great trouble doing because I am a petulant baby. I WANNA WATCH THE TEEVEE!
Last night I went to bed at midnight, which is much better than I have been doing all summer. I plan on winding that back to around 11:30 tonight, and perhaps I'll keep going 'til I hit 11.
And exercise? Don't ask.
My left heel is a freaking mess. I've had a cranky achilles for awhile now, and lately it's been really bugging me so I saw the doc and got an X-ray. My left ankle/heel area is a garbage dump of inflammation, heel spurs, and thickened tendons, all converging in a big house of pain at the insertion point. It's called insertional achilles tendinitis, and the good news is I start physical therapy on Wednesday.
This better work.