I will be the first to admit that I have not been perfect on this diet...far from it. But I weighed myself today for the first time in a few weeks, and I'm down six pounds! Apparently "policing" myself is working, for the most part. By that I mean that most meals I'm consciously thinking about what I'm putting in my mouth, and making good choices more often than not.
Here's an example: last Friday at work, a woman (heretofore known as "cakelady") brought in a red velvet cake with chocolate frosting...all homemade, of course. The cake spent several hours on a table behind my desk, and my thinking process went from not going to touch it, to dang, that smells good, to when is that cake going to go home, to why don't I have a taste of what I really want (frosting). And that's what I ultimately did - got a forkful of the wonderfully homemade chocolate frosting, enjoyed it, and was done. Of course, cakelady saw me do this and said "why don't you get yourself a nice big piece of that cake?" but Hah! Not today, cakelady! It helped my motivation (and I admit that this is a bit meanspirited) that cakelady had been losing weight before I started my diet, but she gained it ALL back over the summer - sadly for her, she is an example of what I don't want to do. I'm trying to learn not only from my past failed diets, but others' as well.
Last night we had the usual for dinner - grilled Jenni-O Turkey sausage, couscous, and tons of grilled zucchini, summer squash, mushrooms and onions. I was so full after dinner and started feeling bad that I'd overeaten (and obviously I did, to be feeling that full), but then I realized it was mostly veggies that put me over the edge, which is a far cry from the days of eating tons of garlic bread or something else so filling with my meal.