Today is a soap box post. I’ve touched on this subject before but I feel it bears repeating especially as we march towards the holiday season.
Let me be up front, I don’t want to start over losing weight anymore. Been there, done that way too many times.
Let’s be real though, for those of us who try to eat healthy and for those who are actively trying to lose weight, this is often the toughest time of year to navigate. There is temptation everywhere, seemingly every day. There are parties, luncheons, and everyone seems to be baking! The struggle is real.
Heck, earlier this month, I returned to Crossfit after two months off due to surgery and stomach issues. Let me tell you, starting over was so much worse than I could imagine. But, I did it. I cried one day because I was frustrated with how far back I slid. Yet, each day I go, I’m one day closer to being back where I was. I’m making progress.
Starting over requires an attitude adjustment. Instead of looking at things as “I’ve slid so far back, I’m such a failure,” or “Why keep trying?”
Each day we make progress is one day closer to our goals. Each meal that we consume within the guidelines we’ve set for ourselves is one step forward. It’s not a race and it’s not even a marathon. It’s our life. And each day we get to start over! We get a new beginning, a fresh slate. Every. Single. Day.
Don’t Make it All or Nothing
Many people have a tendency to take an all or nothing attitude towards eating healthy, losing weight, exercising. Heck, I do it. I did it yesterday. I ate fantastic…except I made myself finish my work for the day before I got lunch. Big mistake. I crossed the threshold from hungry to hangry. I made my lunch, super healthy, exactly what I’d planned. Yet, I’d waited too long and was still STARVING. And immediately got irritated. So, when Dan got home, we went and got dessert (clearly, he’s not hard to convince to eat sweets…we really are a terrible pair at times). My dinner was spot on perfect, just as planned. Yet, I sent a text to my two best friends that I was irritated at myself for blowing it.
Say what? How did I blow it? I ate sweets and my goal is to cut down dramatically on junk food. Yet, my breakfast, lunch, AND dinner were flawless. AND I went to the gym. So, one slip up in otherwise a positive day isn’t blowing it. Even I need to change my attitude. 130 pounds gone, and I still struggle with being kind to myself.
But, going forward into this holiday season, try to be kind to yourself and come up with a game plan!
Ideas to Keep Going
Here are 7 ideas that I have going forward that I’m going to try and implement into my own life as we enter the season of indulgence:
- Stay hydrated – With cooler weather upon us, it’s not as easy to get in enough water. Each time I get up, or every hour on the hour I’m drinking an 8 oz. glass of water.
- Plan my meals and write them down the night before. When I know what I’m eating each meal, my life is much easier. I am WAY more apt to stick to what I’ve written.
- Don’t ignore hunger – I’m not a pleasant person when I’m over hungry. This is fact. Ask anyone who knows me and has been around me when I’m starving. So, If I’m hungry, I need to eat.
- Have healthy snacks ready – Following number 2 and 3, I need to have some fruit and veggies ready to eat. I have a list of healthy snacks to choose from as well if I want something else. I stick to these snacks only and I make sure they’re stocked in my house.
- Allow junk food – When we are at social events or holiday parties, I will partake in food and drink, all of it. I’m allowing myself to enjoy the event. I will still look for healthy food but pare it with a small side of sugary goodness. I need to make sure my sweet treats are worth it, not settling for subpar sweets. Make sure the treats count.
- Exercise – Getting back into a workout habit is paramount! My goal is to get back to five days a week, but with the intensity of Crossfit, I am at three days right now.
- Sleep – Now that I’m back to the gym at 6am, I need to make sure I get enough sleep. I also get crabby and want to eat all day if I’m over tired. With holiday planning and stress, getting enough sleep is paramount. I will make this a priority.
Are there other things I could add to this list? Oh yeah! But, I realize that I will have enough on my plate without becoming overwhelmed with trying to remain healthy.
Every day I get a fresh start, a chance for a redo, a chance to put one foot in front of the other. We don’t need perfection in our everyday lives, we need improvement.