“That’s what our training is for, we practice not panicking, we practice breathing, we practice looking directly at the thing that scares us until we stop flinching, we practice overriding our Can’t.” Kristin Armstrong
This also applies to your healthy lifestyle. Most of life is training. Those mundane meals where you eat healthy, don’t stuff yourself, and turn down a simple piece of candy set you up for SUCCESS during you “holiday race.”
Many of you found out on Thanksgiving you CAN enjoy Mama’s pecan pie, grandma’s stuffing and your Dad’s fried turkey without eating everything in site, feeling sick from stuffing yourself, etc. All those practice meals paid off for you. You are waking up today with happy memories where you enjoyed what you WANTED; not over ate in panic because you had to get back to dieting today.
If you did eat too much it’s OK because you can take the nugget and figure out if it was what you wanted or if you need to fine tune the training a bit so you improve your next gathering!
I try to think of my daily decisions as the ones that lay the groundwork for being able to enjoy loads of treats. People ask me all the time how do I keep my weight off AND drink, travel, and do date nights regularly. It’s EASY. I don’t deprive myself but I don’t slack on myself either.
Each person as they lose weight will find what works for them. I’m not saying my way is the BEST way or the ONLY way, but here’s what I know works for me. If it helps you to mimic it then GREAT. Just make sure that if you follow in footsteps you are willing to TWEAK my plan to fit you. Maybe only 80% of what I do works for you and that’s OK! It doesn’t mean you are a failure. It simply means you are UNIQUE and need to fix things to suit your lifestyle.
What Works For Me
Journal – I still journal my food. Every now and then I take a sanity break, but I don’t stray far away from it. I use Loseit.com’s app on my phone because it’s quick and easy. Journaling my food might take me three whole minutes a day. I got time to dedicate to make sure I know what’s going in, if I’m eating too much, too little, or slacking on my healthy vegetables. I don’t obsess over my numbers either. I just plug away according to how I feel and how hungry I am.
Food Prep – I do this every week. Some weeks it’s huge and some weeks it total convenience stuff that’s quick and easy. I plan a prep based on how much time I have to get things ready and typically I do mine on Sunday. It’s a part of my weekly schedule and it’s non-negotiable. Not only do I prep MY food but also my husband and son’s food. The first few years I only did mine and would make them dinner. Now, I’ve found all kinds of things we all eat and so I make enough for us all! Saves me time and ensures they are eating healthy just like me!
Fun Food – I don’t eat 100% clean. People always think my food is perfect. NO! I PREP and PLAN daily treats, food that is tasty, and food that fulfills me so I’m not tempted by my old habits of ordering a pizza, grabbing take out, or skipping meals and then eating junk all night. When my food includes foods that I adore I don’t feel like I’m on a “diet.”
NO BLT’s – If I am going to eat I am going to EAT. Sneaking bites here and there are unsatisfying, unaccounted for, and leave me grasping at straws why my weight is going up or I can’t lose.
Exercise Daily – I found exercise I love. You should too. Most of us who had or currently have an obesity problem, especially, have got to find activity we can do that we WILL DO. And, I’m just the kind of girl who has to feel like they are doing something daily or I feel like I’m going backward. It’s old fat girl thinking but I have found healthy ways to beat my own system. My weekly workout plan rarely says DOR (day of rest). It might say “food prep”, yoga, foam rolling, walk, etc., which are all technical rest days but they make me FEEL like I’m actively on the right path!
These are the absolutes that keep my 100lbs off and allows me to have vacations, wine on the weekends, and date nights WITH EASE. And yes, I journal date night. It’s always about 3000 calories but I journal it so I can see if I’m eating stuff in panic or enjoyment. By doing that I’ve seen myself go from worrying about including fun food to it just being my LOG of good health. Good health to me equals french fries, wine, broccoli, and protein! There’s room for it all.
By following my techniques I have found more freedom in enjoying a balanced life and seen that keeping my weight in check has been less stressful. I now just wish I knew all this when I was LOSING the weight so it would have been less stressful. 😉 Lucky you have me to share! But, while losing I figured out what was working and what wasn’t and DIDN’T BEAT MYSELF UP. That’s probably my biggest tip: I don’t beat myself up for ANYTHING. I learn from everything!