Tuesday, June 29, 2010
After a year or talking, looking, more talking, more looking, we did it. We bought a new trailer camper! We get it today and I'm very excited for me and the kids and my husband. We are going to have so much fun. The kids are very excited about it and my daughter was already asking me this morning "when are we going camping?" Unfortunately for us it may be in the driveway this weekend since most of the campgrounds are already booked. We were able to get in a campsite on Thursday and Friday but we have to switch sites. That's okay though because it will give us more practice on backing it in and setting everything up.
The benefits of course will be all the outdoor activity we will be getting in. I can't wait to go hiking, playing at the beach, riding bikes. We are going to be outside doing fun activities most of the time. I was thinking this is going to be GREAT for my exercise routine, it will change things up and won't even feel like exercise. It will also be a great example for the kids on how to stay active while having fun.
Then I started making piles, piles of clothes, piles of sheets, games and then the food. Graham crackers, check, marshmallows, check, chocolate bars, check, Twizzlers, check, Pringles, check, what? What is going on here? I couldn't even believe all the junk that we had purchased for camping. We never buy this stuff in our everyday life. Why had we all of a sudden gone crazy with snacks? Of course I wanted to do something different and special for the kids but this was over the top. I didn't even realize it until I started making my piles.
Anyway, I've learned a valuable lesson on shopping for camping. Stop with the snack madness. My goal now is prepare a recipe book of camping "snacks" that are healthy so we can eat healthy but still enjoy it. I also learned how easy it is to fall back into old habits without even realizing you are doing it. It's almost like my subconscious has been waiting for a moment to strike. Luckily I caught it this time.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
My question for the day is: Why is it so hard? I have yet to find my answer to this question. I suppose each person has their own answer but mine remains to be seen.
The thing is it really isn't all that hard. When I find myself in the zone it seems so easy. I exercise, record my meals ahead of time and find it rather easy to stay within my calorie range. When I am in this "zone" I avoid candy, don't even crave it because I don't want to feel that candy stomach ache. I am disappointed when someone asks me to lunch or dinner because I don't want to eat something high in calories. I don't even feel deprived, I am just in the zone. And I feel great! I usually feel skinnier, I feel healthier and I just feel better overall.
So...why is it so easy to fall out of this zone. If I feel so much better why is it so easy to fall out of the zone and so hard to get back in the zone. It seems so basic, so easy but it always seems to be so hard.
I have been struggling the last week, it was my birthday (ice cream, cake, eating out), it has been cloudy and raining for the last week (no outdoor exercise, emotional eating) and I have fallen back into bad habits (eating candy at work, snacking after dinner).
The good news is that I recognize this pattern and I am committed to getting back on track before I veer too far off course. I want to wake up feeling great, not bloated and disgusting. After this blog I'm headed right over to my food tracker and I'm going to plan out my days worth of food!
The other good news is the sun is out today and that alone is good news!!
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