Monday, February 07, 2011
Ok, so last week I learned about what I need to work on. I set some mini goals and did OK, but not great. Every day, I met at least one goal but not another.
It's all good, because I am a work in progress. Over the past few days I have been out to eat a lot because whenever parents visit that is what we do. MIL was visiting Thursday and Friday, my folks were over yesterday. Restaurants are a weakness for me. I know I should check out the menu in advance and try to make a healthy choice. Problem is, when I get there and everything on the menu looks so good (and I am hungry) I just pick something I really want to try rather than a steamed chicken or fish and veggies type of dish, which I can do at home. On the bright side, when I go through a spell of eating at restaurants often, I start to get sick of it. Then I begin to imagine all that restaurant food clogging up my stomach and arteries and it doesn't seem quite so appealing anymore.
Luckily, we are back to eating meals at home this week, and I am determined to get my workouts in at any cost. I found this great thread here called "What is your favorite Spark recipe?" and it is getting me excited to cook more at home again. I've also started to e-mail recipes to myself when I see one I want to try online. I now have a recipe archive in a folder in my e-mail. Whenever I don't know what to have for a meal, I just click on that and find something.
As I said a little while ago on another friend's blog - I think that it's normal for people who reach goal to fall into a slump and regress a little bit. Healthy living is a lifelong commitment. I can't just hit goal, cut back on my workouts, eat at restaurants often and expect not to put on any pounds. Luckily, at least for me, exercise is fun. So is trying new recipes. And reading fitness magazines. And reading others' success stories. Listening to motivational podcasts. (So excited that Jillian Michaels' radio show is BACK!) I enjoy finding out how many calories are really in a certain food and then finding a better alternative that is just as delicious.
Yes, sometimes I will be in a slump. It's a mental game, too. Sometimes I don't make the best choices because I am in a mental funk. Sometimes I am simply tired. But if I just keep on keeping on, I will continue to succeed.