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The importance of pushing through

Thursday, January 05, 2012

"I just don't feel like it. I can start tomorrow."

Those are the thoughts that got me to almost 300 pounds.

When I wasn't working out, I continually told myself that tomorrow was the day when I'd get back to my routine.

When I was overeating, I continually told myself that tomorrow was the day when I'd start cooking healthy meals again.

"Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow. You're always a day away!"

"Free beer tomorrow."

Tomorrow is the enemy of motivation.

Some days, when things have not gone well, we have to resign ourselves that tomorrow will be better. But if my "tomorrow will be better" pep talk starts at 7am, then there is something radically wrong with my attitude about TODAY.

TODAY is the day I have at hand. It's my current resource. And if I don't feel like working out today, shoving that off to tomorrow is cheating myself. So I will push through TODAY. I will work out TODAY. I will eat right TODAY.

Tomorrow should be my safe harbor only occasionally. TODAY is my goal.

  
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YULLABELLE 1/5/2012 4:25PM

    I love Annie too but you are so right. We can't always wait for tomorrow we must start to day to have a better tomorrow. Just remember today's a new day to get up, get moving and make better choice. Stay motivated. emoticon

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AHNAZEE 1/5/2012 1:20PM

    MISSG, you've had a few blogs that are uncannily timed for being exactly what I need to hear!
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TOWHEE 1/5/2012 11:54AM

    TOMORROW never happens because there's always a tomorrow. Today is the only day that we can do anything productive.

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COLEENCOLE 1/5/2012 8:29AM

    Another enemy; too much cheap and easily available fast food, coupons for fast food, and the bigger the meal the bigger the savings.

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Resolve...sagging

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Isn't this just the darkest time of the year? Oh, I know that the days are actually getting longer now, but the fun of the holidays is over and all that's in front of us is the long stretch of winter. It makes me want to curl up and hibernate.

It doesn't help that I have been mildy ill. I worked out Monday, but yesterday was a no-go, and today I'm waffling on whether it's a good idea.

But if I feel well enough to even consider it, then I should at least give it a try. A short workout is better than no workout, as far as maintaining the habit. So here I go....

  
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JLITT62 1/4/2012 12:29PM

    I'm with you on how hard these days can be! It's ok to take a few days off exercise - nutrition is really 80% of the battle, you know!

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DSW310 1/4/2012 12:08PM

    Your title today got me singing a tune, "A little bit of resolve is what I need now..."

Hope you feel a lot better soon!

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TRAVLNWOMAN 1/4/2012 11:26AM

    Where do you live? I'm coming over to tickle you silly and chase those blues away. (Not really emoticon )

When I get the blues I go get one of my younger grandchildren and load up on hugs. Do some shadow boxing in your chair and pretend you are knocking the socks off of the blues. Punch hard and fast. Use a pillow for greater satisfaction!

I really wish I was living in your area. I would come get you and just get you out of the house. Even when it is freezing outside it still makes you feel better.

Hugs,
Kimberly

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HONBAD 1/4/2012 10:21AM

    I feel you on the dreary days!

I hope you feel better! I like to do something little even if it is walking in place for 10 minutes at a time. Might give you a little more energy and help lift your spirits too.

emoticon I think the sun should be peaking out at least for a bit today!

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Every day is a new day

Sunday, January 01, 2012

New Year's is a time when we focus on renewal, but every day is a day when renewal is possible, and when we have a new chance to make good choices.

Yesterday and today haven't been particularly good choice days, but tomorrow is a new day! And today's bad choices? I'm just going to embrace them as the choices that I needed for today, and not get hung up on guilt.

  
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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/3/2012 4:51PM

    That's the way I look at it, which won't surprise you, and I also feel every meal is a new meal, so if I had an iffy lunch, my next meal is a chance to have one full of yummy veggies and stuff.

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SARAHSTARTSOVER 1/2/2012 8:07PM

    Yes! It's all about moving forward.

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JLITT62 1/2/2012 6:46AM

    Not getting hung up on guilt is the key! So important! We're all human.

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TRAVLNWOMAN 1/1/2012 8:45PM

    That is a good thing to do! We learn from our choices both good and bad. I hope and pray this new year brings you many GOOD choices. It will be an awesome year!

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Just when you think you have it all figured out, the world has a way of putting you back in your place. Oh well, humility is good for the soul.

  
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EUPHRATES 1/1/2012 1:51PM

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THE-MORE-GIRL 12/31/2011 12:09PM

    Eep! That sounds bad. Courage, friend. You can make it through this, whatever it is.

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COLEENCOLE 12/31/2011 11:09AM

    That it is.

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HONBAD 12/31/2011 11:05AM

    I hope things get back on track for you, whatever they are! Keep a positive attitude about it. There is a positive or at least something to learn from every situation if you look hard enough.

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Intuitive eating

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The problem with having a relationship with food that says, "This food is GOOOD, but *this* food is BAAAAAAAAAAAD" is that when we (inevitably) eat something in the BAAAAAAAAAAAAAD category, we start making value judgments about ourselves that spiral into self-loathing and a need to justify BAAAAAAAAAAAD behavior.

Food is food. Some of it is more nutritious than other, some of it is very calorie dense, some of it is delicious, and some of it is vile. When your relationship with it is based more around emotions of fear and self-loathing than around enjoyment and acceptance, then it's appallingly easy to fall into that binge cycle. Because the eating stops being about what tastes good and what nourishes us and becomes about compulsion and guilt.

If we give ourselves permission to eat what genuinely makes us happy, without beating ourselves up over every choice, then that compulsive eating demon has many fewer triggers. Example: yesterday I was alone in my mother-in-law's house because she and hubby went to run an errand. I was a little bit bored and a little bit nibbly, so I had a cookie. It was a really good cookie, sort of almost shortbread style, and I took the time to really enjoy it. I didn't guilt out about it - and I didn't feel the need to EAT MOAR COOKIES!!!! Last night we went to dinner at a steakhouse, and I had a grilled chicken salad; not because I was controlling calories and depriving myself of steak, but because that's what sounded really, really good to me. When we came home, I had a small glass of egg nog with some Kahlua, and one was enough. When I did my status report, I was about a cookie over my calorie budget. But I'm not going to panic, because guess what? I'm not a binge of cookies over my calorie budget!

Developing a healthy relationship with food doesn't mean "only eating healthy foods." It means eating in such a way that you are listening to your body and giving it what it desires and deserves, not a series of deprivations and indulgences triggered by the brain. When I eat like this, I eat sensibly. When I let the emotions and value judgments take over, I binge eat.

  
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PINKAMBER18 1/1/2012 10:07AM

    The-More-Girl sent me... very nicely written. :) I had never thought of food in such a way. I guess I have/had the mindset if it tastes good I NEED (not even really want, but NEED) to eat it. :) Keep up the awesome blogs, I'll be reading for sure!

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TRAVLNWOMAN 12/30/2011 8:13PM

    Everything you wrote is true. Once we realize all this we have just about won the battle.

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EUPHRATES 12/30/2011 2:24PM

    Amen and amen!
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THE-MORE-GIRL 12/29/2011 3:18PM

    Yes yes yes. I've just told everyone who reads my blog that they should come over here and read yours. Thanks for being here.

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DEEGIRL50 12/29/2011 2:32PM

    Love this! You've helped me today.
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HONBAD 12/29/2011 10:31AM

    I agree! I always try to eat exactly what I want in the moment. I am most satisfied that way. That's why I'm terrible at packing lunches and planning weekly meals! What I pack at 7am is not likely to still be what I want at noon. I do weigh the nutritional value when making my decisions. I try to stay away from the less healthy stuff unless I really, really want it! I like that you said "what it desires and deserves" because my body sometimes desires foods that it doesn't deserve! It is a balance of both.

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AHNAZEE 12/29/2011 10:23AM

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