Friday, January 06, 2012
We had friends stay the night, and this morning I made a big breakfast. Sitting and visiting, I ate way too much of that big breakfast.
Now, my first thought was, "Oh, man, I've blown this day. I can't possibly recover from that!" Followed by, "Oh, well, might as well just let go...."
That's an EEEEVIL little voice in my head, programmed by years of bad thinking about food. "Hey, you have a little guilt! Why stop there, go for BIG guilt!!!"
But then I reminded myself that there isn't good food and bad food, there's just food. And though there can be too much food, having too much food isn't the end of the world.
So I sat down and did my food log. And, hey, there wasn't nearly as much food as I was conflating in my head! I'm a little high for breakfast, but as it turned out the be actually brunch, I haven't blown the day entirely.
If I'd run away from Spark People at that point, I probably would have let myself fall into old patterns of guilt and self-recrimination and made a mess of the day. But by taking the time to take a deep breath and be honest about the moment, I avoided the guilt-binge and feel better about myself.
Still too full, but definitely better.
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.
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....
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.
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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