Thursday, January 19, 2012
The last two days have been so intense for me. in fact today has been an extreme roller coaster - one of those days where it ends and I find myself thinking, what just happened?
So I'm writing this in a bit of a frail state, and the 'replace chocolate with an apple' habit has fallen to the wayside, but I wanted to at least write about the one muscle that I have needed to use a lot this week, and is seriously out of shape:
Faith - that people will help me out when I ask for it
- that it's ok to step out and take risks
- that I won't gain back the weight that I've lost
- that although life is full of curve balls everything does work itself out in the end
Monday, January 16, 2012
I've been spending a lot of time thinking about my food choices just recently. I keep wondering if my grocery list has really transformed itself into that of a healthy person or if it's simply because I'm eating much smaller portions of everything that I used to eat. I still find that at the end of the evening when I have calories left to fill I will choose the 100 calorie chocolate portion rather than the apple. This works in so many ways for me, mainly because it prevents me going cold turkey on something I love only to overeat it later, but, I have been wondering what a diet with more of the healthier food would do for me.
So, habit number two is to choose the healthier option! I'd like to spend the rest of this week choosing the apple over the chocolate and seeing what happens.
PS - I'm writing this in bed nice and early in the morning with plenty of time ahead of me before work!!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
There are a few habits that I've been trying to introduce over the last two weeks that have not been going as well as planned, but the habit I want to write about is one that I started, but then stopped doing over Christmas: Waking up early for some 'me time'.
I'm not a morning person and am in the habit of sleeping as late as possible and then rushing to get myself to work. Around the time I started the spark plan, I began setting my alarm for 6am and then waking up and enjoying a coffee in bed whilst catching up with sparkpeople - the blogs, articles, etc. It was great because I felt like the start of my day was not just one big rush to get to work, but had a bit of quality to it.
Since the late night holidays, however, I have got back into the old routine of late to bed, late to rise. I think I would like this to be the first habit that I focus on this week. It will probably help to support the other habits that I would like to work on.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I'm doing this as part of my spark diet plan in stage three - writing about a trouble goal. This is not so much a goal as it is an area of my diet that has taken a terrible beating since Christmas and the surprisingly large amount of boxes of chocolates that I have received......and managed to guzzle down before realizing how much i've actually eaten!
So here is the strategy for survival and forgiveness (taken directly from the diet plan, stage three)
1 - stay positive
A setback is only a problem is it keeps you sitting down, right? I have managed not to allow these chocolate binges to go over my calorie limit, so I'm still fitting them into my diet even if I'm not happy about the other nutritious food i've had to sacrifice for it. The fact that I still track it has probably stopped me from finished boxes of the stuff and ending up in serious trouble!! Soon, the giving season will be over and the chocolate boxes will stop arriving - and the next time they come along I will be better prepared to know how to manage them!!
2 - trust your plan
I love chocolate and have kept it in my nutrition plan by allowing myself only really dark, really expensive chocolate. This has enabled me to keep the number of chocolates that I eat down to just one or two, which is a very manageable amount. However, these milk chocolates that I have been receiving do not have the same 'stop eating' effect as the darker stuff I have been buying myself. So, I think I need to leave any future boxes of chocolate in the staff kitchen for sharing. That will mean that I can still eat a few, but share the rest with others. I prefer that idea to simply throwing the boxes out - that is a pretty harsh way to do things, but something i have had to resort to over the last few weeks. i need to remember my plan because it works - dark chocolate only!! When at work and tempted by the sweet treats, remind myself that there is a gorgeous piece of dark chocolate waiting for me at home that i will enjoy so much more.
3 - believe in yourself
Ah. Easy to forget this one, isn't it? Can I walk away from the chocolate boxes - of course i can - one step at a time with as little analysis as possible until i'm somewhere else and thinking about something else.
4 - give yourself good reasons to keep going
Reason one - I'm really happy with the way I look right now and with the success of following the diet plan for the last three months. I want to keep it up!
Reason two - spa break with my husband in two weeks - i want to wear a bikini!! (Is that a good reason?)
Reason three - I feel so much better when I eat nutritious food. I want to eat more of that!
So I'll start my day today with those thoughts in my mind!!
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