Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The other day someone commented on a blog post I wrote three years ago. I'm an old Sparker....I joined in 2006 and have been using the site in full force for the better part of the past 4.5 years. I feel like at this point I have figured out what works for me for the most part. It's been an extremely bumpy ride to get to this point, but I think I have it now. So now it just feels like I'm plugging along. There won't be much exciting healthy lifestyle news to write about, because I have a good routine now and keeping that routine going week after week does not generate much news. I go to Trader Joe's each weekend and buy my fruits and vegetables, milk and yogurt, almonds and tea, and ingredients for my batch-cooking recipes, which I then bring home to cook, separate into single-serving containers, and enter into Spark recipes to get the nutrition facts for each serving. I track my calories each day, with a lot of copying a meal from one day to another. I go to the gym or run outside almost every day, and I go to Body Pump Tuesdays, Thursdays, and once per weekend (I think I like the Sunday class better than the Saturday class at my new gym). I'm still losing very slowly, but even that will stop soon if it hasn't already, because I'm basically at a realistic, maintainable weight.
There will be a few ups and downs. This past Saturday I was not particularly careful about my eating, and even though I was physically extremely active all day I gained some weight. However, I was not in the least bit anxious about it, and I wouldn't even consider it "off track" really, because the term "off track" to me implies that I did something wrong. In a lifelong healthy lifestyle, there are going to be days like that and it's perfectly OK. I've since returned to my usual eating habits and just as I knew would happen, the temporary extra pounds have been slipping back off. (In all honesty I was a bit worried that a day of less careful eating might drag me into a spiral of unhealthiness like what has happened to me before, but I made sure to stick to my routine and just allow myself moderate extra snacks when I really needed them. There will be no more downward spirals into the doom of unhealthiness for me!)
There will be times when my routine gets disrupted or altered - like if/when we finally buy a house and/or have a baby - and when those times come I'm sure I'll need to do a lot more blogging to figure it all out. But for now things are mostly same old! That's not to say things are easy - of course there are times it sounds nice to slack off on a workout or overeat junky foods. But I keep on making good choices, beause a healthy lifestyle, for me, really is about plugging away at it week after week, never expecting sudden miracles, but knowing that the long-term effects are profound.