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Not Allowing for Backward Steps

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Yesterday's goal was to do an exercise DVD since I wasn't going to be able to get to the gym in time for any of their classes. Goal: Unaccomplished.

This week's goal is to take the equipment training at the gym, since I didn't go to the gym yesterday I couldn't do this one. Goal: Incomplete, but pending.

This months goal is to eat fresher and doing it at home. Goal: Not so great first day in.

But I did something I never would have done before - substituted without completely getting down on myself. So I didn't do an exercise DVD, but I did open a Shape magazine I had lying around and did one of their celebrity workouts. It wasn't much, but it was weight training which I haven't done much of in the last several months. I also did some crunches, push-ups, jumping jacks, and punches w/boxing gloves on. It wasn't the 45 min+ of cardio I set myself to do, but it was still a good workout. I sweat a little and I feel like I worked out this morning. So when I got home late last night instead of not doing anything at all, I substituted my workouts. And I don't feel bad about it one bit. Months ago, I would have said forget it all together and then felt really guilty this morning that I didn't do anything.

Eating fresh, well that one didn't go so great either. It's hard to eat fresh when you don't have any food at home, ha! So after our late meeting, my husband and I decided that we might as well eat out and then go to the supermarket so we would have food for the rest of the week. I can't say I did fantastic, but I ate really well during the day yesterday. Even though we split an unhealthy appetizer and I had a BLT for dinner, it could have been worse. I was proud that I didn't order a huge entrée. Normally I would get some sort of panini or large sandwich that comes with a load of french fries, and I'd eat the whole thing. Instead, I got a BLT on wheat and even though the little cup of mayo kept calling my name, I didn't touch it. The only sides it came with were coleslaw and a pickle. This is great because, I don't like coleslaw, so I didn't eat it. The pickle would have been nice but it didn't look crunchy so I didn't touch it. Normally, I'd try it out for crunch, not like it and eat it anyway. Dinner is my weakness, but I think I fared pretty well for the first day. Especially since my plan was to eat at home, but when we got to the diner I didn't say "screw it, I'll just eat whatever I want". Instead I ate something I wanted, but without all the extras. I also stayed within all my eating goals for the day (except for sodium which I know is a work in progress).

I'm glad I didn't just tell myself "forget it, I'll just start again tomorrow". There are no more re-starts. This is it, I'm in the midst of it and I have to make the best of it.

Today's goals:
1) Make it to the gym for Zumba at 7pm.
2) Make dinner at home.
3) Do homework. (I am two classes away from my BA. It's 10 years in the making, but I'm so close.)
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    I am normally great at eating fresh, but since I'm living alone now and working all the time, it's difficult for me to eat it before it goes. I need to get better at shopping every few days instead.

    And yes, you worked out, so I think that's great. As long as we're doing something, that's great. We'll get there. It just takes forming a habit.
    2339 days ago
    Yes, I'm definitely learning that I can't just be perfect right away. I think that's the hardest part of my process realizing that things will take time. I'll get there!
    2343 days ago
    I surely wouldn't beat myself up for not hitting the exact goal....the DVD ....when you DID exercise! I think you did great.

    You're just getting into this. You can't just snap your fingers and expect to be the queen of the diet and exercise. You're human and you'll work your way into it.

    I eat very clean....I didn't just start eating that way, I had to learn how to do it and what not to eat. There were a lot of light bulb moments when I said, "Ooo, I don't want to eat THAT!" Those moments have added up and now I've got that under control.

    Thank you for commenting on my blog, too. :)
    2343 days ago
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