Wednesday, April 25, 2012
As I wrote earlier, this week is far from perfect. Every 5th or 6th week is like this, and it never gets very bad. It makes me think about my healthy habits.
These my core healthy habits I never quit, they are like breathing in the air:
-half plate rule: whatever I eat, half of the food is fruits or vegetables (except binges of course)
-pack my lunch and snacks
-drink 8 cups or water or more
-run 4 times a week (2 short and 2 long runs) and any other cardio on the rest days
I have healthy habits on a lower level too: I do them most of the time routinely, but not always:
-do my strength training right after cardio, before breakfast
-divide my food in 3 meals and 2 snacks
-go to bed 8 hours before I have to get up
-maintain a balance between work and personal life & rest (donít work more that 8 hours a day unless there is an emergency)
These secondary healthy habits are vulnerable.
When Iím under pressure, or Iím in a bad mood or just something unusual happens, I neglect one or two of them. My motivation decreases, I neglect some more habits from this group, I get moody and there I am sitting munching chocolate or other calorie bombs after dinner.
Luckily, I always have the granite base of my core healthy habits to stop me.
Thinking back, this week it was the new task I got at work.
Iím doing a complex logical check on paperwork of other colleagues and it is fun and exciting Ė no wonder it made me work more hours! I can work from home and one night I was up at 11 pm finishing one job because I just couldnít stop. So I didnít get enough sleep, woke up tired and moody, skipped my strength training to avoid being late for work, got home tired and moody, and guess what? Emotional eating had me.
Maintaining all these healthy habits is like dancing a complicated choreography every day. Each step is very simple, but it is a challenge to do them all. If I do it right, Iím rewarded with an inner joy and happiness.
It is absolutely worth doing it all, and going back to it after each failure.
However, this evening somehow I ended up with emotional eating again and donít feel good.
But Iíll go to bed at 10:00, do my exercise before breakfast, do not work long hours and try again tomorrow.