Monday, May 14, 2012
I think the better question for me is how do I get something started so I can pick up momentum! I've been letting everything distract me, and the results are showing on the scale (the scale is going in the wrong direction!!). I am making the following tweeks:
1. Any exercise is good exercise! I need to move more and sit in front of the TV with a snack less, and I'm not always going to feel like jogging or hitting the gym. Therefore, I'm adding some fun to my routine. For example, I picked up a Wii exercise game that I can play when I have some time on my hands (while dinner is cooking, etc...) I'm going to start looking for what I'm calling "active distractions." So I may not burn a ton of calories during a short Wii game session, but I'm also not noshing if I'm playing!!
2. A teammate pointed out that we need to stop whining about deprivation, and start embracing living a healthy lifestyle.
Is it really being deprived when I skip the fatty, heavy dessert for some fruit? NO! I'm going to work on changing my mindset. Tonight, I skipped my son's bday cake, and my girlfriend told me she was relieved that I was skipping the cake because she was feeling obligated to have a slice until I passed on it! I liked being a "health leader" ;-)
3. Write it down...short and sweet, and so important. I find it helpful to jot all my intake down, even if I don't have time to figure the calories. The act of simply keeping a list has been helping me to evaluate if I really need to eat, or if I'm just in a grazing mood.
To sum it up, I need to lose the all or nothing attitude, and look for the simple, small ways to have success every day. I'm always looking for a complicated formula, and what I need is consistency with the simple things.