I was sitting at the computer checking in with my Spark Friends and up popped this wonderful quote from Coach Nicole:
ï¿½Are you slumping right now? Sit up straight!
Now doesn't' that feel better?ï¿½
Well, Coach Nicole gives very good advice. So I tried it. And ï¿½ no surprise - I actually did feel better.
Sometimes it amazes me how easily our good habits slide into a ï¿½slumpï¿½. Thank goodness, for these reminders.
But this friendly reminder wasnï¿½t done with me. The more I thought about the word ï¿½slumpï¿½ the more I realized how well it describes my journey in the last few weeks.
No, I havenï¿½t given up on exercise and eating well ï¿½ but Iï¿½ve been less deliberate about maintaining my hard-won healthy habits.
Yes, Iï¿½ve definitely begun to ï¿½slumpï¿½. Iï¿½ve planned my food menus, but not been careful about tracking ï¿½everythingï¿½. Iï¿½ve ï¿½guesstimatedï¿½ my portions ï¿½ and become increasingly optimistic about what a ï¿½ cup serving looks like. It has felt like a slippery slope (unfortunately one which I have been all too familiar with in the past). And that slippery slope leads to mindless eating - a place I no longer want to go!
So Iï¿½m committed to ï¿½Straightening Upï¿½ and the place to start is with Sparkï¿½s Nutrition Tracker.
First, Iï¿½ve readjusted my goals a bit. I still have a reasonable range, but by lowering my upper limit I canï¿½t fool myself into thinking I have more calories to spend than I really need.
Second, Iï¿½m trying new recipes. I think I was bored with the same old, same old. Funny that I ate larger quantities of the foods I was bored with. Today I made a zucchini mushroom casserole that tasted great and had 200 fewer calories than a typical lunch I have been eating.
Third, Iï¿½m posting my menu plan on the refrigerator. It was getting increasingly easy to ï¿½forgetï¿½ what I had planned.
Fourth, I go back to the tracker BEFORE I make any changes. Then I can adjust and still stay within my limits. After Iï¿½ve eaten something ï¿½extraï¿½ itï¿½s a lot harder for me to be flexible.
Iï¿½ve been following this plan for 2 days. Iï¿½m optimistic that the ï¿½slumpï¿½ is over. And the best part of all ï¿½ Coach Nicole was right again.
THANKS, COACH NICOLE.