Improvement > Perfect

Monday, October 08, 2012

Every time I think I've got things under control, I realize that I don't.

I ate fast food today. I weighed in this morning with a gain of 3 pounds from last week and I thought to myself "Eh. If I already gained weight, then it doesn't matter".

But you know what?

I feel sick. Not like oh-crap-what-have-I-done? sick, but like ugh-my-tummy-hurts sick.

I don't eat perfectly. I don't always hit my target calorie range. I don't always get the right ratios of macronutrients.

But I've improved. I can't eat like I used to. My stomach isn't big enough and the food is too greasy and rich for me to really enjoy anymore.

Last night a friend of mine brought me a soda and a candy bar. Normally, I'd be all over that. But I really wasn't. It took me the entire movie we were watching to finish the candy bar and it was three hours after that when I finished the soda.

If he hadn't been there, I probably wouldn't have eaten it at all.

That's a giant change from before when I'd eat SEVERAL candy bars and 2 liters of soda without blinking an eye.

So, while I had a bit of a fail weekend, it's an improvement. So, I'm not going to let a number on the scale derail me. I'm not always perfect, so why get upset when I'm not? I'm improving and that's what's important.

Challenge #1 - Workout (3/27 days)
Challenge #2 - Complete my daily To-Do list. (7/31 days)
Challenge #3 - Smile and make eye contact with at least 10 people every day. (7/31 days)
Challenge #4 - Run 1.5 miles two times per week. (0/8 days)
Challenge #5 - Track calories eaten. (7/30 days)
Challenge #6 - Print calorie/workout tracker for Yoda. (0/4)

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    Good for you! The scale isn't everything.
    1963 days ago
    I find it so interesting when we notice this little moments in our lives... and recognize them for what they are... big, significant, moment of change!!

    Nicce work!
    1963 days ago
    Any improvement to your lifestyle is a huge success. I hardly weigh myself nowadays but I make sure I eat clean, as this is my MOST important goal xx
    1963 days ago
    1963 days ago
  • KELLY19770
    Keep on keepin' on..... emoticon I love your attitude! emoticon
    1963 days ago
    "I'm not always perfect, so why get upset when I'm not? I'm improving and that's what's important.".......

    Gosh I wish I could answer that question, for myself. Besides the fact it's an unrealistic expectation I have of myself out of fear, abandonment....whatever is going on... I mean that kind of is the answer..but it doesn't seem to do to much in the way of altering that process (at least not in a way that I can see immediate relief with a fix or better yet.. not even go there...) does this make sense....... it's just so hard

    I so relate to your blog today.
    1964 days ago
    On opening day at the Ren Faire, Boyfriend and I decided we were going to go crazy and party.

    By 1:00 (after three hours), we were feeling sick. I ended up buying a fruit plate with cheese and bread and we drank water. That helped so much--we just can't eat like we used to! No more deep-fried foods (or, no excess, anyways). Now when I "party" I have the grilled meats and smaller portions of fried foods (or, actually, breaded and baked more than fried).

    Oh, the "sacrifices" we make to be healthy! emoticon
    1964 days ago
  • JENN03275
    By being able to note your improvements you are doing great!
    1964 days ago
    I would say one....the is no food off limits. It's about moderation not deprivation. Watch portions and make decisions on what is healthier options of favorite foods and see if there is something that satisfies your flavor palette that you can be happy with and enjoy. And I have learned the hard way that some people, although are not meaning to make you slip can unintentionally sabotage your efforts. Make sure people know you need thier total support.

    Good luck
    1964 days ago
    You're noticing when things fall out of place, and you're noting it. It's hard to want to be perfect with eating, but you can't always be perfect. I think you're doing great and from what I've read you're stubborn like me so you will get right back on track. =) emoticon
    1964 days ago
    My male co worker had been trying to tempt me with candy bars all week. Then he offered me chocolate, I accepted it since I had already messed up the night before. Usually I would have enjoyed the chocolate, but it didn't even taste good and I wasn't even focused on the flavor when I ate it. And I knew he was happy cause I broke my diet because of him. What a disappointment. I have also found when ever I pig out on junk I really feel sick to my stomach afterward.
    1964 days ago

    Well - you are noting your improvements and that is mighty encouraging, no doubt about it.

    Question: do you use the SparkPoints page and format?

    It is an efficient means of leading through a lot of areas that help me to work a better conditioning/nutritional/health program for myself.

    If you have not as yet plugged into that mechanism, you may want to check into using it, sooner rather than later!

    Best to you.

    1964 days ago
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