Thursday, October 11, 2012
Life throws a lot of obstacles in our way throughout our lives but when we're trying to change our lifestyle I have found that I can exaggerate how difficult those obstacles are to overcome. I didn't realize that I was doing that until today.
How slow am I on figuring things out. Oh well, at least now I know.
My way of dealing with the roadblocks was to focus on the two elements of the SP program that I could control. I logged everything that went into my mouth. Often I had to enter the foods in the SP database because my wife often cooks without a recipe. I looked up the nutrition for everything that went into the food. The result wasn't always perfect but it was close. At first all I tried to control was calories and as I got more into it I started looking at fat, carbs., and protein to keep them withing the guidelines. I tracked my exercise minutes and somehow fit some exercise into each day.
I realized that those trackers force me to deal with today. Today's tracker pops up each day and if I want to go back I must make a conscious effort to do so. If I do go back I do it to learn and not to lament my overeating day. If you want to beat yourself up for a bad day you need to stop that stinkin thinkin. I also know that it just doesn't make sense to guess what my input is for tomorrow so I concentrate on today. Therefore, as I use the tracker I focus on the only day that matters - today. Think about it.
Getting back to that stinkin thinkin thing. Some people just can't stop focusing on the negative. That's self sabotage. Stop it. We have, spouses, children, friends, and TV commercials to do the sabotaging.
Talk nicely to yourself and look for things you did right. Even if you exceed your calories for a day congratulate yourself for tracking the calories. If you can't find something to give yourself credit for in any 24 hour period then you're not paying attention to what you do right.
Keep up the positive self talk. If you do this one thing every day you will start believing in yourself. Then you'll find that those obstacles aren't near as big as you thought they were.
Enjoy the ride,