Practice makes perfect
Friday, November 16, 2012
For me, it really was that simple: move more, eat less. It wasn't that I wasn't exercising or that I was eating a lot of junk food when I gained weight in my 40s; I was eating too much - even of healthy foods; exercising, but still fairly sedentary; and indulging a little too often & a little too much at a time.
Even with the craziness of this week, I realized how much my healthy habits have become ingrained. When I could, I did a short toning video. When I had time to get out, I ran. When my siblings ordered rich chocolate desserts two nights in a row, I literally took 2 bites & called it a night.
Because I hadn't indulged a lot this week & I ran a hard 5 miles Wednesday. I chose to get a rich carrot cake cupcake for dessert. I ate half & gave the rest to my sister. Could I have finished the whole thing? You betcha. But I knew I didn't need it.
I actually felt as tho I lost weight, but I'll put on my tightest jeans today & see how they feel. I might go to a WW meeting tomorrow but I might not.
Yesterday ended up being utter chaos. They discharged my father unexpectedly & we had to scramble to pack up, move out of the room, find a place for our luggage while we waited for my BIL to pick us up (it's an hour & a half away & we'd been told an hr earlier that he was being discharged today).
And then I had to take the train home . . . almost another hour & a half . . . no time to get dinner but I always travel with food so I never have to worry about making poor choices while I'm traveling. I was still hungry when I got home, however & while I was trying to decide on what to eat I realized a banana would be perfect.
Healthy habits aren't built in a day or a week or a month. It take years of practice. It takes forgiving yourself when you don't get it right. It takes learning from your mistakes. It takes analyzing what works & what doesn't.
But practice long enough and healthy habits become second nature. Which doesn't mean you'll always practice them -- but you will more often then you won't.
Sometimes autopilot can be a good thing.