Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Sigh! My daughter left to go home this afternoon. I miss her a lot but not the way I did the last time she visited. I expected to be a basket case but I wasn't. "Why?" I asked myself. The answer is surprising. I am eager to get back into my exercise routine (I only went to the gym once during her visit) . We did a lot of walking and shopping while she was here, as well as being active as we cleaned and put up our Christmas decorations. I confess that part of me liked the change but the other part of me missed my workout buddies and my exercise classes. My daughter was fighting the tail end of an illness for the first half of her visit, so the gym was not a good place for her. I had exercise withdrawal, so on Monday I got up early and went to the gym by myself. It felt good to do a regular workout.
I am also eager to get back to my regular eating style. I didn't really mess up the whole time she was here but I did have to struggle quite a bit to stay in my range. I know that the way that I currently eat is a bit regimented - especially for other people. My daughter was "on vacation" and thus allowing herself to indulge a lot more than I. This caused some friction between us as I am constantly counting Weight Watcher points. It was interesting that she started eating the same way I did, at meal time, by the end of the week. I think that she noticed that she felt better physically when she ate that way. She even liked my selection of healthy snacks.
I never would have thought that I would miss my normal eating plan more than I would miss eating "treats" but it's true. I think my new eating plan has become a habit (abet a good, healthy one) that makes me feel good. Eating "junk food" makes me feel sluggish and tired. Therefore, I choose to eat healthy and feel better.
Wow! I just read that again. Is this really me? I never would have thought this was possible. I used to eat processed foods without thought. I used to eat sweets without thought. I drank diet Coke without thought. I ate vegetables and fruits but not enough of them. I had cut out almost all fat from my diet due to the fear that I'd eat the wrong kind. Now I eat whole grains, fruit, vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats, low fat/ fat free dairy and drink water. Most of my meals are homemade, low fat, low sodium with as little processing as possible.
The good news is that over the course of time, I've stopped eating most sugary foods, processed foods, diet soda and unhealthy fats. I became very aware of these changes when I found myself silently (mentally) calculating the number of calories and Weight Watchers points in the food that was present during Thanksgiving dinner and during the rest of my daughter's visit. The great news is that it has happened gradually in baby steps so it wasn't overwhelming or painful. All I did was set up a plan for myself and hold myself accountable. I hope that I will continue with the success I've been able to achieve so far. It feels amazing!