Monday, January 07, 2013
Have you ever noticed how difficult it can be to think positively when you are really pissed off and frustrated? I started writing a blog post about all of my frustrations and I was disgusted by how awful it sounds. So, I erased all of it and started this more positive post instead. Is it true that focusing on the positive instead of dwelling on the negative makes problem solving easier? Today will certainly put that theory to the test.
I realized this weekend that I really do need a bit of structure in order to eat properly and exercise regularly. As much as my job frustrates me, it does provide a good framework for the day. I eat in regular intervals and when I plan out my meals for the day, I eat really well. I also have free access to a fairly nice gym, so that is an extra motivator as well. I did fine with exercising this weekend, but my eating was all over the place. I certainly identified some eating triggers this weekend--stressing about my future, feeling directionless, restlessness. Perhaps by acknowledging these emotional reactions, I can address my compulsive eating more effectively. That's something positive!
I'm also working on eating less. I generally make healthy food choices, but right now I'm working on eating less of them. I'm not counting calories, but rather being mindful of balance and not going back for seconds. Once I feel more confortable with these habits, I'll try to add some additional ones. Considering how much stress I'm under right now, I should really focus on changing one or two habits at a time instead of half-assing a dozen new habits.
On another positive note, I've started working out twice a week (Monday and Wednesday) with some women from work. Since I get out earlier than they do, I do some cardio until they arrive and through their warm-ups; then we choose a workout (like machines or plyometrics) for the remainder of our time. It's a pretty nice arrangement. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I do mostly extra cardio and maybe about 10 minutes of strength training. I take Fridays and Sundays off. I like to keep Saturday open for something different. This past Saturday I went snowshoeing for over an hour.
The one other positive change I've been making is to get outside everyday, even if it is only a 5-10 minute walk. It's really helping my mood!
Have a good day everyone!