Striving for Imperfection
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Sometimes the food and fitness tracking can drive me crazy. How many calories is the bite of hotdog I swiped from my son's highchair? If I'm drinking a class of water and my son steals a swallow, does that mean I don't count the whole glass? Sure I spent 45 minutes on the elliptical but did I push myself that whole 45 minutes for it to count? I used to be in Weight Watchers and I remember asking the coach how many points are there in one M&M. I think she laughed a little.
Right now I'm in a honeymoon stage with my healthy living program. I feel very driven and the details are important to me. The problem is this level of detail becomes tedious over time. The reason I wasn't successful with Weight Watchers was because I got tired of tracking points and journaling. This program could end up with the same pitfalls.
So strategy time. Here are my thoughts moving forward:
* Don't sweat the really small stuff. If I eat a piece of Zack's cheese it's not going to make m gain a pound. I just have to restrain myself from more than one bite.
* If I spent 45 minutes on the elliptical I'm counting all 45 minutes. Even if I slowed down in the middle I still kept my legs moving and I earned the right to count those minutes.
* Continue journaling but don't go chaotic over the details. If I'm off by 100 calories, who cares? I didn't get this fat by eating an extra 100 calories. It was more like 1,000 calories. Besides, I am working out so I have a tiny bit of wiggle room.
* I'm loving his blogging thing so if I get too crazy I should blog about it. Sometimes writing is good therapy and just spelling it out in words makes it manageable.
The bottom line is I need to give myself permission to be a little imperfect. Yes, its important to hold myself accountable but not at the sacrifice of long-term success.