It Doesn't Happen Overnight
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
I keep having to remind myself that habits don't change overnight. I have been frustrated with myself this past week because I keep giving into food cravings and haven't lost any weight. Although I have been exercising every day I am off work. Even though I am still making mistakes, I have learned several very good things so far:
1. Track what you eat. It doesn't matter if you change a thing yet. You need to be aware of what you are eating. I was very surprised when I first started tracking because I didn't think I was doing that poorly, but it turned out I was going at least several hundred calories over what I should have been eating each day!! Statistics also show you are MUCH more likely to be able to lose the weight and keep it off if you track your food and exercise. Myfitnesspal is a great app/website to use and makes it SUPER easy to track. I have always HATED tracking what I eat but since I have MFP on my phone, I have it with me at all times and have no excuse to skip tracking anymore!
2. Make your kitchen a happy place to be!! This means you need to clean out your fridge, freezer, and cupboard of anything that will constantly tempt you. I got rid of the poptarts, cookies, candy, frozen fried foods, white tortillas, etc. and replaced it with fruits, veggies, lean proteins, low fat dairy, and whole grain products. When you have nothing but healthy food in the house, you have no choice but to eat healthy!! It makes it SO much easier.
3. Drag your butt to the gym or off the couch to do a workout at home or outdoors, even on the days you REALLY don't want to. You may feel like crap, or be too tired, or think you don't have time right now, but if you just get up and start it, you will feel sooo much better! On days I really really don't want to work out, I make myself go anyway and just tell myself I will only do 10 or 15 minutes on the treadmill and then leave. But once I get there and get going, I still end up doing my 40-90 minute workout anyway! Afterwards, my day is so much more productive, I have more energy, and I just feel better about myself in general. Today was a day I didn't feel like doing anything but watching TV, but I made myself get out and walk a little bit. It started with 15 minutes. Then I ended up going to the gym for half and hour, and then tonight I did a 30 minute Pilates youtube video! I am even starting to enjoy working out!
I am only getting started on this journey, and there is so much more to learn!! I have read a ton of articles and of course had to take nutrition as a part of Nursing school, but I am by no means a fitness expert. All I can do is strive to keep learning new things every day and keep running towards my goals. I can't wait to hit the finish line!