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What I have learned this time for 2013

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I was reading a blog by someone on the Insanity thread. They talked about their struggle with food tracking. I can relate. My food tracking was terrible because I wanted an exact calorie count for my meals. I would get frustrated if I couldn't find exactly what I needed. But then I realized I needed to focus on progress not perfection. I learned how junk food easily wiped out my daily calorie allotment. Now that I have been tracking for almost two months I pretty much know how I want to eat each day. If I feel like I am starving I go to my "free" foods by adding a large salad or putting more veggies on my plate. When I feel a sugar attack coming I include it with my count or make that day a cheat day. I don't try to fight it. I am far enough in my journey to know how to allow myself a cheat day and get right back on track. I don't focus on what I can't have because the knowledge I have gained about this new lifestyle is far better. I am learning how to make realistic choices without feeling like I am compromising. If I find myself in a slump I refocus by thinking about what I can control. Things like low cholesterol, no diabetes, a healthy heart and lungs, going up a flight of stairs without getting winded. These are not things I knew when I started this journey. I am not perfect and I don't have to be. Each day I make a healthy choice makes my goal of a healthier lifestyle inevitable.
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