Thursday, April 11, 2013
We honor it in elementary school and analyze it for the President, so why not look back on it here? Today is my 100th day with SP and that feels like something worth noting.
At day 21, I went on a rant about 21 days. I had always been told, "it takes 21 days to break a habit." That is not the case when it comes to my relationship with food, exercise, or stress. I realize now that this is a life-long emotional hero's journey - forever wavering between the threshold and transformation stages (English teacher references). In the grand scheme of things 100 days is barely anything, but these past 3 months have really allowed me perspective that I don't think I've ever had. Being able to take a step back and "diagnose" my responses to the triad of issues (food, exercise, & stress) helps me gain a healthy perspective and as a result a much healthier lifestyle.
Here are a few things I've learned with the help of professionals on SP, as well as members:
1.) Short term goals. Not weight loss goals, but goals that are attainable and contributing towards a happier and healthier lifestyle (i.e. veggie intake, minutes of exercise, stress management). Even if the numbers don't change on the scale, I'm still making progress that will make a difference in my future.
2.) Planning. Making lunch for the week keeps me in line everyday. Opening my lunch box eliminates temptations from the food line or not eating all day and then gorging at night. It also reinforces my veggie goals because they're hidden in there. I also know when I'm going to the gym, which keeps me in a safe schedule. I know that if I don't go to the gym from work, I'm not going, so I plan every night by packing my bag and leaving it in the trunk.
3.) Snacking. We're raised to acknowledge three main meals a day, but the reality of our metabolism is that small, portion controlled snacking is necessary. My afternoon snack keeps me going for the gym and prevents over-eating at dinner.
4.) Moving. It's hard for the first few days of exercising, nay, it's dreadful. But eventually you realize that the only thing worse than exercise is not exercising. It took me a full month to convince myself I needed to workout and I am so thankful I did.
5.) Day-by-day. I use SP everyday. The start menu alone helps me see my accomplishments as well as my goals for each week. It also forces me to take each week as just that - a week. I have seven days with seven goals and a weigh-in each week. If it doesn't pan out, I get to reset every Sunday morning and make the changes I wasn't prepared to make last week. When I'm stuck or feeling an emotional eating moment, I log on and I browse - whether that be the message boards, the articles, the videos - and I'm still finding new things on this site everyday. Not too mention this handy-dandy blog feature. It's my confidant, my therapist, and my reflection.
I only hope to continue moving forward from this point, to see another 100 days of improved confidence, body image, and nutrition. It's only just begun...