Oh Living Social, it's like you know me personally:
Talk about target marketing. How did they know I knock myself out with hard core workouts and then binge eat on cupcakes?
Although I have a hard time passing up a bargain, I prefer to be done with the eat/gym/eat cycle at some point in the near future. I'd like to be awesome at life, which means:
- Not obsessing about food;
- Enjoying running - but feeling ok if I need to skip a day to enjoy other things, too; and
- Using a little bit of anxiety to enhance performance - but not letting it get out of control.
So, how does one become awesome at life? This article ( www.businessinsider.com/
) suggests there are six things you need to do:
1. Pursue what you love. Easier said then done - the stuff I love doing (running, writing) doesn't pay me to, well, continue doing the stuff I love doing. But the fact that I prioritize and make time for these things outside of work helps keep me balanced.
2. Do the hardest work first. This is all about delaying gratification. I think this means tackling the things that make me most anxious early on in the day rather than putting it off.
3. Practice intensely. Well, I'm not going to practice eating for 90 minutes at a time as suggested by this article, but perhaps I should approach every meal time as I would a training run - simply a practice in staying mindful.
4. Seek expert feedback. I don't have individual access to experts in disordered eating like Dr. Davis or Dr. Peeke, but I read as much as I can. I welcome non-expert feedback on my blogs.
5. Take regular breaks. If something feels too overwhelming or I believe I'm about to lose a battle with anxiety - or food choices - I turn to the "Two P's" - doing something pleasant or productive.
6. Ritualize practice. I'm not sure about this one. I'd much rather stay away from my addictions, but I guess it's not going to set me up for success during the times I can't avoid them (like delivering on my promises to bake cookies for my husband). Perhaps it's focusing on the small daily wins (like not stopping by vending or buying cookies from my workplace cafeteria) and then adding in "practice" challenges (like baking Wheat Belly cookies instead of regular cookies) that can help me when I'm around the real deal.
So it turns out it takes several hours of daily practice to achieve excellence. I'll need to prioritize my time appropriately. The good news is I have every minute of every day to practice being the best version of myself that I can be.