Monday, April 22, 2013
It happens. We're doing great, motivation is high -- and we hit a bumpy patch.
My bumpy patch comes right before dinner, that half hour when I could literally eat the entire fridge. Last week I got stuck in traffic and that meant I didn't get dinner until an hour and a half later than usual. I was ready to eat an entire tub of peanut butter, but I stopped, took a deep breath, and whipped up some poached salmon instead.
Or last week when I had a mega stressful day at work and wanted to vanish into a pint of ice cream, thank you very much. Instead, I reminded myself this stressor would pass, but my motivation to get healthier would last.
So what helps beat back the bumpy patches?
1. Self talk. I remind myself there's nothing I can't eat, I just have to eat in moderation. I remind myself that I can do this! I'm a strong person. Is it hard? Sometimes yes, but you know what, being overweight is hard too. I'd rather chose facing down my Hagan Dazs craving than the lack of energy that comes from toting around extra weight my body and my heart don't need.
2. Think about times in the past I've faced a difficult situation and come through it, and learn from those successes. One motto that helps "sacrifice now for success later." I may not let myself eat that entire carton of Ben and Jerry's, but it's a small sacrifice for such a bigger win down the road.
3. Spark. I read other people's motivational blogs, check out their pictures, and realize they don't have any magic that I don't have. They show me it IS possible if you remain committed. Just reading about how woman on Spark discovered her waist again for the first time in years has been enough of a motivator to stop me in my tracks when I want to plunge a spoon into a vat of Nutella. Imagine how great that must feel, to finally realize you have a waist? That feels 10 times better than the temporary pleasure of chocolate.
4. Why I'm doing this. I look at my girls. I want to be there for them for a long time. I want to set a good example. I look at myself. I've been thin before, and I remember how it felt -- the energy I had, the pride that came with the accomplishment and with feeling healthier day in and day out.
5. Distractions! Turn on a funny TV show. Watch Veep. Watch Mad Men. Walk around the block. Peruse the web. Play with the dog. Anything to get your mind off whatever food is obsessing you. I'm always amazed how doing something completely different works at derailing a craving.
6. The temporary hunger pang -- the stressful challenge -- the bumpy patch WILL pass. You may not be able to control all that happens, but you CAN control how you respond to it. We have so much more control than we realize.
We can do this!!!!!! Here's to finding my waist again! :)