Saturday, April 27, 2013
I love it when I've detoxed for a couple of weeks, and my energy levels skyrocket, my confidence increases, and I start to see and feel positive changes in my body like better cardiovascular endurance and mental clarity. So that's where I'm at right now. I'm no longer tempted by junk, though I accept that I may be in the future. Right now, I am enjoying only wanting to fuel my body with wholesome food and engaging in moderate exercise. I'm in the middle of Couch-to-5K, learning to tame the hare and embrace the tortoise. Usually, I go full bore into an unsustainable routine, and it's hard for me to accept where I'm at instead of obsess over where I think I should be.
It's hard to be patient sometimes, too. I spend these first several weeks thinking a lot about meal planning and scheduling time for exercise, and then the energy in carrying it out. But by far, it's the emotional energy that it takes that can be draining. But I've been here before, so it's kind of like riding a bicycle--a little wobbly. I have to remind myself what appropriate portion sizes look like. But I remember general principles--five to six small meals a day, combine a protein and a carb at each, as many veggies as I can eat, lots of water (that one is easy for me!), limit or eliminate refined/processed foods, etc. Exercise needs to include resistance/weights for weight loss (easy since I love to lift) and cardio (blah!) for CV health. And so on. Basic principles that work every time, if given enough time. And that's the hard part. About two weeks in, I start thinking, "Hey, I've been going to the gym. Why don't I look like everyone else?!" Of course it's silly, and of course I know the answer, but it sure feels like I've been doing a lot of work for minimal results.
But results (pant size reduction, mostly) will come, if you play the tortoise. And yes, I get discouraged because I feel like I have so much weight to lose (Hello, two five-gallon bottles of water!), but the time will pass whether I'm trying to live healthy or go back to my unhealthy ways.
"A year from now, you'll wish you had begun today."
"Begin where you are at."