Habits, habits, habits..
Friday, May 10, 2013
Okay, so last year I was completely burnt out from what felt like always being on a diet. I put my scale away for a month, decided to not worry and just focused on a structured schedule with regular meals and portion control. At the end of the month I had actually lost weight without stressing out over counting every calorie and minute exercised.
So now fast forward, I pulled that dratted scale back out and went back to my old habit of weighing every day and if the scale said something positive I would eat more thinking I had the flexibility..sigh..at that point I joined spark because I knew that I needed to get back on track. So what I've found is that I use the scale as a crutch to allow me the flexibility of overeating more on a particular day - very unhealthy!
I want to go back to my newly created habits of regular meals in portion controlled sizes without an allowance for overeating because the scale said it was okay..also, I want to go back to not thinking about food, diet and exercise every minute of the day and focus on living a full life with the healthy part being automatic.
I have officially put the scale away and it will come back out on June 10. For me this is going to be about creating a healthy sustainable lifestyle of normal eating without the crutch of constant weighing. I have a clear idea of what, how much and how I should be eating so I just need to make it habitual.
I read somewhere that it actually doesn't take 28 days to create a new habit..it takes 2 months of consistency. So I am going to shoot for 60 days of consistency..
1. Healthy breakfast every morning ..early (I have the tendency to skip breakfast and rush out the door if I don't focus on this)
2. Teas and lemon water throughout the day.
3. Fruit and soy milk for a night time snack if needed
4. More calories for lunch and then a lighter dinner with room for the night time snack.
5. Enjoyable exercise that I look forward to at least 3 times a week.
Today I've been doing well on the nutrition front. I have my 30 minutes of exercise scheduled for this evening.