Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I made a significant realization today. I had overeaten on Sunday, and I was feeling a bit guilty about that. On Monday, I was really bloated and exercise was AWFUL. However, that day I ate very clean and so on Tuesday I was much less bloated. I could tell the most when I stretched after exercise because it was easier to do a forward fold since my stomach wasn't in the way. :)
I was thinking about that today while I was running. It was a good run and I felt good and I think it was because I'd eaten cleanly for the two days before my run, so I wasn't bloated.
Then it occurred to me that whenever I overeat, I might get derailed not just because of the guilt and fear and the "screw it" hopeless mentality, but also because I get bloated and then exercise is terrible. That makes me feel even worse! And I'm much less likely to keep exercising regularly if I have a bad exercise day. I'm also less likely to eat cleanly if I'm upset over a bad exercise session. Which I know makes absolutely NO sense whatsoever, but I'm incredibly moody when it comes to my weight loss.
I'm realizing that my "small" indulgences don't just affect that one meal. They affect how I feel for 24 hours afterward, which includes my exercise time the next day. And that can lead to disaster for my healthy living goals if I feel discouraged for so long.
I was listening to the audiobook Never Say Diet by Chantel Hobbs ( is.gd/1T2njJ
) and she talks about "making food boring" to help curb my addiction to food. She suggests choosing clean foods I like but eating them for 4 weeks straight to take the decision making out of mealtimes and to make the meals boring to me.
I can see an added benefit of helping me eat cleanly without needing to think too much about it, which will help my exercise (no bloating) and that will keep up my motivation.
I just finished Never Say Diet today during my run, so I started on The Spark Solution. Looking forward to it!