Yesterday I was off work, lounging around, trying to talk myself into a pizza for dinner. I didn't do so hot at lunch, but I didn't REALLY want to keep on with the derailment. I know that if I let myself argue long enough, I will give in to pizza.
Instead, I told myself, lets just get something like hummus as a snacky thing, and I can eat as much as I want until I'm full instead of trying to stay in range. Sounded like a good compromise. Then I thought, it is SO nice out, how about I walk across the Big Dam Bridge http://www.bigdambridge.com/ since it's like a mile from the grocery store? It will be a leisurely 1.5 mile stroll. No pressure. Afterwards I'll grab my snack.
So I go to the bridge, and as I'm walking up a family is walking up...so I really push it so they aren't 2 feet behind me the entire time. I get kinda weirded out about stuff like that.
Long story short, I end up walking across the bridge, then running about a mile into the park and back, then back across the bridge. Total time 55 minutes, distance 3.4 miles. And I felt SO GOOD afterwards. Just getting out there is all I need to really make a great workout, I don't even need the motivation to do big things, I just have to talk myself into little things.
I went to the store and got the snack pack of hummus with the pretzels (by then I felt a little more inclined to portion control), as well as a protein shake chocolate milk (I was already feeling sore, and I was 20 g short of the days protein). I drank the shake on the way home because I was STARVING. By the time I got home, I was pretty full so I set the hummus snack pack aside. I'll eat it in an hour or two when I'm hungry again, I thought.
Well, I never did get hungry haha. I had that sucker for breakfast and it was delicious. All this is to say, it's ALL baby steps. All of it. If you make one bad decision, it can easily snowball into a mess. But, if you can just make one GOOD decision, it works the same way. It all adds up.