Friday, June 07, 2013
It's interesting how, as I become more and more dedicated to being healthier, old habits just don't seem appealing anymore. I wasn't feeling great this morning, so I said screw it, today will be a cheat day. (I didn't get one on Tuesday. DRAMA HAPPENED. So much for fun beach day. Oh, well.)
In the past (lol last week), this would have meant gorging myself on burgers and candy. But soon afterwards I realized okay, so I want to eat like crap because I feel like crap. But one is causing the other and it will just be a vicious cycle. Eating a greasy burger is not going to make me feel any better. I also know that PMS and lack of sleep are also urging the unhealthy habits - and that PMS is helping the lack of sleep. Another catch-22.
So, I compromised. I allowed myself some high-calorie treats, then came home and ate veggies for dinner. Only went over calories by about 150, still stayed on target for carbs, fat, and proteins, still worked out and accomplished all of my other daily goals. And I don't feel guilty at all - I indulged myself appropriately, but I didn't use it as an excuse to be a blob. And after eating a healthy dinner, rehydrating, taking my vitamins, and working out, I feel SO much better. WAY better than I would have if I had stuck to the original burgers-and-candy plan.
The more sleep goal is getting there - I've gotten at least 6 hours 5 days this week. So that's a significant improvement for me. But I still need to make that a 7/7, and then hopefully bump that up to 7-8 hours. Been reading more and more how vitally important sleep is, and how intrinsically it's linked to weight loss and gain, so. I don't want to ruin all my progress just because I couldn't put myself to bed at a reasonable hour like a big girl.
So with that, I bid you all good night, and hope that you're progressing along with your journey as well. It's slow-going sometimes, but the little victories make all the difference!