Saturday, June 15, 2013
I've had days where I'm not perfect at this, and those days have been the biggest learning boosts, for me. They enable me to accept that it happens - and is going to happen - without feeling that I've ruined the whole experience and have to start from scratch. As simple as it sounds, the key lesson here is balance and moderation. Most days I stay active and right at my caloric intake. But when I don't, I no longer see it as a lost cause, and I don't berate myself for it. Instead, I accept my choice, and make as many positive choices as I can from that moment forward.
What I'm finding is that by being more forgiving with myself, I'm able to stay motivated, and it's becoming easier and easier to make healthy choices (even when I don't want to). There is no pressure here to be perfect or to live up to some arbitrary expectation that isn't even realistic. I'm ALSO finding, here at week 4, that my slip-ups are still healthy choices for slip-ups! My draw towards healthy, whole foods is stronger now than it's ever been.
I've leveled off at 6 lbs., and haven't seen the dramatic loss that I saw in the first 2 weeks. But I'm also working out more and noticing some muscle build-up and inch loss - I'm able to finally wear some of my old clothes! I'm not hung up on the scale. That's only a part of the whole.
I've started enjoying the recipe experimenting, too - I've met with success in the kitchen, and the meals are really good and healthy. Simple, too. My next goal is to try my hand at more baking - I want to pre-make some baked stuff for breakfast foods and healthy snacks. That way we can just grab and go. I've started collecting some great recipes off of sparkpeople - makes it so easy. Everything is right there. It's way easier to stay motivated and to meal plan than I thought that it would be.