Wednesday, June 26, 2013
As I'm trying to develop healthy eating and exercise habits, I've been thinking about some of the biggest things that set me off track. I thought I would share them here, and see if anyone else struggles with these or has pointers to overcome them.
Downfall #1 - Waste Not, Want Not
My parents raised me to clean my plate if I wanted to dessert. If there was a food I didn't want to eat, it was always "think of the poor starving children who would love just one bite of that" and it definitely worked for me. The problem is, now 10+ years later, I simply can't bear to let any food go to waste, no matter how unhealthy it may be. I know this is seriously bad for my diet, and I've tried to overcome this by only purchasing healthy things and cooking healthy things. However, those occasions still arise where I need to bake a cake or a pie for company and I get stuck with the leftovers. I need to find a way to be OK with just throwing food away if I can't find people to give it to, but it is something I still struggle with big time.
Downfall #2 - All or Nothing
In my mind, my fitness and nutrition tracking week runs from Sunday to Saturday. Perhaps it's the way my Spark tracking is set up. A new week always begins on Sunday. The problem with this for me, is that if I get off my diet track at dinner on Monday, I just can't keep myself from thinking that I messed up the entire week, and stop tracking (dangerous, right?) until I can get back on track the following Sunday. And since I'm not tracking, that gives me license to eat and drink anything and everything that comes into my sight. This happens more often than I would like to admit, and it seriously hinders my efforts to get in shape.
Downfall #3 - Life Happens
Emotional eating, which I'm sure many can relate with, is the last big struggle I am going to share today. Despite the fact that I like to journal and find ways to let go of stress through prayer and exercise, I still find myself turning to food when I am busy, sad, happy or excited (which is probably a good percentage of the time). Sometimes I will go long periods without giving in, but inevitably it happens just when I least suspect it.
I just realized that these three things pretty much revolve around my eating habits, and don't hinder my fitness a lot. I am proud of the fact that I am pretty disciplined when it comes to exercise. There are some days when I just don't feel it, but most of the time if I skip a day I can pick myself right back up the next day and it's not that big a deal. I usually try to go first thing in the morning, before I have a chance to talk myself out of it.
What are your three greatest downfalls when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle? What tips or ideas do you have for me to overcome mine?