The mental game of it.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Today, I am sparked to blog about something from spark coach. The text lesson said " Think about how you've evolved in your diet, workouts, and even in your attitude about healthy living these past few months." I have been thinking about the many changes I have made since I started my dedication to be a healthy diabetic in 2011. First, I have lost 25 pounds. Problem, I have gained and lost the same 5 pounds since January. Second, from Spark- I have gained knowledge about nutrition, fitness and health in general. So I know what to do. Problem- I know realize that I have to get into the mental part of the journey. I've got to get my head in the game. I know that I need to eat within calorie range. I know I need to eat more protein. It works best if I have two meatless meals and two grain free meals a day, or 1 meat, 1 grain. The rest I make up with fruits and veggies. I just need to do it. I know I need to exercise at least 45 minutes a day, and add three days of strength training to the mix. I just need to do it. Third, I've gained support. I started this journey feeling isolated and alone, on break from work. I've gained a workout partner and get great support from Spark, from blogging, to message boards, spark friends and goodies. My family still doesn't get it, but we are making small steps. For most nights, I can cook a healthy dinner and they don't complain. I can't blame the stalling on lack of support. Again, it's a mental thing. Yesterday is a great example. I had a really good healthy day. According to the healthy lifestyle scale, I was in the 24 range. I drank water, I ate in range with fruits and veggies, I exercised, and I put myself to sleep at a decent hour. THEN, after wrapping up the day, I ate cold sausages. The question I have today is the why? Why did I ruin a perfectly healthy calorie range? Why do I eat something that I know is yucky, bad for me, full of cholesterol and nitrates and sodium. Again, it's a mental thing. So, HOW DO I GET MY HEAD IN THE GAME? How do I take all the knowledge, the great plan and implement it? It might be as simple as the NIKE commercial. I just need to do it. So today, I'm going to eat in range, with my servings of fruit and veggies. (Asian stir fry for lunch, spaghetti sauce and veggie sauce for dinner.) I am going to water aerobics. I'm drinking water, and green tea. I'm taking my meds. I'm earning the max number of spark points. I'm working on the garage sale project. It will be a healthy day. and when the urge to derail the train comes, when I want to self sabotage, I commit to blogging first, using the message boards, emailing my accountability partner. Then if after reaching out and trying to identify the issue behind the urge, I still CHOOSE to de-rail, I will know it's a conscious choice. and that I can work on.