Fresh fruit and veggies -- 5-8 servings a day
whole grains other than wheat
Dairy in moderation
Aspartame in MINIMUM moderation
Consciousness of Portions
Enjoying what I eat
Learning new ways to prepare veggies
5-6 meals at home nightly & less take-out
Planning meals for the week ahead of time
Bringing lunch to work
Refined white sugar (candy, cake, cookies, donuts etc)
Refined white flour/wheat
Potato chips or other junk food
Hating my body
Turning pain into art
Exercise & Tracking it
Using my sponsor
7-8 hours of sleep
Being honest with myself
Medication until no longer necessary
Keeping a journal/Blogging
This could be really fun if I look at it like there are way more YES things than NO things on this list.
I did pretty well yesterday, last night: not so much. I didn't binge but I wasn't eating the best things, and caved when the boys clamored for pizza. I had two slices of pizza which is actually fine, but that was a white flour crust and YOU KNOW WHAT?? For today that's fine because after months of not paying attention to what I eat I'm not going to excoriate myself over minor details like that. I tracked what I ate. That's huge.
I woke up pretty early this morning but couldn't get it up to exercise. But I got up early, and that's a baby step since I usually lay in bed until the very last second before I have to leave the house for work. I used my extra time this morning to clean up the kitchen a little and marinate the steaks we're grilling for dinner, which is nice because (ANOTHER BABY STEP) I have actually planned what we're eating one day in advance so I knew what I needed to do to prep it this morning.
STRUCTURE! I am one of those people that HHHHHAAAAAATES structure but DESPERATELY NEEDS IT at the same time. Not enough to follow Sparkpeople's food plan for me, that's too much. But I need to make a plan for myself and stick to it. If I don't plan, I flounder and take the easiest way out: take-out. Can't control the ingredients and can barely control portion sizes.
I KNOW that my whole family would be healthier and happier if I planned and cooked every night. I wish I didn't resent or dread doing it -- mostly because of the time it takes away from me...HOWEVER, I believe that if I plan well enough in advance I can have some things prepared so when I come home I'm not spending two hours cooking and cleaning and wishing I was in the studio making jewelry.
If I were really nerdy I'd make a nightly schedule to squeeze in all the stuff I want to do before bed: dinner, minor chores, make jewelry, read my book, Motorchicken practice. Maybe I can't do everything I want every night, but if I make a schedule I can get what I need to do done so I can do what I want to do.
Most organized types will read the above and roll their eyes and think, "NO DUH, EINSTEIN!" but this does not come naturally to me. I'm a sparklefairy spiral-thinking ADD creative type who starts washing dishes and ends up alphabetizing CDs and thinks she's still cleaning the kitchen.
Anyway, I know what I'm doing for today: I have my healthy lunch, I'm drinking my water, I'm going to track my food, I have some fun tea to drink, my dinner is in the works, and after the kitchen is clean, I have band practice with my husband. If I feel like squeezing 10 minutes of exercise in, I will. But I might not, and that's okay, because I'm going slow.
Tomorrow I am getting up early again and tonight I will have my water bottle in the fridge and lay out my workout clothes so I can jump right in them and I will do 10 minutes of the treadmill tomorrow and if I'm feeling particularly ambitious, I'll do a Firm Express video, but 10 minutes is the commitment I'm making.
It's really hot outside, but the sun is shining and it's a new day. YAY!