Update & Overcoming Diet Procrastination Prompt #1
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
So, these last few days I’ve been kind of out of it and I haven’t really been doing my journaling so much. By journaling I don’t mean writing down how I feel I mean I keep a journal of Coach Lauren Wardell’s 8 step process. These past few days I just haven’t felt like doing it and I was kind of feeling bad about it. However, right now with everything else that I have going on that just seems like added stress. I know that sounds bad because my health should be my priority, but right now I am going through exams so I have quite a bit on my plate. That’s also why I wasn’t able to make the call for my Vitality Group live last night. So, I listened to it today, and Lauren really touched on a lot of the things that I have been going through as did Terri. When we don’t do things because our lives get in the way we don’t have to beat ourselves up for that we just have to trust that when we are ready we will get back on track with it. She also talked about the power of journaling your feelings either to prevent a binge, or after a binge so that you can let out all of the pent up energy. I definitely have been going through a lot this week where I want to just totally binge out but I can rely on my journaling to let those emotions out now instead, it’s a much healthier way. As far as today goes I just got done a 1 mile Leslie walk. I know it’s not much but with everything going on right now I barely had the energy for that but I am trying to make a commitment to myself to work out for at least 10 minutes a day to build up my consistency.
Overcoming Diet Procrastination Prompt #1
Losing weight has been a goal for me ever since I was in Elementary School. I remember one of my friends came over one time and we did my Richard Simmons workout tape…so it’s been quite a while for me. I think starting in high school when I joined Sparkteens and then Sparkpeople is when it became my number one goal and it has been ever since. So about 5.5 years. When I first started out on Spark People I would go back and change my start date all of the time if I wasn’t reaching my goals exactly how I wanted to. I’m kind of a perfectionist and when I wasn’t losing 2lbs a week to reach my goal by that certain date that I had set then I felt that I had failed. However, whenever something would go wrong on my plan which it did and still does quite often I would quit and give up. That’s partly because I did used to make these crazy plans for myself and I calorie counted a lot but even though I was calorie counting and I sometimes lost weight I felt sort of deprived not so much because I was cutting things out of my diet but because at the day I would feel crazy hungry. Part of my issue is that I am a vegetarian and since I don’t eat meat I don’t tend to get a lot of protein in which is something that I really need to work on. I think when I go back home to attend Shepherd that I might do protein drinks for breakfast in the mornings to get that boost of protein first thing. When I used to change my start date all of the time it’s like I said before that I am a perfectionist and I felt like a failure if I didn’t reach those crazy goals. When I used to change my start date all of the time it really made me feel defeated and like I couldn’t do it because I wasn’t able to lose those 2 pounds a week. Now I don’t change my start date. I just go from wherever I am at at the present moment. Sure I may have binged the night before but that doesn’t mean I am going to spend the whole next day binging that would just make me feel gross. So instead of setting a new start date I say hey Emma, try to have a healthier day today, and when I do that and when I listen to my body I usually do. Right now I am just focusing on the small steps like getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day, or drinking as much water as possible, or eating my 4.5 cups of veggies per day. I don’t set unrealistic goals for myself instead I set small attainable ones that I like doing and that make me feel good! Plus, a lot of times when you do those small things it helps to already make you feel a ton better! I feel so good when I get my fruit and veggies in everyday, plus it takes up more space where I’m not eating so much garbage! All of the small steps add up to the big ones!
Today I am proud of the fact that I didn’t let the stress of it being exam week “prevent” me from getting my workout in!
Today I am grateful for the fact that I made time in my day to listen to last night’s teleclass because it really helped my motivation out! I love it!
I hope that everyone has a fantastic day!!