One of my biggest weight-loss journey challenges I'm motivated to overcome is a lack of rhythm to my week.
What's rhythm got to do with it?
If I'm one step behind on everything I do, then I don't do so well, but if I'm right on, the pounds melt away.
It's hard to keep rhythm I need when I can barely walk without wincing, but I'm sure if I outsmart my knees, my hips and other cranky joints, then maybe I can do what I need to do to stay on track.
Recent ups and downs have taught me that it doesn't help to do the healthy shopping if one isn't going to do the healthy cooking, and it doesn't help to do the healthy cooking if one isn't going to have it ready to eat when I need to eat it.
I shop. I get busy. Food sits. Some goes bad. The rest doesn't turn into the meals I planned. Weight either holds steady, or I gain.
The trick is shopping on a day when I can immediately turn the food into something, have the energy to do so and pack the work lunches in advance so everything is all hunky-dory during the week. I pull that off, pounds start to melt.
The added benefit to my good weeks, I generally stay on board with my exercise a little better than otherwise.
It never helps to be one step behind. One thing gets pushed off, and then another. Then I'm driving through drive-thrus and skipping workouts.
It's time to get rhythmic.
My plan: shop on Tuesday, cook on Wednesday, pack lunches on Thursday and then repeat.
I could do that on a weekend, but for me weekends are out. Busy, busy, busy.
The problem I have this week, my rhythm's off already, so I have to shop tonight, and then to get back on track, I'll shop again on Tuesday. Tonight I'll just get enough to get by.
I think I just heard my stomach growl. That's not a great way to head off to the grocery store, but I think I have no choice. So I get to exercise my restraint muscle tonight. I get to see if I can go in and buy only what I need and nothing I don't.
Hopefully this rhythm thing works out for me. At least writing about it will remind me that I need to get it right this time!