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Monday, January 13, 2014

Will I ever have this journey completely figured out? I'm beginning to think part of making these changes and getting them to stick is accepting that I will never be perfect with it. There will be times I eat crap or don't work out. There will be times where I gain a few pounds. What I need to learn is to forgive myself those slip-ups and not let them hold me down. One bad day does not mean I have to undo all the good I've accomplished. Missing a few workouts doesn't mean I should just throw away the strength and fitness I've achieved so far.

I keep trying to remind myself of how good it feels to walk up stairs and not get winded. Or to be able to slide into a booth in a restaurant without fearing I can't fit. Or how while I hate every second of it while I'm doing it, I can actually hold a plank position now! I couldn't do any of those things at the beginning of September. It's okay to be proud of myself for these small changes! It's okay to use them to get me through the harder times.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately as I not only rebound from the holidays and my knee injury, but as I come off a bad eating day yesterday.

Yesterday was not my best day eating wise. I got my workout in and I tracked everything I ate (oh the horrors of those calories in black-and-white). With the workout calories burned, I was within range, but sometimes I wonder about my brain and the why of everything. Like I keep reminding myself - all I can do is not beat myself up about things, learn from it, and move on.

I'm pretty sure the culprit yesterday began with me sleeping in way later than I normally allow myself to do (usually up at six on weekdays and eight on weekends, but slept until 11am) and I missed breakfast. Then, when I finally got some motivation to get out of bed and face the day, I grabbed crap rather than taking a few minutes to put together something healthy. The only real meal I had yesterday was dinner and the rest was snacking.

Positive side: I worked out for forty minutes. The gremlin voice was strong at points, convincing me I'd already messed up my food and what could one day hurt away from working out? Stupid gremlin voice. Finally, at around two pm, I stuck with my normal trick to get myself working out - I forced myself to give it ten minutes. If ten minutes in, I still don't want to do it, I can stop. I think I've only actually stopped once in five months.

So the day wasn't all bad. Must learn to focus on the positive more! Must take stock of the good as well as the bad!

Now that I'm getting back into my daily routine after the holidays, I think my goal for this week is to get back to meal planning and actually cooking those planned meals. No eating out or snacking to replace meals. Also, continue to struggle with my sodium intake. Some days I can do really good and then other days, I don't even realize the amount of sodium until I run my report at the end of the day.

Have a great week everyone! Let's all use those non-scale victories to keep us motivated!
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    great job recognizing your progress. i read something about the gremin, i think it was a SP article actually. anyway i can relate lot. my biggest one right now is when I get to the end of the day and I know Im already over my calories, I say to myself "whats a little more over?" I have been trying to tell that voice to shut up, and even if I feel like I DO need a snack to have a small one and not go crazy. What is also crazy annoying, is that after exercising I dont have a snacking appetite ( i exercise at night, not a morning person), but if I dont exercise its all i can do too keep from grazing. well my 'friend' is in town, so thats got to be part of it. emoticon emoticon
    1427 days ago
  • VALYNN26
    It's hard not to beat ourselves up. I am having a hard time with that this week, then I think back and I have had several small nsv's this week. We need to focus on the positive & keep on going. emoticon
    1428 days ago
    emoticon These are some great tricks of the trade. I think this is why I love the goal board on the start page because it helps me to see my NSV's right there on the screen. So when I start back sliding, I can shake it off and say "wait, I did that!" emoticon and keep up the great work!
    1428 days ago
    Great job working out. I'm going to try that 10 minute thing. I always seem to talk myself out of exercising. Sounds like you have some good, attainable goals. emoticon
    1428 days ago
    Nice job getting your workout in! One day at a got this!
    1429 days ago
    You've got some great strategies - love your "just ten minutes" workout trick - and the NSVs are incredibly important. As for perfection, here's my thing. I believe in 80%/20%. If I can "stick" to my healthy eating plan 80% of the time, I've done good! The other 20%, my goal is to stop eating whatever it is when I'm just not quite full. As long as I do that, I'm golden.

    You're doing very well indeed!
    1429 days ago
    NSV are just as amazing as scale ones. It's hard to remind ourselves of the good we accomplished and that yes we aren't always perfect. This is something I struggle with alot myself and especially rebounding from the holidays like yourself. But we can totally do this as long we just keep chugging along! Keep up the great work! :)

    1430 days ago
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