Knowing what to do, having the will power to do it
Saturday, July 05, 2014
The title is borrowed from a comment made by PMRUNNER on one of my previous blogs, where I was talking about needing to start tracking calories properly again. I've been thinking about this a lot over the last week as I've been getting back into the habit of tracking my calories.
I've adjusted my spark people weight goal to be back at my goal-weight within a month, which then automatically adjusted my calorie range down by about 300 calories. For some reason when that happened, I knew that I was actually committing to actively getting my eating habits under control again.
And that's when I realised that what I'm doing is not actually a diet, it is re-gaining control over my food intake. It's becoming aware, once again, of how many calories are in the foods that I'm putting into my mouth, and also knowing when to stop and tell myself that I've had enough now. Of course it's hard, but if this were easy no one would ever have a weight problem!! More than that, I'm also become a bit more aware of taking time to be active every day. I do have a good running regimen, but I understand now that that is so much a part of my life, that I need to add other exercise to help the weight drop. I'm not doing anything extreme - just making sure I head out for a ten to twenty minute walk on days when I'm not running. Small, manageable changes, just like I already know.
I've also started tacking my weight with myhackerdiet. My Sparkpeople weigh-in is weekly, but again, I was noticing that I was becoming selective for which day I would weigh in (the slightly lighter one, of course!!); Using the my hacker diet tool, I'll be tracking a weekly average, instead. This will hopefully keep me more honest with myself.
It does take will power. There are so many tools out there to help us, but it's my choice to use them, and to use them properly. They help me to do what I know I need to do, but more importantly, what I know that have the will to do.