Feeling 'on top of things' is cyclical. Any where on the cycle is fine. When I'm on top I can't get too smug because tomorrow might bring a new challenge. When I'm feeling down I can't get too upset because I can use the lessons of the past to get me back up again and there is alto things to learn on this cycle for the future. Keep aware.
I had the most amazing summer! I ate right. I exercised. I lost weight. Now, things have slowed down. I'm not doing what I did, and it is getting tough. I need to keep going. That is what I'm learning. I must just keep going, especially when it's tough.
I read a few articles to help me with grazing in the evenings and weekends. One article suggested to 'bank' calories through the week, and then allow a little splurge on the weekend. The main thing to remember was to keep the average daily calorie for the week such that you remain in the weightloss range.
The other thing I saw said to include a little treat each day planned into the suggested calorie ranges. That is an interesting concept. Usually I go a little crazy when I start on a batch of cookies and I don't stop at one.
I've always had difficulty understanding what moderation is, but now I'm going to try these ideas. These concepts aren't new. Maybe I've heard this before, but I've always focused too much on creating a calorie deficit with exercise. Now, I'm going to work on the calorie deficit.
This month I've been doing the Spring Bootcamp Challenge and I've been doing great in the fitness and sparkpoints department. I've also been doing better in the nutrition area.
I've learned that having the extra push requires some structure. This time I've taken it from this challenge, but in the future I should push myself to create my own structure.
In any case I'm glad for this website and all it offers. I've accumulated lots of sparkpoints because I've been reading articles and forums and I've learned there too...
Oh and all this has gotten me closer to my short term goal of getting into 160's-ville. Only two more pounds! (I've been in 170's-ville for over a year, but it sure beats 190's-ville, where I started.)
Because I workout in the evenings, I've found that I have to eat my dinner in two parts. Part 1 is some times a smoothee or half of my dinner entree, depending on how much energy I need for my workout. Then, I get home and eat Part 2 which is often soup and toast or cereal and milk. It took me a long while to figure this out, and I was eating way too much after my workouts before I set up this method.
I've been learning that one way to combat my evening splurge is to simply pay attention. If I'm hungry, than I'll just go ahead an eat. If I just have cravings, I'll figure out a way to get out of the tempting situation or distract myself or simply let the feeling pass. It usually works. "This too shall pass."
i learned where i load up on cal is at work. Also that i dont drink enought water when i am at home.
TAKE THE INITIATIVEl
Don't sit around waiting for enought energy to get going. Get yourself moving and you'll create the energy necessary to keep you in motion. Do yu just not feel like doing anything? That's the time when you can make the biggest positive differnece for yourself by going ahead and taking action anyway. In ways small and largem your world right now is filled with opportunities to make a difference. Take the initiative. The only thing you need to take the first step is
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