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Practice makes perfect

Friday, November 16, 2012

For me, it really was that simple: move more, eat less. It wasn't that I wasn't exercising or that I was eating a lot of junk food when I gained weight in my 40s; I was eating too much - even of healthy foods; exercising, but still fairly sedentary; and indulging a little too often & a little too much at a time.

Even with the craziness of this week, I realized how much my healthy habits have become ingrained. When I could, I did a short toning video. When I had time to get out, I ran. When my siblings ordered rich chocolate desserts two nights in a row, I literally took 2 bites & called it a night.

Because I hadn't indulged a lot this week & I ran a hard 5 miles Wednesday. I chose to get a rich carrot cake cupcake for dessert. I ate half & gave the rest to my sister. Could I have finished the whole thing? You betcha. But I knew I didn't need it.

I actually felt as tho I lost weight, but I'll put on my tightest jeans today & see how they feel. I might go to a WW meeting tomorrow but I might not.

Yesterday ended up being utter chaos. They discharged my father unexpectedly & we had to scramble to pack up, move out of the room, find a place for our luggage while we waited for my BIL to pick us up (it's an hour & a half away & we'd been told an hr earlier that he was being discharged today).

And then I had to take the train home . . . almost another hour & a half . . . no time to get dinner but I always travel with food so I never have to worry about making poor choices while I'm traveling. I was still hungry when I got home, however & while I was trying to decide on what to eat I realized a banana would be perfect.

Healthy habits aren't built in a day or a week or a month. It take years of practice. It takes forgiving yourself when you don't get it right. It takes learning from your mistakes. It takes analyzing what works & what doesn't.

But practice long enough and healthy habits become second nature. Which doesn't mean you'll always practice them -- but you will more often then you won't.

Sometimes autopilot can be a good thing.
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    What a great thing to find that with all the stress and opportunity to do otherwise, you have learned what you really value....now of course, as you say, sometimes we don't always practice those healthy habits but when you find that you do more often than not, it really is a very good thing!

    BTW...glad to hear they sprung your dad, must be a good sign. Now....back to thoughts of your upcoming half and the taper you're on.
    2040 days ago
    You did great!!
    2040 days ago
    I see more and more of that ingrained behavior in myself, but still have a way to go. Very happy your dad is out of the hospital and that all went well. Wishing him a fast recovery. Hope Simba is doing better.
    2040 days ago
    emoticon your right, we just need to practice our healthy habits. Great power on just having 2 bites of chocolate. Continued success on getting fit/healthy and happy. emoticon emoticon Judy Have a great Thanksgiving emoticon Judy
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    Love your decision making process.
    2040 days ago
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