Building Good Habits
Friday, August 01, 2014
I haven't been able to do my usual activities/exercises due to poor air quality ( 2 major forest fires in my area) and high heat & humidity.
Fortunately I have mostly good food in the house so I didn't do too much damage with my diet.
Today I realized that I was having a real attitude problem....why? Because I haven't worked out since Monday! Since starting SP in April I have really only allowed myself 1 day off of exercise in a row (OK, there was a really bad week where I took 3-4 days, but that was an exception). So not working out for 2 days was making me tense and anxious. I was/am worried about losing my stamina and strength, worried about gaining weight, worried about falling off the wagon and not getting back on.
Now that I realize it was "only" 2 days, I feel a little silly about how stressed I was getting. But on the other hand...it is kind of exciting that I have been so successful at making lifestyle changes that 2 days had that kind of impact.
Of course, being a member of a team for the Summer 5% challenge was also on my mind. We support the team by adding our daily work out minutes to the team totals for the week. Challenges and Spark Streaks work really well for me...I definitely feel a responsibility to complete my required tasks.
As a side note, I'm not sure if I have mentioned this before, but my taste in food is changing too. I am more conditioned to tart/sour foods (meaning that I am enjoying vinaigrette whereas before I was all Ranch all the time), and I am choosing foods that are a bit spicier than what I used to eat (went from mild to medium salsa, making my own salsa with actual jalapeño peppers, etc.)
The point here is that by being dedicated to the consistency of the lifestyle changes I have set for myself, it is actually getting easier to stay on track and I am enjoying things that are actually better for me.
It has only been 3 months, the changes are slow, I have several NSVs, and I know that the scale and the clothing size will follow...I just have to be patient and persistent.