Getting back to basics....
Saturday, December 02, 2017
I first and foremost want to thank those of you who commented on my last blog post. The comments were motivational, and some made me really think. The comment about stress eating and stress drinking really hit home, and gave me a lot to ponder this week. I truly appreciate that!!!
I am the type of person who is either all in or all out. My past approach to anything is that I hit the ground running, do well for a few days, and then burn out and go back to bad habits. This is where I've tried every fad "diet" plan out there - I want immediate results, and I feel like I am failing when I don't see the scale move within a day or so. This demotivates me to just drop it, and wait for the motivation to try the next "new thing".
At 42 years old, I cannot continue to do this. If I want to see long term results, I need to not only change my habits, but also change how I approach this aspect of my life. For this reason, I've decided to get back to the basics.
How can I determine what changes to make if I don't have concrete information on my current nutritional habits? I have always heard that weight loss is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise, and while I want to focus on exercise at some point, I've decided to tackle my nutrition first. With the holidays around the corner, I figured if I start there and get a handle on the fuel I put into my body, this will allow me to better focus on exercise after the 1st of the new year.
I've spend the past week truly, HONESTLY, tracking my food intake, and it was eye opening. For instance, my husband, youngest daughter, and I went to Olive Garden last night. I had a 9oz glass of wine, and just sampled about 4 dishes. I really didn't eat much, or at least I didn't think I had, but when I logged the food into my calorie tracker, it was almost 1000 calories for just that 1 meal. I can't imagine where it would be at if I actually ate all of the food!!!
While this is a much slower approach than I have had in the past, I am hoping it will allow me to form the necessary habits to focus on long term success. We have a family beach vacation planned for early June, and my goal is to be comfortable and confident in a swimsuit. I want to feel comfortable taking pictures with my husband and my kids, and have a truly happy smile on my face. By focusing on forming new habits, I know I can get there!!!