Tuesday, January 23, 2018
In this third week of the new year, I may not be perfect but I am still working my plan and chipping away at my goals, revealing the rock solid core within!
At the beginning of the new year, I realized that for the past months (years?) I had only been able to stick to my plan 2 days of every week and going off track 5 days. In the first week of the year, I flipped it, sticking to my plan 5 days and failing to do so only two. How have the last two weeks been? Hmm… let’s look.
Ok, the 2nd week of the year, I stuck to my plan for five days and off for two. Last week, not so great, 3 on and four off. What went wrong? Well, it seems that in the week after my birthday, we had a little too much celebrating. A little too much chocolate left over from Christmas. And a couple nights where I said, ok, I guess I can have a glass of wine (or two) that I hadn’t planned for.
Enough is enough! Time to get back on track and stick to the plan.
I’m giving myself credit for staying on track with exercise, focusing mainly on ST and yoga, with just a little cardio for good measure. (Running!)
I’m still planning and preparing dinners in advance and tracking ahead of time, but I’ve stopped keeping a Beck checklist of things that I already do pretty automatically (eat sitting down, giving myself credit, weighing myself daily) or track somewhere else (exercise and nutrition on Spark). I stopped because I felt like I was doing most of the things, and the ones I wasn’t doing required a more strategic approach, i.e. figuring out and addressing WHY I wasn’t sticking to my meal plan (not enough advance planning and prep). Looking back at the checklist, I notice that there are a couple things that I could do more regularly, like reading my Advantages of Losing Weight card that reminds me WHY I am doing this and other response cards that remind HOW to fight back against cravings, and I will make that a regular practice.
There are times when my OCD list-keeping works for me and other times where it works against me. I think I’ve found a good balance for now.
This week’s dinners:
Monday: Shrimp and pasta
Tuesday: Chicken and sweet potato chili
Wednesday: Wonton vegetable soup (yes, cheating with prepared wontons)
Thursday: Chicken Sweet potato Chili
Friday: Salmon and vegetables
Next week, I want to make mediterranean lemon and olive chicken and enchiladas. Mmmm...
On other fronts… I have an appointment with an acupuncturist on Friday for my neck pain. Hopeful that it helps! (I’ve stopped taking all but a minimal amount of ibuprofen because of side effects.) I am also working on practicing my art more and I’ve done a few drawings, working up to painting.
Enjoy your day, my Sparkling friends!