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"You can't be 100% all the time."

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

I am blessed to have health insurance that includes free wellness coaching sessions by phone or online. I just got off the phone from my third session, and one of the lessons I'm focusing on is the quote from this blog's title.

I am an all-or-nothing kind of girl. If I can't do all my way, then just tell me how you want it done. No hard feelings. But if I eat one thing beyond my daily calorie limit? Shoot, I might as well eat the contents of the refrigerator because I've already ruined my nutrition for the day.

My wellness coach said, "You can't be 100% all the time."

We are human. I am not perfect. There will be days that I stay in my calorie ranges, get in a workout, and chirp from the hilltops about how dedicated I am. And there will be days where I easily consume 2000 calories after 4:00 pm and my heart rate never rises above 110. The idea is to mitigate the lows into something more manageable.

Example: Yesterday, I really wanted a cookie at lunch. Did I track it beforehand? Nope. My mind instantly hissed, "You've ruined everything!" My appetite and love of food sniped back, "You want ruination? Take this!" and I ate three more cookies, two slices of honey oat bread, and a Valentine chocolate. (This was AT WORK, mind you. Imagine the shenanigans these voices can get up to at home.)

My coach counseled me to answer back in a different way: "I've ruined nothing. I ate a cookie. Get over yourself. I'll be sure to eat more veggies and fewer processed carbs at dinner."

So reasonable-sounding, isn't it? This is my new task and goal: to control the voices. (But there is one more sentence coming from my reasonable voice... "IT WAS WORTH IT!")

That's okay. Even the reasonable voice can't be 100% all the time.
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