One of the most important things that you can do at the beginning of your weight loss journey is to find your “why”. Why? Because it’s your secret motivational weapon. Let’s just say you’ve made it through the honeymoon phase of weight loss…you might have lost some weight, and the scale is no longer budging. You want to throw in the towel, but you’ve already found your “WHY”. You think about it, maybe your why is to lose weight to fit into a swimsuit this summer. Maybe it’s to lower your cholesterol number. Whatever it is, dig deep and think about it. Think about your why every day.
I was listening to a podcast the other day and the host was raving about this book called “Lean Habits For Lifelong Weight Loss: Mastering 4 Core Eating Behaviors to Stay Slim Forever“. He was interviewing the author, Georgie Fear, who is a registered dietician. She appeared very smart and knowledgeable, so I bought the book for my Kindle.
I like to set myself up for the week as well as I can. This means that on Friday night, I spend about 30 minutes picking out dinners and making a grocery list for the following week. Then on Saturday, I go the grocery stores (I go to 4 to save money) for about 2 hours. When Sunday rolls around, I cook as many of those dinners as possible. It’s a well-oiled machine.
Balance. It helps you walk without falling over. It keeps money in the bank. And it is tremendously important to our health and wellbeing.
Not just in a weightloss sense, but our all over health…mind, body, and spirit. I suffer from anxiety and depression. When I go off balance, things can go very wrong. I go down rabbit holes of depression or spiraling anxiety, until I finally just stop and breathe. I step back, look at the different areas of my life and see what is out of balance. Maybe it’s sleep: am I staying up even 20 minutes later than normal? Maybe it’s negative self talk. How am I talking to myself? I go through the usual problem areas and I see what needs to be thrown back in balance.
Today, my physical health is off balance. I’m tired, incredibly tired. Looking back on the past week or two, I realized that while I’ve been sick, I’ve been pushing myself too much. So afraid of going backwards, I’m pushing myself into exhaustion. I have to let that guilty feeling I’m getting for not going to the gym go. When I’m sick, I need to rest. Period. It’s not failing to take time off when you are sick, it’s the healthy thing to do.
This is a picture of my NSV book. NSV stands for “non-scale victory” and it is any positive achievement that has nothing to do with the scale. For instance, maybe today you walked 3 blocks instead of 2. Maybe instead of eating a cheeseburger and fries at the fast food joint, you chose a salad instead. Those are NSVs.
This is how I handle food and cooking:
– Friday nights: make meal plan using Paprika.com app
– Saturdays: go to 4 grocery stores, which saves me money
– Sundays: cook dinners for Sunday through Thursday
This also makes lunches for the following day. It usually works out great as long as one of the links in the chain doesn’t come unlinked.
I’m fighting the urge to eat a 150 calorie Kind bar. I’m not even finished with my breakfast yet and I’m thinking I need a Kind bar. This is ridiculous. I’m going to get some water, drink it and set a timer for 20 minutes. If I still want/”need” the bar then, I will have it.
I didn’t eat the bar, I’ve made it to 2 hours to go in my workday. I’m still feeling snacky, am I hungry enough to eat an apple? No. Then what am I trying to feed? Maybe I’m thirsty, not hungry. I’ve just got to make it two more hours.
The struggle is real. I’m so hungry right now, but I won’t eat until dinner. I want to eat so badly. I ate some yogurt and blueberries at 3:15, so I doubt it’s real hunger. What am I trying to feed? I know what it is: I don’t feel well and when I am sick, I feed myself comfort food. I want comfort food. If I am tempted to eat something before dinner, I will try the trick that I used this morning…I will drink water and set a timer for 15 minutes. If after 15 minutes, I’m still hungry, I’ll eat an apple.
I’ll be blogging from time to time when I have something to say. I won’t really whine (too much). It’s just something clever to call my blog, and I happen to love wine! I’ve been on my weight loss journey since about 2005 on various programs. I’ve had the most success on Weight Watchers and, most recently, calorie counting on MyFitnessPal. As of 9/18/15, I’ve lost ~41 lbs, mostly on the Weight Watchers program. I just quit that about a month ago; I felt it was a time for a change after a few months of non-compliance.
This will be short, as I’m in the middle of something at the moment, but I’ll write more later! Thanks for reading.