Today was a confusing day, success-wise. I started out rockstar mode: I got up at 4:20, had coffee, and went to the gym and did all but 1 exercise of my weightlifting routine. I killed it! I came home, made a healthy smoothie, and drank that. I packed a healthy breakfast and lunch. Aces, right? Well…
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.
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.
I tricked myself again. It’s a pattern I have, I have a plan be it fitness related, or diet related, and when the time comes to do said activity, I talk myself out of it.
This time, it was the gym. I didn’t go yesterday because hubby wanted to go today, but today his body hurts a lot and he can’t go. Rather than go without him, I have talked myself out with the following:
I weighed in this morning and I’m up by 4 ounces. I’m not going to sweat it though because I’m going to try to focus on fat loss rather than pounds. However, this does not take away the slight disappointment I feel. I only weigh once a week. This is to keep my focus on getting healthy and not get derailed by numbers. Last week, I began taking my body fat measurements with a skinfold caliper too. I don’t expect to see a drop in those numbers on a weekly basis. It would be really nice, but I don’t think it’s realistic.
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.