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Hitting the reset button

Thursday, April 02, 2015

It's ironic to read my last blog post, as I see that Thanksgiving trip as the beginning of a downward spiral that I am just now recovering from. I'm not going to dwell on all that happened, and why I gave up on all the healthy habits I had been working on. It's time to take stock and focus on what I can do to move forward again. So here's what I've done:

- Reset my daily eating to the low-carb plan that I have had great success with in the past
- Recognize that there will be times I cannot adhere strictly to that plan and do the best I can to not get too derailed
- Allow myself a few (3-4) alcoholic drinks each week
- Do some form of movement for 30 minutes 5x/week. Try some new activities.
- Do not require myself to get up early to exercise every single morning. I have some chronic health issues that affect my energy. Listen to my body and energy level and respect that some days I will be less active than others.
- Take melatonin right after dinner to help promote a good night's sleep; I've also cut back on coffee to 20oz max daily before noon.
- Focus more on feeling good rather than how much weight I have lost. Losing weight is akin to watching paint dry, and watching the scale move like a turtle is not motivating. To that end I have changed my ticker to reflect the number of fitness minutes each month, and will weigh myself once a month.
- Engage a counselor to work with me on my emotional eating and body image issues, as well as possible depression.
- Wear clothes that fit me well right now, at the size that I am and not the one I wish I was.
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  • IC0ME1ST
    "Recognize that there will be times I cannot adhere strictly to that plan and do the best I can to not get too derailed"- That there my friend is so valuable!
    Just keep swimming! (I know you swim I mean like Dori emoticon )
    2205 days ago
    Right there with you! Nothing we can do to change the past..... but today is in our hands!

    Sounds like you have a few ideas to start yourself moving in a different direction! You are so right, the scale can be stubborn and not rewarding! I love changing your ticker to reflect your fitness minutes. This is something you have more control over than the pounds lost! It is actually reflective of the effort you put in, regardless of what Mr Scale says!

    One choice at a time! Let's do it!

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    2210 days ago
    Great plans which I'm sure will keep you in the driver's seat of your life!

    You're singing to the choir, re: low carb. I find a carb consumption at roughly 50% of what the Nutrition Tracker recommends is ideal for me with my carbs coming from yogurt, legumes and fresh fruits primarily and occasionally a "treat" of "clean" (no sugar, no butter) oatmeal.

    I would have never accomplished all the changes I've made in my life had it not been for the hard work my therapist and I have done over the years and STILL do! Hoping you find a "gem" of a therapist like I have.

    2210 days ago
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