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.