Last week I set a goal for myself, one that is simple really. I vowed to lead a healthy lifestyle; this may sound like the usual resolution and your’e right if you’re rolling your eyes saying “Julie you know you’ve tried this before”. The only difference is that I didn’t just decided to lose weight, this time I said I was taking back control of my health.
This may seem like a slight difference but to a mind like mine it’s a MAJOR difference. Let me try and explain how my usual thinking works.
So if I set a goal to lose weight and have a target of say 30 pounds, generally I achieve it. I did it quite publicly here on my blog in the past. So my pants will fit well, I’ll lose the back fat and feel pretty damned good about myself. BRAVO Julie right? Wait, no applause yet because soon enough I’ll succumb to my cravings for the foods I stuffed into my diet in the past. These foods will go from a “treat” to a regular choice and soon enough I’ll have gained back the 30 pounds.
This time I’m making conscious efforts to change my thinking patterns, to learn to crave veggies instead of resentfully loading my plate with them to lose weight. One day at a time I’m ignoring the 10 billion thoughts of delicious, fatty foods that enter my head….
It’s been proven in my life that I can beat any battle if I focus on just one day. I’ve retrained my thinking in regards to alcohol, now I’m doing this with foods. Instead of eliminating them completely this time, I’m learning to enjoy the foods which are healthy for me and indulging in moderation. Right now that’s working.
I’m also moving more, I’m finding small ways to move my body throughout the day (like power walks in the snow) and going to the gym with friends. Hey, I’m a ridiculously social creature so I’m using this to my advantage. I have some great ladies who have invited me to join them and the encouragement has gotten me off the couch and moving.
Synopsis of Week #1
This week I’ve surprised myself, I moved much more than I would have in the past and it was done with a willing heart. That’s the amazing part! I actually looked for ways to get moving and although I was a wee bit enthusiastic at times (bloody sore muscles) I kept my body moving.
I lost 4 pounds, did 3 hours of exercise and have managed my pain levels in order to keep going. I also ate 1200 calories per day, in a healthy way. I use a fitness app to track my calories eaten and exercise, it’s MyFitnessPal.com and it’s really helped me to keep everything in order. Left to my own memory I’d be way over calories daily.
So in the end I’m really excited about these changes. This week I’m focusing upon pre-planning meals and will be sharing a few recipes here with you all.
How did you do, did you make some healthier changes this week?