Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Reflections on the Physical

So you all know I've been really focusing on the physical aspect of my life for my happiness project: what I eat, how I look, and keeping fit and I'm proud to say that it was a big success.  Even though in May there was Mother's Day, my birthday celebration with Andy, celebration with my girlfriends, and celebration with my coworkers, a surprise 50th birthday party, a surprise 30th birthday party, Memorial Day, and my mom's birthday, which would usually have caused a major weight gain, I still managed to lose 5.5 lbs.  It could have been better, but it certainly could have been worse.  It was a great exercise in self-control.  Even though I still have a long way to go, I'm happy with my progress.

There was definitely days where I felt like I was fat and disgusting and I just wanted to eat away my feelings, but in a day or so those feelings would dissipate.  Even though sometimes I felt like it was slow going, I knew I was doing right and I should just keep on trucking on even if I would rather have buried my face in a bag of doritos.

There were definitely a few times I fell off the wagon.  Like a late night run to McDonalds, a few too many cocktails at a party, an extra slice of cake, but instead of saying, Ok, I'll just pig out this week and start fresh on Monday, I fixed it right away and got right back on track.

Here are some tips that helped me this month:
1.  Do not pick off of Isabella's plate and watch the bites, licks, and tastes that accumulate throughout the day.

2.  Exercise.  It's the single best thing I do for myself.

3.  When going out to dinner, plan ahead.  Look at the menu ahead of time and decide what your getting and stick to it, so this way your not tempted to get something that's really unhealthy.

4.  Indulge in moderation.  If I'm craving chocolate and I decide that I'm going to forgo it completely, I wind up eating a ton of chocolate anyway instead I plan small indulgences.  So if I really want chocolate, I'll have a few dark chocolate covered pomegranates.  This way I get my chocolate without falling off the wagon completely.

5.  Don't get too hungry.  If your blood sugar drops too low you'll be a raving bitch.  A skinny one, but a meanie.

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Alex said...

wooo hoo great job!! its always so hard to get caught up in all the eating when there is a lot going on...

Thank you for sharing those great tips!

Resourceful Red said...

5.5lbs is great!!! Keep it goin sister :)

Rachel said...

Great job! This is a big inspiration! I was very dedicated for 3 weeks and then hurt my knee and now I feel like a cow. Love how that happens. At least you know that if you keep it up (ie. eat better when you can't workout) that you will still feel good. Congrats to you for keeping up the good job and inspiring other!

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