Since the wedding, things have not really settled down. I'm lucky to have a vacation home, and while I do relax alot when I'm there, it does take some time travelling back and forth, keeping food stocked at home and at the beach, and constant entertaining, cooking and laundry. First world problems as my son would say. Everything is relative.
Now it's back to school time, and I spend a few days at my brothers each week, splitting the time with my mom, as my brothers children go back to middle school and high school and all the activities that go with out, all the while missing their beloved mom.
Now for the issue at hand; our journey to better health. My, how easy it is to slip back into old habits. Not just with food, but with life. You know it takes about 21 days to day to change a habit.
Why then can old habits slip back much more quickly, sometimes practically overnight? Because we are trying to change eating habits, old eating patterns, and avoid foods that most of us grew up eating. Those old traps are constantly surrounding us and tempting us back to our old ways. Sugar, white bread, processed carbohydrates are the enemies. It's not just moderation with these things. It can't be. Because once you let them back into your life, even for one day, then it makes the next day harder, and the next day harder still. It's alittle stumble, a tiny slip and before you know it, you have slid down the mountain you worked so hard to climb up. "I never eat that", can quickly change to "okay, maybe just this once." And therein lies the problem. The next thing you know, many good habits that you worked so hard to establish have slipped by the wayside.
But there is good news! Everyday, and even every minute is a chance to start anew. No day is lost, no meal is blown, no chance is gone. Put one foot in front of the other, write down your goals, because that makes them real, and get back to doing what you know you should. Write down what you want to accomplish, and how you are going to do it.
For me, this is how it's going to be today:
1) start the day pre breakfast with a long dog walk, and a short workout. Check out this app, Workout Trainer, by Skimble for some great guided workouts. If you have a table or Ipad it's great. You can play your music while you are working out too. There is an Android app too.
2) Eat a breakfast of two scrambled eggs eggs with some herbs, and a piece of flaxseed toast
3) Have a healthy salad with grilled chicken for lunch. I grilled some over the weekend, so it will be ready when I am!
4) Drink a big glass of water before each meal and three more through out the day. in between those meals. Water is critical for your metabolism and it helps curb your hunger and makes you feel full. Add a slice of lemon, lime or even an orange or cucumber.
5) Grill some shrimp and toss over spaghetti squash with some olive oil, parmesan cheese, and fresh basil for dinner. Of course a glass of wine will pair perfectly with this!
6) Get to bed early tonight
7) Track my meals and exercise throughout the day on My Fitness Pal. This tool is a huge help. My Fat Secret is also another great site.
8) Pull out my Belly Fat Cure books and put them on my counter where I can see them and refer to them to keep me on track.
I can do this! You can do this! We have the tools, the knowledge and the support. Get back on track....now...this minute!!!!
Thought for the day:
~ Brian Tracy