Things I am proud of myself for this week:
- I went to a New Year's Day gathering and did not have any sweets or those sugar cookies with tons of icing you get at the grocery store that are so good and are like crack in a plastic container
- I made my plans known to BG, when he invited me over for a wonderful meal and he then altered the side dishes for me so I ate healthy
- I avoided the candy aisle in Walgreens when I was hungry and run down and susceptible to sweets
- I planned ahead every time I left the house - I had "on plan" snacks to eat with me (most times)
What really helped was the words someone told me: "When you're having trouble, just imagine that God [or whatever higher power you want to use -ed] is a supportive boyfriend, holding your hand." This worked surprisingly well, I tell you what.
What I'm worried about for this coming week:
- This whole planning my food stuff? Annoying. Boring. Tedious. I know it needs to be done, but uggggh, I have to pack a mini picnic every time I go out for more than a few hours?
The answer is, why yes - sure, eating whatever I want is EASY in the short run, but it's not going to make me happy in the LONG run. Plus, I will hopefully not have to do this forever - at some point I will not need to LOSE weight, and can be less strict on the whole plan.
- My schedule is about to change. My background check got cleared and so I could start work any day now. This is a good thing in itself [jobs in this economy are good], but I'm not going to have the freedom and flexibility of schedule to go work out at 9 am or 2 pm or whenever I decide to do it.
Obviously, the answer is to put myself first. I can always go first thing in the morning [although it's pretty crowded] or block off some time when I'm working at home to go [but have to take a shower afterward], or do it after work and rearrange other evening plans so it gets done. I need to remember that while I need to do my job, my job doesn't need to be my life, and my health and happiness really does need to come before everything else. That's SO hard to remember though.
Something else that should help is I've created a "days abstinent" chain at www.dontbreakthechain.com and make a point to look at it once a day. The longer the chain gets, the less motivated I am to break it; brains are funny like that.
On another note, I specifically got my butt up at the crack of 8 am today and was working out at 9 am to catch Oprah. Anyone else as disappointed as I was with the show? It was a total rehash of the magazine - her interview was pretty much her O article, verbatim.