It’s all about balance. That’s what I keep reminding myself. It’s what I was doing when this picture was taken. Balance. It’s something I need to really focus on and remember.
I need a little more balance when it comes to food lately, as well as in other areas of life. But right now, let’s focus on the food thing. It’s killing me. Well, not literally, but it’s hurting my diet.
The past week or so I’ve had a lot of trouble staying within my calorie/fat/carb range for the day while also making sure I get enough food to actually satisfy me for the day. And still – getting enough fruits and veggies each day is a challenge. There are a lot of things I really need to focus on in order to get back on track, but sometimes it seems a bit daunting.
- I need to pay attention to what I’m eating every day. I get hungry between each meal, so I need snacks that will actually satisfy me while also not setting me up for bad choices later in the day. I try to do a lot of fruits for those snacks, but they don’t always do the job. I also try to keep the 100 calorie packs of almonds around, but have been lax in keeping those at work lately, which leads to snacking on the other random food I have in the office.
- More fruits and veggies. Mostly more veggies – I eat a ton of fruit now, but still need to be sure I’m getting the veggies in.
- Check the fat and protein – need more protein, less fat.
I’ve been thinking for the past few days that I should look into Weight Watchers – I don’t know if that would be a good solution for me or not, but I’m starting to think better guidelines would really help me get back on track. I also need to get back into the You On A Diet book I had been reading that was helping me think about the way food gets metabolized and all that stuff.
I’ve been doing this since September, which just reinforces that it’s so hard to get rid of an entire lifetime’s worth of bad food habits and adopt new good ones. I’m sure that there will always been times when I backslide a little, but it hasn’t been just one bad day this time – it’s been a week or more. A week right after I broke that 200 pound mark and I don’t want to see myself creep up past it again, even temporarily, because I can’t figure out what to do food wise.
Other than the food thing, the exercise thing has been going better. I was talking to a couple of the folks I work with yesterday about running & I feel better about it – more like it’s something I can actually do even if the 5k is only 5 weeks away. So I came home last night and did 2 circuits around the (small) park. Granted, the majority of it was walking, but I ran when I could. I seem to sometimes have a mental block about it – my brain says “run” and my legs say “oh, hell no”. So there’s that. I think I need to create a running playlist – alternate songs that will get my booty running with songs I can walk a bit to, then as I increase the running I can rearrange the playlist. Apparently one of the songs that gets my booty running is Stronger by Kanye West. Who knew?
I’m hoping that, even though I’ve been crap with the food thus far this week, I can break the 40 pound mark this week. I’m only 1 pound away from it, so I think it’s doable. I just need to focus, get back on track, get my workout on tomorrow and Saturday (maybe even Friday), and just DO this thing.
But first, I’m going to watch a bit of Love Actually and knit some more before I go to sleep tonight. Because that’s how I roll.