Not The Easiest Time

Definitely not the easiest time of the year to start a diet. But then, what time of the year really is, right? You always find an excuse to only start next week. You always find an excuse to have that additional treat. You always find an excuse for that second or third helping. Some people even find an excuse to eat ice cream combined with chips (or crisps) for breakfast (I know… shocking!).

The trick is to not allow yourself this excuse. To stick to the original plan. I’m still trying to get there frankly. My discipline at the moment is lower than a basement. At least when it comes down to eating. And yet it could be worse. But it could be better and that’s what annoys me. I know I can do it. I know I actually like the healthy food I prepare and most importantly I know that the entire family will benefit too.

I just feel like there’s so much going on at the moment and it all consumes so much energy. I struggle to bring up the energy to fight my silly cravings. But I also realize how silly that is in the end as well. It’s not a big deal. I will feel better. Not sticking to healthy eating habits actually costs you more energy than you get from it.

I know that I need to get that mindset into check and soon. I’m so glad that Colleen is keeping me in check with her wonderful Mindful Monday posts. Not only are they full of great tips but also a little kick in the rear end for me to finally pull myself together.

I had to giggle though today, when I read that Colleen is struggling with the exercising. It’s the one thing I always stick to. So for last week I can at least give me that: I worked my butt off exercising. I did a couple of days with two HIIT workouts a day, one in the morning and one in the evening. They are hard. But it felt good to be able to do it. I finished my three months program (if you are interested: Zuzkalight.com, it’s one of her older DVD’s called ZCUT Power Cardio, you should also find them on YouTube). Anyway. Today I was in charge of choosing a routine. I love her workouts. I always feel as if she is in the room with me, working as hard as I do. So here’s the fun little thing I did today.

Next aim is to get the eating in control!

 

25 thoughts on “Not The Easiest Time

  1. You are not alone. I’m proud of myself for only licking the batter bowl once yesterday while baking then washing the bowl before I could lick any more of that delicious batter. It’s a struggle but eventually we will get there!

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    • Oh I know! That’s so hard! I made Christmas cookies over the last 3 days… needless to say how big the temptation was, not only to lick the bowl but also to eat the cookies!

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  2. I am so proud of you for sticking to that exercise routine! Good for you. I hate exercise and always have. I can stick to a walking plan and for me that works. If I exercise too much, I am starving… which then causes me to eat more and I do not lose! Vicious circle. That’s what our healthy journey is all about. Trying to ways to become healthier and sharing the ups and downs of the journey. Think of it this way. Do not give yourself permission to eat that cookie or ice cream. That way, you are in control – not your mind telling you how good all sweets look. Pick 2 or 3 days out of the week that you are going to have a sweet. Then, only eat one small portion of the sweet. That way you won’t feel deprived. It might slow your weight loss, but sometimes you have to feed the mental need a little bit in order to tell yourself no, later. Thanks for being my partner in crime. ❤

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    • The slowing the weight loss wouldn’t be an issue. As long as it still continues. You are totally right. It’s what worked for me before too. I followed my healthy eating plan Monday to Friday and then opened the window slightly on Saturday, maybe also Sunday. Like that, if I had cravings during the week I could just tell myself that Saturday is only just around the corner. And I could wait. Sometimes until Saturday the cravings were no longer.

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  3. So happy that you and Colleen are sharing the journey. You did pick a particularly hard time of year, so kudos for the attempt. Eating is often more psychological than physical. My family always used food for comfort. And we all cooked when under stress. That is why we all turned out to be decent cooks, lots to overcompensate ! Try to find another way to calm yourself, or reward yourself for a job well done, that doesn’t involve a treat. You can come up with a way that works for you. ☺☺☺

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  4. I have zero commitment to a diet right now. It’s just too depressing to think I won’t be eating any of the Christmas cookies, peppermint mochas, egg nog, or the many free lunches my school will be having. I’ll just be fat the rest of the holidays 😂😉

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    • And stress free 😉 As I said, my eating habits are more towards enjoyment of what’s on the table too at this stage. I doubt it will change before the new year to be honest. What I do is trying to not go overboard and stick to my workout routine. That’s for sure. Everything else will be much easier after the Holidays are over and the move is done and dusted too.

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  5. It has been five weeks since I properly exercised. The holiday ruined my plan entirely. I will surely check out her videos – maybe the prospect of doing something new will propel me towards my regular workout regime.

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  7. Trying to enjoy time with my beautiful, non-weight obsessed daughter who lives a healthy life with her boyfriend. They both love to cook so she is off to the market to purchase ingredients to cook for us while she’s here and to bake gifts to bring to BF’s parents later in the week. She is doing all this while I sit here feeling like a guilty sloth who has delayed, like most people, staring a new exercise regimen till the new year begins. As an excuse, though, I offer the possibility that arthritis has increased the number of aches and pains I now feel. When I asked the doctor about my new leg aches, she suggested yoga. Since I still like to do any and all exercises in my jammies, I now need to decide whether to once again try a gym or beg off on the expense and effort and find stuff to do at home, in place of the hour I used to spend on recumbent bike which Spouse feels is too ambitious for me.

    I stopped trying to lose weight long ago. My goal now is just maintenance so that I can continue to fit in size 14 for as long as possible. My main diet strategy is to follow the popcorn only diet when my first morning weight is at or over my mentally and emotionally acceptable max. I try to eat like a more normal person on other days.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it for now. Meanwhile, God bless us everyone, at least with some level of diet and exercise sanity, success and strength through the remains of this year!

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