I realized this as I was packing for my trip. I got out my swim suits and shorts and tank tops, hoping for the best and praying I wouldn't need to rush to Kohl's for some last minute bigger sizes.
Listen. Some days I don't feel like working out. Some days I would rather give in to comfort food and carb cravings. But when I make the choices that honor my health and my life, I get rewards that go far beyond the moment. One of those rewards is getting to go on vacation without worrying about my weight or feeling like I have to starve myself for weeks before going just to feel OK, then binging as soon as I get to where I'm going.
I understand the temptation to let it go over the winter then try to diet it off in the spring. But you are part of the Clear Rock community now, and those days are over. There is a better way instead of the back and forth extremes. There is a way that is rooted in peace.
We talk a lot about reasons behind "I know what to do, I just don't do it." If you struggle with that, your next step is to come to the seminar on March 16th. It is two hours that will change the way you think about dieting.
If you feel ready to move beyond that, you need an action plan. We can talk about the underlying issues forever without getting anywhere but at some point, you have to move on it. You must take action. The only way the change process works that we talk about in the seminar is to make a change.
So get out your notebooks. Set your goals.
Not a weight loss goal (lose 10 pounds in March). Not a goal for an outcome (weigh under 200 by April 1). I want behavior goals. Your job is to develop consistent daily behavior that you are committed to. Here are some of my strategies and behavior goals.
- When I go out to eat, order under 550 calories. Skip the carb sides, up the veggies. Order the same thing so I don't have to look at the menu.
- When I am running around town and need something quick, have a few go to ideas in mind. For example, I know I can get an Arby junior and diet coke for less than 250 calories. It's not healthy, but it doesn't blow my day with a thousand calories. Speedway has the Power Bars I like and bottled water.
- I found I have to have variety and fun to keep going in exercise. I have class packages at several places around town, and I schedule my workouts. Monday is hip hop (cardio). Twice a week I do my strength training. Thursday is hot yoga. Friday is core. Saturday is cardio kickboxing. I never get bored and have met lots of new friends.
- I have cooked salmon and chicken in the fridge at all times so they only need reheated.
- I eat as many veggies as possible. Add, add, add!
I know all too well the energy that can be wasted worrying and thinking about feeling fat. I know the money that can be spent on new sizes and clothes that cover up. I know the feeling of trying on bathing suits or shorts when I'm not feeling good about myself. And I know what it's like to be on vacation and see healthy people enjoying the freedom in their bodies while I feel like a prisoner in mine. It does not have to be that way. There is a connection that needs to be made. The choices I make today impact how I feel about myself. The choices I make today impact my vacation. The choices I make today impact my spring and summer. The choices I make impact how free I feel to live my life authentically.
Spring is almost here. Approach it with intention, not desperation. Set your goals and go.