I am happy to announce that my healthy living journey is back on track…for the most part.
I have been tracking my food again and logging every morsel, at least for the past couple of days anyway. I did go through a short period where I didn’t log anything. That’s kind of when things started to spiral out of control. I really don’t know what it is about tracking, maybe it’s the accountability, but I tell you what, it sure makes a person think about his/her choices. And speaking of making choices, I have to share a post with you from my Confessions of a Fat Girl Facebook site:
Be present in the moment – anything you ate yesterday doesn’t affect what you choose to eat today, and eating too much or the "wrong" thing doesn’t make you a bad or faulty person in any way. I find that saying "I can’t have that" is very different than "I’m choosing not to have that" – the latter is much more empowering to me. "Change" is something that happens in the moment, in the choice(s) that you make right now – though the comparisons to guage change are rooted in the past…
I absolutely loved this post. The guy who posted it was so completely right. Change happens in the moment. Absolutely. Also, one thing that I have lived by since I started this journey is the same as one of the things he said, "I can’t have that." I despise when people say that, especially if they add the words, "because I am on a diet." AARRGH, that just gets under my skin.
People, listen up, you CAN eat whatever you want. Truly, YOU CAN!
HOWEVER, and you knew this was coming, it’s all about portion control AND, it’s about exercising. Yes, if you eat fast food every single day and don’t exercise a lick, you will get fat (sorry, I know it’s harsh, but it’s the truth) and you will be unhealthy. Period. Same is true for junk food and sweets or other not-so-good-for-you foods.
BUT, and here it is again, YOU CAN eat that stuff, but not every single day and not in huge, stupidly ginormous portions. AND, you should exercise. I’m not saying you have to run marathons or participate in an Ironman, but do something. Get up and move. If you are a TV junkie, get up and move on the commercials. Jog in place, do some jumping jacks, squats, push ups, whatever, JUST MOVE!
When it comes right down to it, we ARE in control of our own lives and what happens. And it really is simple. Eat unhealthy foods, move less, gain weight, get fat. Eat healthier foods, move more, lose weight or maintain, be not so fat.
So, there ya go. It’s that simple. Really. Or, is it?
I know it’s not, that’s why I struggle sometimes. It’s all a mind game. Really, it is. Or at least I believe that the majority of problems with eating and not being healthy is all in our minds. We just have to change the way we think. We have to think more positively about ourselves and give ourselves more credit and believe that we can make the change. We are in control of our bodies and our minds. We just have to realize that. Right?
I challenge all of you to start believing in yourselves more and really pay attention to what you really want. If you want a healthier life, than go after it. Be positive about it. Don’t say you can’t eat that or you can’t eat this or you can’t do that or you can’t do this. If you want to eat that ice cream, then do it. But cut the portion if half. AND, add some exercise in there. If you want to try a different sport or a new exercise class, then do it. Take control of your life. Take control of your mind. Take control of your health.
It’s amazing what can happen when you do.
I will leave you with picture from last night. I finally did something I have been wanting to do for a very long time and it was incredibly fun!
Yes, I finally tried kayaking and now I know I can do it. And will definitely be doing it again.