Happy Thursday! Super happy for me – after a long day of presentations (ugh!!) and Girls on the Run practice, I’m heading to Milwaukee! I have a dentist appointment tomorrow morning (ugh!!), but am seeing some friends Friday night and then going to a pumpkin patch/apple orchard with my adorable 1 year old niece and family on Saturday! So excited!
Right now, I’m sitting in a coffee shop I accidentally stumbled upon and am enjoying an amazing (dare I say best I’ve ever had) chai tea latte and ridiculous quiche made with winter squash, kale, and mozzarella. It’s magical. If you ever get out to Verona, WI, definitely check out The Sow’s Ear.
Yesterday, I read Ashley from Coffee Cakes and Cardio post “At Least Stop Gaining Weight.” This post was exactly what I needed. She talks about figuring out what habits she has that are leading to weight gain and/or preventing weight loss. I’ve been inching towards making a lifestyle change after letting things get out of hand this summer and this post really have me the motivation to examine what I need to do.
So I made a list of my habits that keeping me at my weight/making me gain weight:
- Too much snacking
- Not focusing on eating well balanced meals (need to actually start planning!)
- Eating too much sugar
- Viewing sugary treats as a necessity and not a treat
- Drinking my calories (coffee creamer, chai tea lattes)
- Not having the motivation to exercise
I also made a list of goals that I want to strive to:
- Meal planning!
- Workout plan! (I’m going to make spread sheets…and am so excited!)
- Meal prep weekly (doesn’t have to be Sunday!)
- Stop focusing on sugar
- Stop placing so much focus on food – it’s not the center of the world!
- Exercise 5 days a week – anything! Just get moving!
Making my list of things that are keeping at my weight was tough, because it’s hard to admit to making choices that may be hurting my health. But the truth is, as much as I do embrace a healthy lifestyle, I also embrace the not so healthy lifestyle. At the end of the day, food is what fuels us. If I’m not putting the correct fuel into my body, then I’m not going to feel 100%. The things I listed above have all contributed to my weight gain this summer.
As for my goals, I’ve talked about getting back on track on and off throughout the summer. I’m taking October to really get started again. I’m going to be in Utah for 8 days, which made me start to think I should wait, but then I realized, why? I can make healthy choices on vacation. I shouldn’t use vacation as an excuse.
The most challenging goals I will face is not placing as much focus on food and sugar. Honestly, there are days where food is all I think about. And that’s not healthy. I need to slowly, but surely, work on developing a more healthy relationship with food. It’s most definitely not going to happen overnight, but I think given the time and patience, I can make progress.
As of today, I’m feeling inspired and hopeful. It’s as if I’ve finally had that moment where I’ve realized that I’m in control of my life and that I control what I do and how I feel. I want to stay accountable, so I think each week (maybe on Saturday’s) I’m going to do a quick update on how the past week went and what next week’s plan looks like.
- Truth Time – do you have any habits that are keeping you at your current weight?
- Are you a big planner? Do you find it helps keep you accountable?