So I think this is week 2? This is the last time I ever start a challenge mid-week… I have no idea what week I’m on!
Anyway, regardless, I have NOT been good on the challenge this past week. Granted, I’ve definitely been pretty good, but a number of factors (call them excuses if you must) came into play….
- My family cat died unexpectedly. I had coconut shrimp and a pineapple-coconut martini in his name. I also realized that food & drinks are a definite coping mechanism for me….
- I had a friend come visit from up north. We went out for dinner & drinks.
- I had wine & cookies on Valentine’s Day.
- I’ve had about 3 cups of coffee this week….
- I’ve slipped up and had some dairy & packaged stuff.
Am I super proud of the above? No. It’s pretty frustrating…
I do not regret the dinner I had with my husband after my cat’s passing. I do not regret going out for drinks, dinner, & coffee with a long-time friend that I haven’t seen in over a year. I actually feel really good about that.
Life is all about balance. Even in these challenges, as long as I’m not over-indulging, I don’t really have too much of a problem with it. Here’s the thing with me however:
Once I let myself go, even a little bit…. I really GO.
Hence #5. Once I “treat myself” and have a little something outside of my challenge guidelines, it easily becomes a pattern for me. Then days suddenly pass and I’ve been eating (and admittedly feeling) like crap, and I’ve gotten so far off track that I think about giving up on the whole thing.
Here’s how I’m changing my mindset: focusing on the POSITIVE. Like this:
- I’ve ONLY had 3 cups of coffee this week…. Versus 2 cups a DAY.
- I don’t need a nightly glass of wine anymore. I only drink with others and on special occasions.
- I’m still making better choices with food. I avoided the cupcakes at work yesterday like a champ. I’m including extra greens and coconut oil in my smoothies.
- I’ve been good with my workouts and have been more active in general.
- I’ve been so happy and grateful that I get to catch up with friends.
So, if you’re in a rut too and keep taking 10 steps backward, here’s a truth bomb for you:
It doesn’t matter anymore.
What matters now is what you do TODAY. Don’t focus on the should’s/should not’s. Ask yourself which food choices will ENERGIZE you and make you feel good? (Hint: it’s not the donuts at work). What could you do today that sounds FUN and active? You don’t have to follow a set routine. Just get yourself out there and do something enjoyable!
The world is a negative enough place. Don’t add to it by focusing on the negatives about your past. As Walt Disney said, “Keep moving forward!”
On to week 3 (I think)!