I knew this was coming. I ate like crap to nurse myself through a cold. Quinn was sick and teething. Matt was sick. My parents came. I didn’t work out.
Aside from an annoying cough at night, I feel better. We’re sliding into the holidays and I’m scared. I’m scared of getting completely out of control and gaining. I need a plan and I’m making one today.
I had a long chat with a great friend last week. She is losing weight and feeling great and has energy. All the things I want. I asked her what’s working for her, and she told me. One thing that stuck out was that she said you just have to NOT eat the things that lead you to overeat. At all. Not even a bite. This goes against everything I’ve done on Weight Watchers because I believe you CAN eat anything you want in moderation. The problem now is I have no off switch.
Here are my problem foods:
Anyone see a pattern? I’m a self proclaimed carb addict. I don’t want to cut out all carbs completely, but I recognize that I have a problem with binging on certain things. I can take out an entire box of pasta. Give me some olive oil and Parmesan and it’s a party in a mixing bowl.
I’m thankful for all of the suggestions I receive via email and comments. Many people have recommended I read the book Wheat Belly. I have it on hold at the library, but I’m #65 in line for it. I may just buy it before then, unless I can find someone with a copy to share. I know that there has to be a reason I crave these foods and have no self control with them. If I have to cut them out to be able to lose weight and feel better, I will. The thought of giving up cake makes me want to cry. Pathetic, I know.
As far as exercise, I have been lazy lately because I didn’t think just walking was enough. You have all pointed out that it can be very effective. My problem is being consistent. I need to set simple, attainable goals. Often I make goals and end up listing the reasons I can’t do something. I need to focus on goals that come with a list of reasons I can complete them.
So here’s my plan:
• I will make a commitment to walking 3 days a week for at least an hour.
I know I can walk for an hour without Quinn getting cranky and wanting out of the stroller. I’m lucky to live in an area that has plenty of indoor options for walking when weather isn’t cooperating. We are a 2 car family again (woohoo!) so I have the option of driving to different places to walk to keep me from getting bored. My mother in law is coming next week and she is a shopaholic. I’m pretty sure walking the mall with her will be a workout. I can do 3 days a week.
• I will choose 3 days a week to do a workout video.
I have plenty of options, between YouTube and the stack I have I can find something. I have the time when Quinn is napping. Or for shorter videos, she will stay entertained long enough for me to finish one.
These may seem like simple goals, but for me they are a huge step from the laziness I’ve been living in. My exercise is inconsistent and I know that setting more of a routine for myself will help. When I see people running daily or going to spin and yoga I remember how motivated I used to be to workout. I need a big spoonful of the motivation I used to have. My family has to be it. They have to be my motivation to do better.
Yesterday we took Quinn to the Airport Park. She was mesmerized by the planes taking off.
I want to be a healthier person for her. I want to be more active for her. I want her to see me eating healthy food. I don’t want her to have this struggle.