I’m currently focusing on mindfulness practices in the pursuit of my fitness goals. Blogging is a mindfulness practice that helps me stay on track with any goal, as it provides an opportunity to reflect on the day’s wins and losses and plan for tomorrow. So, I thought I’d do a blog countdown until my wedding! It still hasn’t sunk in that the wedding is actually happening-I’m not ready yet, but I will be!
So, let’s review today! I did not set myself up for success. I stayed up late because I was waiting for something more insane to happen in the debate than has happened in this election already. Ultimately, I was disappointed and lost sleep for no good reason. So I woke up tired for the second day in a row.
Ugh. Being tired really makes it harder for me to eat according to my meal plan and get my workout in. Indeed, I missed my run this morning. However, that may have been a good thing. My knees are feeling strained, so a little rest was probably good for them.
I ate a solid breakfast of eggs, oatmeal, and a banana, then headed off to work.
For lunch, I really had to talk myself down from something cheesy and fried. This is what I mean when I say not getting enough sleep makes it hard for me to be consistent with my meal plan. I start looking for comfort food. However, I am practiced in talking myself through those choices. When I find myself looking for comfort food or stress eating, I have this practice where I fast-forward in my mind as if I ate the food I really want. I do this because inevitably, after I eat it, I feel terrible, both physically and emotionally. I want to enter a food coma, and only after I come out of the fog that stress-eating produces do I realize that I’ve strengthened the habit of stress-eating. So I practice what it feels like to indulge, after the indulging is finished. If I can interrupt the process, it almost always works. Today it worked! I chose a very healthy salad and made sure my carbs were chickpeas, not croutons. My dressing was a low-calorie viniagrette, not ranch.
Then my last meal was chocolate shakeology–I just realized I ate two bananas today! See I never would have realized that unless I was reviewing my day.
So after I ate my shakeology, I did my workout–which was challenging. However, I’m finding that I’m improving! At first, everything was so hard, I don’t think I believed I would improve. But I am!
And finally, I am just trying to start a new habit of blogging at the end of the day so that I can stay on track. My time is up though, so it’s time for bed. Let’s see what tomorrow brings–I know I need to be up by 5am! Yikes!