Change: Good For The Body, Good For The…

Well, it’s really good for everything.

I am going through what I hope to be a shift (instead of a phase) in my life.  I’m making a point to change my thinking surrounding food and my health.

I had a friend say a couple of different things this past week that really stuck in my brain and I can’t stop thinking about.

First: You shouldn’t focus on what you do 5% of the time.  Instead focus on what you do 95% of the time.  Hmm.  I decided to try this and so far it seems to be working.  I chose to have sugar-free frozen yogurt for dessert last night after a dinner of veggies and meat (no simple carbs as that’s part of my goal this week).  Funny thing is I made a point of reminding myself that 95% of yesterday’s meal/food choices outweighed that 5%; dessert.  It worked.  I didn’t beat myself up nearly as bad as I usually would.  I still told myself that I shouldn’t have eaten that yogurt, but the thought was not a strong one and slipped from my mind within moments.

Second:  She mentioned something regarding the reason she “deprives” herself of certain foods and unhealthy lifestyles.  She said it was to keep herself healthy and meet the goals that she sets for herself.  I took this and ran with it, but I don’t like the word “deprived”.  I chose to remind myself that I sacrifice certain foods and unhealthy behaviors for the long-term good.  I don’t set many long-term goals.  They overwhelm me.  But if I remind myself that I’m sacrificing carbs or sugars to meet my short term goals (and those goals really add up), then it seems to make sense.  It’s working for me so far.

Another thing I’m working on is changing my thoughts; change the way I think about my CHOICES.  Choices.  That’s where I had to change it up a bit.  I am choosing to be unhealthy.  I am choosing to be over-weight.  I am choosing to berate myself and self-sabotage.  And I can choose not to do any of those things.  I can choose to exercise or not.  I can choose to eat healthy foods.  I can choose to actually set goals and work towards them.  I can choose to stop being so mean to myself.  It is my CHOICE to do any or all or none of the things I need to do to make a difference in my own life.

Thusfar, I have made choices that I am proud of.  I have made the choice to pat myself on the back for what I’ve accomplished 95% of the time.  I have made the choice to work on not hating myself.  I have made the choice to remind myself that I don’t have to be this way; a way that makes me unhappy and unstable and unhealthy.  I have made the choice to remind myself as often as I need to that get to make the choice to continue on a path that will make a difference in my life.

So, for those that read last week’s post I want to share that I reached my goal for the week.  I went to walk with the ladies three times instead of one and I lost my two pounds that I wanted to lose.  And since it worked, I decided to push myself a little more this week.  I set a goal to walk with the ladies three times this week and lose another two pounds.

I choose to believe that I can meet those goals.

 

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