I will start this post saying that as of last week, I gained 1.6 lbs.
I have a suspicion that the added weight came from Sunday, the 16th. My church celebrated its 160th anniversary. It was a great day with testimonies and reflections from four former pastors, memories and old friends. Did I mention the food? Well there was a lot of food. United Methodists know how to put together a pot-luck. This was no exception.
I have realized that food is attached to a lot of things in my life. Moods. Events. Friends. I guess I have always known this on some level. But these past three weeks I’ve been making the effort to really be aware of this connection when I am in the moment. Recently, I have caught myself and been able to control the subconscious process of mindless eating. For example, this past Friday I went to a local minor league baseball game. I ate before I left the house. I did not purchase food at the game. It felt like a small victory! I used to almost automatically purchase junk food at the games.
But back on the 16th, I let my subconscious take over and I got caught up in the socialization and visiting and just filled my plate with things I wanted…not the food my body needed. These were foods that I think I must associate with feeling happy. But, looking back, a lot of what I chose would be choices I might make if I am sad.
Regardless, I let my feelings dictate what I ate that day like I have so many times in the past. It’s like I am in a trance. Even though I know I am making poor choices, if I am in an environment where most people are eating whatever…I do, too. It’s like a big green light! This was a slight set-back but I am not focusing on this one day.
A really good friend of mine is following this blog and she’s super supportive. She is on her own health & fitness journey and we have decided to be accountability partners. When she read my first post, she said she was glad I am on this path but perhaps I am being too hard on myself.
Perhaps she is right. Therefore, I have decided to forgive my behavior on the 16th and move forward. I choose to see every day as another chance to do the right things. I am not wasting days fretting over one meal choice that could have been better or one morning I hit the snooze a couple extra times and didn’t leave time to work-out. And I’ll be back on track next week with another weigh-in.
Speaking weighing in, I just bought this scale a couple years ago. I am trying to make-nice with it and see it as the valuable tool it is. Prior to buying the scale, I figured I would just let my jean size determine if I am making progress or not. But the more I read and study how so many others have been successful with similar journeys, I have noticed a common factor… goal setting.
I feel the best goal to set on a journey such as mine is pounds lost. It’s easy to track and see progress – two key points in goal setting. How do you know when you arrive at a goal if you don’t know where you started? Additionally, since I am not too far into this, I will be tracking inches lost, too.
Until next week… Thanks for following and God bless J