- Start each day fresh no matter what.
This is a good one. I don't think I've been doing this. I think I'm letting the bad feelings associated with my poor choices over the last couple of days carry forward. I need to let that go.
- Accept being less than perfect.
Oh snap. I am not perfect, I am not striving for perfect. I am imperfect and still entirely acceptable and enough. I can make mistakes, I can falter and struggle, and still be ok.
- Think lifestyle changes.
Ok, lifestyle change. Got it. But I'm engaging in some old-lifestyle behaviors. So how does that fit? I guess it means that this isn't about one meal or one afternoon eating ice cream and cookies. It's about what I do the most of the time, that's what matters.
- Wait it out.
This is me impatiently drumming my fingers on the desk. I don't want to wait, I want my motivation to come back right now. Can you hear the whine coming through your computer? I mean come one, it's been 3 days already! Ha! This could last weeks, possibly longer. I'd better sit tight and find some patience. Truth is, I've been riding such a wave of motivation for months now, if not the past year, that I've forgotten what this feels like. My WW peeps told me getting close to goal would motivate me, and they were right. But reaching goal does not make everything magically easy.
- Remember where I came from.
I used to carry an additional 90+ pounds with me everywhere I went. I am fit and have a body I can feel good about. I have come so far. Just because eating crap makes me feel like all is lost, I know that's old black/white, on/off thinking. That's not me anymore.
- Change things up.
Hmmm...not sure what I can do here. Wait, I have a trainer session I need to use. I think I'll schedule that for some new inspiration. Ok, I just emailed Ian to schedule something.
- Use support.
I need to be going to my WW meeting every week. How else can I get more support? I just posted on the WW forums asking for support. Maybe I can set up a brown bag lunch date with a fitness buddy who can help inspire me. Any takers? Email me.
- Routine, routine, routine:
Well, well, well. Don't I just know everything? Yes, routine. I've been missing my snack routine something awful lately. I let myself get too hungry. I've also let go of my routine of avoiding junk/resisting cravings/etc. I remember reading long ago that cravings are like waves, they build, build, build and then crash on the shore. Beck says if you give in, you're weakening your resistance muscle, which is what I've been doing. I've gotten lazy in that department. I think I'm using a lot of my mental energy on other things and so when it comes to resisting cravings, I'm feeling too weak. I will get more vigilant about packing snacks and pay more attention to how I'm using my mental energy so I can have some when I need it. I think I'll take a hot bath tonight.
- Go to the gym and do nothing.
Fortunately this seems to be a food-only slump so far. But I know that can change. I've had to do a little more pushing than normal to get myself to the gym but nothing extreme. I'm just going to be happy that this part seems to be going strong and not question it.
- Compliment yourself.
Let's see. I had a healthy lunch today that included green beans. Healthy breakfast too. In fact, most of my meals have been just fine so that's good. When I fell into a grocery bag of junk food this afternoon I did take some steps to limit the damage. Part of me is hoping that by allowing myself to buy and eat whatever I wanted, I would get whatever this is out of my system. I don't know yet if it's worked but if not, I don't want to let it keep going unchecked. Bottom line, it does not feel good to eat like this. I know that. Ok, this is about complimenting myself...what else? I'm getting my workouts in. I'm making home cooked meals. I'm aware of my behavior and clearly motivated to change it (if not, what the hell is this post about anyway?). Hang in there! You can do it! That's what I wrote to wrap up my slump advice. Ok, hanging in, I can do it :)
I said this post would include a picture. I took some of the kids today at the park but I haven't uploaded them yet. So I'll include one of yours truly for now. I think I'm officially losing my marbles because I feel like my face looks plumpish in that picture. Ack! I'm just asking for it with that comment but it's the truth. I know, I know. I'm off to look at some before pictures to hopefully gain a bit of sanity here.
As always, thanks for the support.