I lost focus...I wanted to say screw it...I wanted to say who cares, but I do! I've mentioned my struggles, some of my thoughts about food, and maybe some solutions in previous posts. What I did with all of that is nothing! Why? I needed to clear my head, there was so much going on in there.
I joke about me and OCD, but sometimes it's soooooo not funny!! This blog, my "journey", all this was not suppose to be about dieting. It was suppose to be about getting healthy, fit, living a life, and doing things with my family. Things that I couldn't do sitting on the couch and getting fatter. But it became just that, a diet. I was struggling mentally! Every time I've ever dieted it's been a total obsessive/compulsive struggle of will power and perfection. All or none.
That is where I was headed again. As the scale went down I knew that if I tried just a little harder then I could succeed faster. I was having total anxiety moments fixing lunch for my kids. If I got food/sauce on my fingers, I panicked. Holly cow I almost licked a finger...the shame of those extra sauce calories. I DO NOT WANT TO LIVE LIKE THAT!!!
What I had yet to do was get active. Sure I picked up on my daily activity, did some chores that I'd put off, worked on the yard with my hubby, mowed the lawn, etc. A lot of it though is truly just what comes with warmer weather and more time outside. I was still steering clear of actual honest to goodness exercise, activity done totally for the purpose of improving my fitness level. Why? It scares me. What if I fail or worse yet I become obsessive about it too.
You know what I did? Friday I put my baby in her stroller, got the other two on bikes, and went for a walk. A walk and no one made me. I even had fun....ssshhhh! I haven't just walked since I was FIRST pregnant with my sweet baby almost two years ago. You know what else I did? I played basketball tonight. I was sweating and even warning my hubby that I may have to lay down in the driveway so they could do a chalk outline. I was dying! Guess what...I had fun and right now as I type this I feel good.
I haven't tracked my food or tried very hard for several weeks. I truly think that I eat more when I track. By golly if I have calories left, they're my calories, and I am going to use every last one. I begin (here comes that word again) obsessing about everything:
- how much can eat
- when should I eat again
- how much should I eat for a given meal
- should I save calories for later in case I get hungry
- that doesn't have a lot of calories so I can eat 3x's more than I would eat normally
What all of that doesn't deal with or focus on is hunger and nutrition! Should I be eating just because a number says I can? Should I eat extra just because it fits within the numbers? And truly, you can have a ton of empty calorie (non nutritious) snacks and still lose weigh, but I want to feel good too.
So I guess what I am trying to say is that I am refocusing and trying to figure out what will work for me. I want to shift the focus back to health, fitness, and the journey of living my life with my family. I don't want to be a bystander in my life.
Questions I'm still trying to answer:
- Do I still weigh? How often? Do I log it?
- Do I still need to count calories/points/proteins something? Or do I pay attention to me.
- Do I get structured on exercise or wing it?
- Do I go get my head examined?? :-)
Holy post batman....thanks for making it to the end!