A few bad meals (or a few bad days) doesn’t ruin a healthy diet …
GIVING UP does. – Amy Romero
I’m not sure if you think like I do but when I think about tackling a weight loss goal and slimming down I want to lose weight really fast. Like, I ate one salad and did 10 sit ups where’s my six-pack. But seriously, I expect to see the number on the scale go down every single day. It might sound ridiculous but this is how my mind operates. I want what I want and I want it NOW. This is part of impulsivity, addiction, and well…I suppose…being human.
THE SCALE. I know people say you shouldn’t weigh yourself every day but I do. For me, it helps to keep me motivated and focused. The number lets me know if I need to step up my game and maybe stay on the elliptical for extra 5 or 10 minutes or go to yoga after work or make sure I’m actually hungry when I’m eating and not doing it out of boredom. Interestingly, when I stop the routine of stepping on the scale, most of my other healthy habits unravel too. However, like a lot of habits, weighing myself everyday is a double edged sword and can be really unhealthy for my thoughts and mindset. When I don’t see a change I get really frustrated with my progress and it makes me think: what am I doing all this hard work for if I am not going to get results? If it’s a particularly challenging or stressful day it can be a trigger for me and a one-way ticket to bad food choices. Can’t win with it, can’t win without it.
BALANCE. This viscous roller coaster has been the ride of my life and I struggle to find balance. For me, it’s all or nothing….meaning I’m all in or saying fuck it and doing whatever I want. It’s so difficult for me to land somewhere in the middle. I have learned through therapy that “ALL or NOTHING” or “BLACK and WHITE thinking”, is actually a cognitive distortion and man o man if I could cure this I would be a RICH woman. But I’m not and I can’t so I’m blogging about it instead. I’m learning now that if I want to succeed I have to not only change my habits, but my THINKING about my habits. It’s so much deeper than a grilled chicken caesar salad with low fat dressing. Feel me?
So New Year, fresh start. It’s officially time for me to stop feeling guilty about the holiday weight I gained and get back at it. It’s time to do the work to get to where I want to be. Why and how it happened is the same old song and dance but it’s time to get the weight off and finally cross the weight loss goal finish line. I now have 40 lbs to lose to reach my goal weight and it’s game on.
MY PLAN. I needed to shake things up a bit and wanted to focus on feeding my body nutrient rich food instead of the holiday junk, sweets, and booze I seem to have been living off of these last few months. So I kicked off the month of January with a plant based meal plan from Splendid Spoon. If you are not familiar with them already they are a meal delivery service that sends delicious smoothie protein shakes, soups and cleanses right to your front door. Not only is the convenience amazing, but if you do well with a structured plan like me, then you would love this too. The breakfast smoothie protein shakes come in all kinds of delicious flavors like Blueberry Acai, Chocolate Cherry and Green Dream made with coconut and pineapple. The soups are what surprised me the most. I thought for sure they would be bland and lack flavor but I didn’t need to add any additional seasoning, not even salt! A few of my favorites were the Masala Kirici (spinach, okra, organic brown basmati rice and chili powder) Chana Potato Stew (Yukon gold potatoes, chickpeas, curry powder and habanero chili) and Mexican Tomato ( red peppers, kidney beans, sweet potatoes, ancho peppers and chipotle peppers). I would HIGHLY recommend.
Now I’m not going to lie to you, making this change and reducing my portions has been really hard and with Splendid Spoon I am on my own for snacks and dinner so I need to be mindful of my eating habits throughout the day. I am focusing on fruit, raw veggies, nuts, and protein shakes rather than chips, crackers, cookies and ice cream. Which of course I would prefer. ALSO, their website is full of plant based dinner recipe ideas. I tried a few this week and some were better than others but you never know what you like or don’t until you try. I made a delicious burrito bowl with corn, pinto beans, rice, avocado and salsa that made me feel like I was eating yummy comfort food. I also made a cauliflower rice risotto with asparagus and mushroom. This one was a bit bland for me but then I added a spoonful of Trader Joe’s sriracha BBQ sauce and that did the trick for me. Not sure if this was the best option but sometimes you just have to do what works for you and it was only 25 calories. Each shipment also includes a cute little planner with some suggestions. They recommend having a weekly mantra and to repeat that mantra before each meal and snack. My mantra this week is JUST FOR TODAY.
What mantra might work for you? Are any of you also struggling with similar challenges or have a history of food addiction? I would love to hear from you and share our journeys. Please write me or comment below.
Love, Lashes and Lipstick,