|This Osprey being tough!|
It's weeks like this one that I congratulate myself or being "tough not moderate". It's been a week of visiting with family and friends, graduation celebrations, a quick trip to the fair (another blog post soon) and time off work.
It's also been a week for me to stay food sober and stick to my food template. No matter what. The forces that got me to be 70 pounds overweight are still around, I choose different path.
I'm also very thankful that my family doesn't even blink an eye when I whip up a Paleo-ish or Primal breakfast for them. I don't blink an eye when they break out the strawberry shortcake and ice-cream at game night. I might brew myself some good decaf coffee, but I stick to my 99% processed sugar free template. Wondering what the 1% is? It's the teeny bit of sugar in 85% percent chocolate. Two small squares, most nights. I could take it or leave it. That's how I know I'm not addicted to it. It is what it is.
I used to justify special occasions to overeat. Now my self talk has me justifying longer walk times on the lagoon trail and a 20 minute time slot to do strength training at the gym. Whole new world.
Moderation strategies used to enable me to stay in a bad for me cycle. Eating little bits of junk food kept me hooked. It's what everyone told me to do." I MUST learn to eat all foods". "Normalize all foods". I'm sure that works for some people. It's a train wreck for me. Good thing I can think and feel for myself! That's a critical step for anyone during weight maintenance and/or recovery from emotional or binge eating.
1. Eating a Paleo-ish food template
2. Living a Primal lifestyle as much as possible (playing out doors, sleep, strength, small, medium, long walks, no chronic cardio)
3. Being "tough not moderate" on my food choices
4. Thinking for myself
5. Communicating to others that I can think for myself.
6. Taking breaks from the family celebrations for myself. Walks, strength training, time to grocery shop and cook.
1. "Treating" myself to graduation party food and eat-outs for "special occasions"
2. Not taking time outdoors just because everyone else wanted to stay indoors. Chronic Cardio- to work off that graduation cake slice (or two or three). NEVER worked, by the way..
3. Not being tough enough to stand up to my slippery slope thinking.
4. Not thinking for myself
5. Not speaking up when I knew I needed to speak up
6. Not training others that I take time to take care of myself. Not de-stressing and letting stress and binge eating take over.
|Osprey flying over the lagoon|