Monday, March 4, 2013

Fighting the Battle

Last week, I gained 2.5 pounds.  Ugh!  I haven't had a weight gain in a long time, so I'm not really upset about it - it happens!  I had Las Vegas, our local Greek Food Festival, and the arrival of Girl Scout cookies all in the same week!!  I definitely over did it with my food, but I'm okay with that. 

Life is about finding balance, not being on a diet.  I actually think this gain was a good thing.  I'd been getting a little complacent in my habits.  I was still tracking my calories and eating mostly clean foods, but I was really wanting to take a break from it.  So I did!  And now I see the results of that break.

It felt good to eat that crepe in Paris (Vegas) and the chicken marsala in The Venetian.

Those FOUR (yes, four) Greek desserts I ate?  They were awesome.  So were the honey puffs.

But post-vacation, back to normal life - how did I feel?  I felt frustrated. I spent most of Wednesday night battling cravings in my mind.  Luckily, I was at youth group so I was busy.  But, my mind was still thinking about cake, brownies, ice cream, etc.  I contemplated stopping for a Shamrock shake on the way home, even though I was already at my calorie limit for the day. I wanted to give into that craving. But, I thought back to that blog I wrote awhile ago about reframing your mind and asking "What if I don't eat this?". 

I answered the question.  If I don't eat the junk, I will stay within my calorie limit for the day.  If I don't eat the sugary junk I want, I will begin getting my mind and body back to not craving those foods.  If I don't give into the craving, I will be proud of my choices and feel empowered rather than defeated.

This one thinking was like flipping a switch.  Thursday, I was back.  The cravings were pretty much gone.  At the gym, I upped all of my weights.  I ran a mile as a warm up at a pace that used to be my 30 second sprint pace.  I got back in control.

I hopped on the scale over the weekend and you know what?  Those 2.5 pounds I'd gained were already nearly gone.  That's what's different this time.  I didn't let a few days of less control erase months of hard work.  And it feels awesome!



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