There is no joy in mouseville, especially when it comes to weight loss, and I only have myself to blame. I can go a few days completely on track and with my head screwed on straight only to let boredom, circumstances or random cheese trays at work lead me astray.
So I went back and tried to think of the things that made me successful in the past. That got me to where I needed to be with only minor casualties. I came up with a small list of things that helped me be successful in my adventures in health and weight loss before:
- Planning Ahead: I may be a single girl, but making up meals that can feed a small army on a Sunday night saved my ass many a time. Yes, my fridge can be a scary ziploc zoo after, but it ensures that meals fall within a calorie range, are always at hand and I have zero excuses for not eating healthy.
- Hitting the Gym in the Morning: I was a TOTAL gym rat when I first started Weight Watchers. I get that I may have been there too early and way too often that it concerned people, but it was something that made me feel good for the rest of the day and ensured that I slept well at night.
- Breakfast at Work: Weird, I know, but a perk of my job is a free breakfast during the school year. The key is to not double up by eating beforehand AND when I get to my desk. The morning gym visit would solve that.
- Packing Veggies: I get ridiculously snacky, especially around 2:00 p.m. The thing that I did differently before was that I always had cucumbers and baby carrots in the fridge at work. This meant that if I felt like I needed to eat something, there was a healthy option available to me instead of frequenting the Tim Horton’s at the entrance to the building. On a university campus, I have way too many convenience and fast foods available to me within a short walk, but I have to remember that a walk to the fridge upstairs would be much healthier.
- Doing Yoga More Regularly: With all of the running and weight training I used to do, I needed balance and a good stretch. Yoga provided me that. When I did my first two half marathons, I was attending yoga on a weekly basis to stretch out and zen out a bit. It’s something so simple that I can easily fit into my life to help body, mind and spirit, especially now that it has more aches and pains.
- Putting myself first: Jobs, boys, events, whatever will come and go but I’ll always be stuck with me. Worrying about what everyone else wants doesn’t help me in the end. I have to do what’s right for me, make sure that I’m happy AND healthy. I focused on my health and well-being before and didn’t worry about everything else around me. And like then, I can do the same and the rest will work itself out when my mental and physical health is in check.
- Saying NO: I don’t have to accept things just because they’re passed in front of me. I don’t have to celebrate with food. The cookies will still be there tomorrow, and the next day and the day after that. I don’t have to feel guilty that a run interferes with other plans. NO is a perfectly acceptable response and supports number six on my list as well. A no to other things is a yes to me.
What items are on your list to success?
How do you ensure that you keep up those GOOD habits?