Archive for June, 2013


Food Guilt

I know, I promised you a post on the difference between being skinny and being healthy. But…I’ve just finished my lunch from Jimmy John’s thought it better to discuss the way we kick ourselves when we indulge. I’ll apologize when I call someone by the wrong name; I’ll apologize when I bump into another person on the sidewalk. I’m not going to apologize for eating the whole sandwich and chips. Because I knew what I was doing when I placed the online order. And it was a good ass sandwich.

This type of food guilt leaves us stuck in the past on what we did and didn’t do, instead of focusing on moving forward, being in the now. By letting go of the sandwich I had for lunch, I can be free to make good decisions for dinner instead of punishing myself. Emotional eaters may even eat more because they’re feeding their food guilt with more food. We make choices, and we should stand by our choices. And then let that shit go.

How many times do we say oh, I shouldn’t eat this, or I was bad. Here’s the thing: assigning good and bad value to food will cause us to assign good and value to ourselves for eating it. I can tell you for sure that our value has nothing to do with the food we eat. It has to do with how we treat others and how we treat ourselves. Why not treat yourself kindly by leaving the past in the past.

I don’t even like the term “cheat day”, cheating is wrong, it is the thing you shouldn’t do. But to pick a day or meal to enjoy food even more than usual is something you should do. How about an indulge day, when you get to give yourself more than you normally would? I prefer the term bonus day, when I get to have some bonus calories. That means that every meal can be good, but on bonus days, they’re extra good.

Each meal is an opportunity to begin, so let’s leave the past in the past.

Today’s weight: 158.5

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If I could just wake up in the morning and have a clean apartment, I’d love that! But the truth is, cleaning up requires that I take time out of my schedule to dust, vacuum, and make the beds. So it doesn’t always get done. If I want a place that is spic and span, then I need to make that a priority over TV, reading, talking on the phone and going to the movies.

For many most of us, that’s kind of how being healthy is. If I we could just wake up and be the weight that we want, we’d be there. If we could pop that pill we saw on Dr. Oz or hit the gym for the first two months out of the year to get what we want, we’d be on it! But unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that – no matter how much money we try to throw at quick fixes. The moment we have to put in work, it becomes less attractive. To live a healthy lifestyle, you have to make it a priority.

Here come the excuses

When people say things like, “I don’t have time, ” or “I don’t have money” what they are really saying is that it is not that important to me. We’d rather spend our time and money on something more fun and interesting — things that are more important.

That’s not to say making time to work out is always easy. That’s not to say that choosing nourishing foods is easy. But if we want it bad enough we’ll do it.  For example lots of people say that they don’t have time to workout because when they’re not working, they are spending time with their family. How about if the family rides bikes together, or plays catch in the backyard? When we make health a priority we look for ways to incorporate those priorities into our lives.

This post isn’t actually about how to make healthy living a priority (we’ll save the how-to for another day). What it is about is asking yourself do you want to make it a priority. Are you comfortable putting food into your body that isn’t nourishing you (even if it is tasty)? Are you comfortable watching others live active lifestyles while you’re just chillin’?  Whatever you want to do is your decision but once you have made the decision, you can do one of two things:

1) Do what you enjoy and stop talking about something you’re not going to do, or

2) Commit to being the person you want to be.

Today’s Weight: 158.5

Accountability

I loathe when people say that they’re going to do something and the never do — even when that person is me. Put simply, that’s what this blog is about. I need to lose the last 14 pounds. Last year, I joined Weight Watchers because I was tired of my own bullshit (yes, people trying to lose weight use curse words). I was saying I was going to lose weight while sitting in the drive-thru and stuffing my body into pants that used to fit. I finally admitted that it wasn’t going to happen on my own. The automatic deduction from my bank account would be exactly the kick in the pants to get my shit together.

This wasn’t the first time I’d decided to get my proverbial shit together, so I came in aware of portion control, fiber, eating breakfast and all of those other things necessary for a healthy life. This was about primarily getting called to the carpet and having to ask myself, “What are you doing to get the life that you want?“.

I’ve been struggling recently, so I’ve decided to take accountability to the next level by starting this blog. Each week when my weight goes live, I have to get honest about doing what I say I’m going to do: hit 146 lbs.

Today’s Weight: 160