Are you familiar with the term “take a Mulligan?” It basically means to have a do-over. Well, I need one. I need to get off the “Going Down” elevator and go UP in the world. I began a Goodbye Muffin Top Campaign back in October. Boy did I have an epic fail on that one. Somehow, I have gained nearly 10 pounds since Halloween. That damned candy! It always sets me up for sugar addiction. Then I find myself coming up with excuses to get back to my healthy habits …
- I’ll start Monday
- I’ll start next week
- Come on, I can enjoy the holidays
- I deserve a few Christmas cookies
- I’ll start in the New Year
Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. Now that it’s nearly March, I took a good look in the mirror, gave myself a good smack in the face and said.
I suppose I have two semi-valid excuses. First, we got a new puppy right after Halloween. The first 8 weeks can be rather stressful as I felt rather stuck in the two rooms we allowed the puppy to live (family room and kitchen). I should have realized that these two rooms were going to set me up for failure. Constant access to food and TV… really? What was I thinking? The second excuse is that I have been dealing with some challenging education issues for my daughter. I applied to a number of private schools. Applications, school visits, waiting for responses has me VERY stressed.
We finally know that my daughter has been accepted to a school for her learning challenges. The puppy is also more manageable for the most part. So, I am out of excuses! Today, I am getting back on track. How am I going to do this? I’m taking small steps so I don’t get too overwhelmed:
Drink more water
I need to get back to drinking more water. I get so caught up in my day that I forget to drink. I recent blogging campaign helped me kick this habit back into gear. I have a large green water tumbler that I need to carry around with me as a reminder.
Start a Fitness Program
I’ve started The Firm Express program. It’s 20 minute workouts 3x a week. I even did a workout today with the dog in the room. Doing any exercises on the floor was a bit of a challenge. She kept trying to tackle and lick me.
I am backing off the sugar. This is truly an addiction for me so I need to take it slow to take the extra sugar out of my diet. My typical breakfast is tea with sugar and milk, whole wheat waffles with syrup and fresh fruit. Too much sugar! I’ll be switching to more protein and less simple carbs. Egg white omelettes will be my new best friend.
Prep meals in advance.
I am typically really bad at this. My family is very a la carte in their eating habits. I need to plan what I eat even if they want to figure things out last minute. My friend Wendy had a great idea to make salad in advance in mason jars. I am totally doing this! I love salads, but I often hate making them. If they are all made for the week, I’ll have no excuse not to eat them.
Stop Mindless Snacking
The worst habit is that I eat while I’m waiting for other food to cook. I’ll grab a few chips or pretzels while I wait for my main dish to cook. Those calories and salt really add up. I’m going to flip through a magazine instead.
Practice Mindful Eating
I need to concentrate more on how food makes me feel. Sugar and treats give me a quick euphoria, but typically make me feel pretty crappy, especially the day after. When I eat healthy, my brain feels more clear, I have more energy, and it typically lifts my mood as well. I need to remind myself that this is so much better than a few minutes of euphoria from sugar.
So, there is my 6-step plan to start. With a beach vacation in April, I’d love to see at least 5 of those pounds GONE! With Fitbloggin in June, the other 5 should be gone by then too. Wish me luck!
Are there changes you have been wanting to make? Have you put a plan in place to get you there? Come join me!