Thursday, August 07, 2008

Hello? Is anyone still out there?

I know, I know - where the heck have I been?

Well, there has been a lot of stuff going on in my life . Some of it good, some of it quite emotional. In fact, I'd say that I'm going through some of the toughest stuff I've ever gone through. Needless to say, it's necessitated a break from a lot of things - including blogging.

The one thing I've realized during my absence, is that no matter what your state of mind is, healthy eating and exercising can make ALL the difference. Of course, I learned this the hard way! I haven't had much of an appetite at all. When I have felt like eating, it's been total junk. This has caused me to have low energy, which meant no exercise. And the vicious cycle has continued. Emotionally, I began to feel worse as well.

So, I woke up this morning and decided that it truly is the first day of the rest of my life. Sure, my problems ain't gonna get sorted anytime soon - but I can't let myself deteriorate in the meantime, can I?

Weight-wise, as of a week ago, I was still maintaining my 10lb loss. Totally shocking, I know. Right now, I'm pretty sure I'm sitting on a good gain. It has been a horrendous week for eating, let me tell you.

So, I'm putting the past behind me and am moving on. I've always set up a ton of goals for myself - lists, timelines, targets. Today, I am going to create ONE simple rule for myself that I'm going to follow for as long as possible.

I'm not going to put anything in my mouth that I wouldn't feed my toddler.

That's it. But you wouldn't believe what a profound impact this rule has already had on me, and the way it's made me realize what a hypocrite I am when it comes to feeding her. I am beyond vigilant when it comes to ensuring that she has nourishing, balanced, and healthy meals. She gets treats often enough. But I'm guilty of eating total crap. It makes no sense.

So, with every morsel of food going in my mouth, I'm asking whether I'd allow my daughter to eat it. If the answer is no, it goes back where it came from. I'm not counting carbs, I'm not adding up calories. I'm simply going to follow this rule.

It hasn't been easy, since my body is addicted to salt and sugar again - but I think that once I get past this, things will be just fine.

Back on this journey again, and it feels good. Can't wait to reach my final destination.


Christy said...

What a BRILLIANT rule. I'm not surprised my brilliant friend came up with it. But it's simple, it's smart and it makes sense. I believe in you - you can do this. And get through everything else. I will e-mail you soon, limited time on here.


marie said...

AWESOME rule!!

MaryFran said...

My thoughts are with you as you go through this difficult time.

Yeah for you though for realizing that unhealthy eating and lifestyle practices are NOT going to help the problem and in fact only compound the issues! This is a post that I think anyone that has problems with food (food addictions, emotional eating, whatever) needs to read! Thank you!

Keep your chin up! You'll come through on top!