Keeping My Eyes on the Prize
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
We've now returned from our second trip of the summer and I must say it certainly derails my eating and fitness efforts. We spend a lot of time driving while we are on these trips and to pass the time--we snack. We try to make them low fat and healthy, but the calories do add up.
When I started SparkPeople in March my goal was to lose 21 pounds by August 15 so I would look great for my daughter's wedding photos. So far, I have been on track and have lost over 12 pounds. But I feel myself losing motivation to work out and eat right. I know I am looking better and my clothes are getting loose. I am getting comfortable with where I am and that's not a good thing. Recently I looked at a picture taken of me in November of 2009 and compared it with one taken last month (which is the photo of me and my husband above) and my face is noticeably thinner. But it is not GOOD ENOUGH!!! I want to be BETTER!!! I want to look GREAT!!!!!
To counteract my non-motivation for exercise, I did begin taking Mixed Yoga classes last week and hope they will put me back on track. I still am working out in the gym on the elliptical so I think my exercise levels are good. Also, I need to begin walking again. The weather has improved enough to make that possible.
Where I do need to concentrate is on my eating. I notice that I have been snacking more and not eating the way I should. I went out to dinner the other night and ate an appetizer and most of my dinner as well as a couple of glasses of wine. All that after pizza earlier in the day. I do keep track of all I eat in the Fitness Tracker except when I don't have computer access so my calories are usually close to where they should be.
The problem is that I find myself wanting to eat more and more. My attitude toward food is changing and I can feel it. My concentration is not on healthy eating but on food that tastes great and wanting more than I should. It's hard to explain, but it seems as though I am mentally going backward on good eathing habits to the way I used to eat instead of the way I need to eat to be healthy.
So, starting tomorrow, I will work more on measuring what I eat, eating more salads and vegetables with less fat and fried food. My husband enjoys barbequeing for us so I will get him involved in that. Planning ahead will accomplish that. Usually I wait until late in the afternoon before deciding on what's for supper. We are picky eaters so that limits our menu somewhat and a lot of vegetables are not on that list. But I will plan ahead and make more trips to the store's produce section.
I will keep you posted on my attitude adjustment journey.