Mistakes I've Made
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Alright, here we go! I'm going to explore some of the mistakes I've made in my past while trying to lose or maintain weight.
1. Crash dieting.
I can't count how many times I have tried to crash diet for a particular event. I did it all through high school and college. I would all of a sudden become determined to be skinny and then starve myself for weeks. Sure, I would lose weight. My sophomore year of high school, I lost 40 lbs. My senior year of college I lost 50 lbs. But the weight always came back, with about 20 lbs. added on top. Crash dieting not only doesn't work, but it makes me CRANKY!
2. Drinking too much alcohol.
I've blogged about this before, but drinking socially has been a big part of my lifestyle for the past decade. I go out to bars a lot with my husband or friends. Unfortunately, I've just had to face the fact that drinking your calories when your restricting just doesn't work. Drinking also makes me think that it's FINE to order more bar food or go grab second helpings of snacks. Inhibitions get lowered and my calorie count goes way up!
3. Scheduling too much.
I tend to commit to a lot of things, both professionally and personally. I'm a professional musician, which is not conducive to an easy or regular schedule. Creating a routine for myself is difficult when every day of the week looks different. Once I get too busy or stressed, I fall right off the healthy living wagon.
One of my biggest downfalls. If I fall off the wagon for two days, I get that urge to go reset those Spark goals because I've ruined my perfect record. I am really working hard on letting myself make mistakes and learn from them this time around, as opposed to "starting over" regularly.
5. Eating Out
This is tied to my schedule as well, but I'm so tired and stressed all the time, and I use that as an excuse to pick up takeout or dine out all the time. I also eat out socially a lot. The time has come to understand that healthy eating starts in MY kitchen, not the local tavern's. The reality is that no matter how healthy I try to be while dining out, it just doesn't compare to eating at home.
I definitely think that these are the five biggest things that have derailed weight loss in the past, and even caused me to gain weight over time. I've been keeping these things in check over the past few weeks, but I'm honestly scared that I'm going to be tempted to go back to these habits as our country opens back up after the pandemic. COVID-19 has been awful in so many ways, but it has forced me to simplify my life in a good way. Here's to staying accountable in our new reality!