Stepping on the scale on Monday, I was happy to see I’d lost 3 lbs! Woohoo! I apprehensively step on the scale at 6am first thing every Monday morning. I must admit, the win set the tone for the rest of the day.
I chose to elect Monday as the one day I weigh myself and keep on track or adjust what I need to do for my health that week. Mondays are the beginning of my work week, and I’ve got a full week ahead. I don’t like Mondays. It’s always the most challenging day to get out of bed after enjoying the weekend, and my mind is full of my to-do list.
I chose to celebrate the WIN and did a little happy dance. The win gave me a spring in my step, a smile, and a renewed determination to continue what I’m doing right! My colleague even said “You look great. I can tell you’re losing weight!” I was over the moon.
Don’t the small wins add up? I know they do!
Don’t you love a win? Of course, you do! EVERYONE does….
Let’s celebrate small wins! It’s a journey to changing habits and feeling better and getting our health back. Keep up the small steps. Do not give up.
What’s going in your mouth matters! This might be the most crucial realization you face.
Your health and well-being mainly comes down to what you decide to put in your mouth to eat. Every day all of us choose what we will eat. We typically are driven by cravings, how much time we have, how we are feeling, and if we want to cook or not. I’m sure there are many other factors I haven’t listed, but we might make the wrong choice based on several factors.
If I am stressed at work and simply want to go home to relax and release the stress, I usually make a bad choice on the drive home! The dreaded “FAST FOOD” swing in the drive-thru. But there are other weeks when I PLAN ahead, meal prep on Sunday nights so it’s all in containers for me to reheat when I get home during the week. My meal prep is veggies/salad and protein. It’s in those weeks when I’ve planned ahead, I eat better and FEEL better.
What we chose to eat also affects how we feel on the inside. When I have a day of sugar/sweets my body feels sluggish and I want to take a nap! Our bodies are incredible when we really think about it. It responds well when we feed it well. The flip side is the same. When we feed it poorly it responds poorly.
For me, I’m trying to be more mindful about food and what I put in my mouth. “Sugar” is addictive and extremely bad for our bodies. Eat fresh, out-of-the-ground food that you can chop with a knife or peel – not food typically on the inside isles of the grocery store with so many preservatives you have no idea what the words on the label mean.
I know it’s not always easy. My road is an up and down one with my weight and health. I think “it’s never to late to make a change”. Try to plan your meals to avoid last-minute choices. That’s where I get hung up – it’s in the last-minute choices when I make terrible choices!
You have heard all of this before – What I’m sharing is more food for thought.
In the seventies, we were told to eat three meals a day. Then we were told to eat small meals all day long. – grazing. Today most people eat three meals a day and snack all day. Now 2/3 of women are overweight and obese. Let’s think about this logically for a minute – Do you think our bodies were made to eat all day? Did our great ancestors eat all day long? Heck no! They had to hunt for food and had long periods of time when they didn’t eat. If we eat all day, we are over taxing our organs to try and keep up. They must be constantly working over time to do their job. That can’t be good. Right? I know when I work overtime for a long period of time, I wear out. Why wouldn’t our organs respond in the same way?!
I’ve heard so much about intermittent fasting I wanted to give it a try. I think marketing experts and ad campaigns led us to thinking breakfast was the most important meal of the day. But I’m guessing that was probably a bunch of b.s. When I started intermittent fasting, all I could think about was food. It consumed my thoughts. I felt time was moving slower than normal!! The first day, I lasted until 11am, but I wanted to wait until noon. Now I start to think about food at 11:30am – LOL. It really is a new way of thinking, but it’s worth it. I feel better by not eating so much, and keeping my eating window smaller. I try to only eat from noon – 6pm. Plus, chosing better food to eat.
It’s all baby steps to good health. Try it if you haven’t. See how you feel. 🙂