April 30th, 2014 The Importance of Importance Level
If you enter the term "Importance Level" into the search box at the top of this blog, you'll get back a bunch of results. I've written about it many times because it is crucial to my recovery and success. Importance level isn't defined by words. It's defined by actions. Deliberate actions. And speaking from experience, it's something that can easily slip long before we're even aware of the slippage. That's why I'm being extra diligent, extra aware--you can even say the word "obsessed," that's cool with me, because if you're going to be obsessed about something, taking extraordinary care has the fewest drawbacks.
Documenting my food intake through the MyFitnessPal diary and food pics with calorie counts on Twitter has been an added diligent practice I didn't do while initially losing weight. I didn't even write things down back then, opting instead to keep track of my calories in my head with a running total always front and center in my brain. It worked. I was wildly successful without these added accountability tools. I need them now. It's interesting, with most anything else, once you successfully do it, subsequent times are usually easier. Maintaining a balance with food and exercise, losing weight as a result and taking extraordinary care seem to be something of the opposite. These added tools are important for me.
My Wednesday was a little more stressful because it was the last day of the month. I navigated the calorie budget well, stayed busy and still found time to take care of me. It was late by the time I hit the walking trail, and I almost took another pass--until I realized, wait a second--I took a pass yesterday, I can't take another. If the schedule is putting me on the trail at 9:30pm, when I need to be in bed--then I need to take more control of the schedule. I decided that even if I only made it around once (.83 miles), it would still be a victory. Once I got out there, I made it around twice and back to the car for 1.7 miles. Bonus!
Backing up a little-- I had a quick grocery shopping trip in the middle of the day and I tried something a little different. I put in my ear buds and listened to music that motivates and inspires me, while I shopped. I turned it off when I got in line, of course--but the effect while shopping was fantastic. I zipped in, right past all the stuff I didn't need and straight to the things I was after. Nothing, no errant thoughts or compulsions--just feeling good and motivated, inspired while grabbing what I needed...and nothing I didn't. I think I may take more and more musical grocery shopping trips.
Last night's dinner out was interesting and challenging. I had a planned dinner at an Italian restaurant--and it was complimentary, so how could I say no? Well, actually I could have said no. But I was confident I could navigate the selections well. The first thing that comes to mind is to be extra cautious and I was. I ordered a grilled chicken breast and grilled shrimp. I had a tomato based chicken and veggie soup as an appetizer. When the plate arrived it looked loaded. The chicken was buried under tomatoes, mozzarella and what appeared to be severely under-cooked bacon. The side of spaghetti with a simple tomato and spice sauce looked much worse than it was. I enjoyed the chicken breast minus all the stuff loaded on top, the shrimp and part of the spaghetti. I left feeling confident about my choices and my calorie budget was intact--barely, but intact none the less. There are some things I could have done differently to make it easier and I'll implement those things the next time I'm offered a complimentary meal in the middle of a calorie bank minefield.
Another good day in the books. Thursday promises to be much less stressful and that's good! I have a special guest on my show Thursday morning from Serbia. He's in town to study our chamber of commerce and tourism department. Looking forward to the show!
If you're inclined, you can follow me on Twitter: @SeanAAnderson Twitter is where I post the majority of my food pics along the way. MyFitnessPal username is SeanAAnderson --where I keep a food/menu and exercise diary.
My importance level is very high!
Thank you for reading,