Yesterday: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support. I earned 7 stars yesterday.
I was about a block away from the RecPlex for my elliptical workout when I received an all caps text from a support friend: "I DON'T WANT TO GO TO THE GYM." Once I arrived in the parking lot, we exchanged a few text messages. I don't want to go either, but the benefits are far greater and better than my reasons for not going. I've never regretted an exercise session. It's always something, once done, I'm glad I did. It was cool to connect with someone in the same situation at that exact moment--in the parking lot not wanting to go inside. I believe that support exchange made a positive difference.
Creating a willingness that exceeds my resistance has been key. Earning the stars each day has had an interesting effect. Also, reframing what it is has helped tremendously. It isn't new to me, this reframing thing. The exercise session is my time to lose myself in an interesting podcast or listen to some music I enjoy. The mental/emotional benefits of getting back into a consistent schedule combined with the endorphin boost each session provides make it something to look forward to each time I go.
I made a grocery trip after the elliptical before heading home to prepare dinner. Preparing dinner before my Thursday night group support session was a goal for me yesterday because often times I'll wait--but that puts dinner too late. It was good to flip that around. Doing that made for a much better evening.
I sincerely appreciate the feedback on yesterday's blog post. Vickie writes:
"I wanted to add, women are usually different. Women who are insulin resistant (belly fat, which is a lot of us) are definitely different. Total calories will not work. Needs to be calories and macros. Not talking low carb. Talking about balance. We have to have our protein high enough and our carbs low enough that they level each other out. Plus healthy fats. I have seen a lot of women carefully track their calories but have way too high a percentage of carbs. And they just barely maintain, and cannot lose."
Wonderful and very important points, Vickie! Thank you for sharing it! Super important things to consider!!!
I have a fork but it's just sitting there untouched. I'm using my fingers. I'm such an animal. 6.10oz Petite sirloin kabob with 128g grilled red onions and 240g stuffed baby portobello mushrooms. #whatsfordinner #foodplan #worksforme pic.twitter.com/wQYwotkWXj— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 1, 2019
What I do isn't "calorie restricting." Restricting isn't the word. I must have boundaries w/types of food & quantities. "Restricting" brings thoughts of deprivation. A personal food plan isn't about deprivation, it's about boundaries needed to be well. From there, life is full. pic.twitter.com/xpe2I1imgp— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 1, 2019
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