So it’s Friday and I’ve pretty much am a week into my new mindset and life philosophy of #EatPrayRun and #FindingBalance. I think my small changes starting out have been good. Look, this isn’t my first “rodeo” and I don’t have a lot of weight to shed like I did before, so I know my small changes will be slow to show and subtle. But the difference is that nowadays I’m much more accepting of that. So what do I have to be proud of this week? Well for starters I didn’t quit on myself!! Hello, HUGE victory right there!!!! I half joke but am also totally serious when I say that I’m usually the only thing in my way when I haven’t reached a goal I set out for myself. It usually comes down to my mindset. So I’m well aware and very much an advocate for #HealthyMind = #HealthyBody = #WellBeing. People say you are what you eat, but I think it’s more you are what you think. That’s the root of it all. We know what’s good for us and what’s good fuel for our bodies, but we choose otherwise. I know healthy food makes me feel good from the inside out–better energy, my skin is clearer, no more headaches, etc.
Many of you know that a good amount of my 170 lbs shed was done after I went back to WeightWatchers. The plan wasn’t anything earth shattering but the support I got from my meeting group/leader and the accountability that it gave me helped me reach my weight goal. Yesterday I battled with myself about whether or not I should go to a meeting while I’m in LA. The thing I was hung up on (and asked a bunch of people about) was that I’d have to weigh in. I knew I had a great week but I wasn’t necessarily ready to get on a scale yet. The good thing about where I’m at this week–no scale. I can often get handcuffed to a scale and stuck with what it reads. I know that living a healthy lifestyle is more than that. As a Lifetime WW member, I’m only required to weigh in once a month. The answers from my friends and family varied. Honestly, I could’ve asked a million people and the decision ultimately come down to me.
I got up and went this morning…weighed in and everything. And you know what? I gained and it didn’t phase me one bit. I wasn’t “whatever” about it, I wasn’t upset about it, I honestly wasn’t anything about it. It was astonishing to me. I sat down listened and actively participated in the meeting. Which was nice to be at considering I was somewhere where no one knew me as a leader so I could 100% be a member! And I left to go run the rest of my errands, in a good mood. I was happy because the results of the scale didn’t deter the rest of my day! It didn’t ruin my day. It didn’t give me the attitude of “well F that I’m going to go eat whatever I want”, etc.
I surprisingly felt empowered by the whole experience. I went grocery shopping for good/healthy food, I went to the gym, I got my work done, I cooked my dinner, etc. I even planned my next day and actually through my return home! Bring it on new week!
So what’s my update from my first week of #EatPrayRun and #FindingBalance….do what makes you FEEL good…genuinely. I talked to family and friends this week–one convo even got me motivated to get up and out to a run–prior to I was finding an easier way out to do my workout. I ate what I wanted to and it was healthy too! I logged/tracked what I ate, even if I exceeded my daily target. Once I did, I didn’t feel guilty about it. Which, for me, often leads to consuming even more out of spite. Say YES to you and NO to others. What do I mean by that? Well…sometimes you need to say ‘no’ to others requests/needs of you in order to provide self care for yourself. It’s just like the instructions on the airplane when the oxygen masks come out–you put yours on before helping others. Take care of your needs and then, if you have the time, energy, money, etc. go and help the others in your life. Forgive yourself. May sound silly but I noticed that often times my actions are reactions from something else and they are usually rooted in me feeling guilty about something. So I’m learning to forgive myself when necessary.
More to come next week!
Happy and healthy weekend!