Day Two…

I had a great breakfast this morning! It was 1 cup of nonfat greek yogurt, 1 cup of berries and 16 grams of mixed nuts sprinkled on top. I was creamy, sweet, and had a nice crunch. Now I feel very satisfied and am curious to see how long that feeling lasts into the afternoon. I was pretty hungry so didn’t stop to take a picture. Next time.

Summertime sunset over the pit July 2019

I’m thinking a lot about how to be more strategic when planning out my meals. My thinking with breakfast was that the mixed nuts would add some fat and additional protein, while the yogurt offered both protein and calcium, while the berries would help with absorption, fiber, Vitamin C, and folic acid (that develops new cells). I’m not a dietician but I like to read about nutrition and learning new things helps me to stay engaged. The point is to be aware and to try to plan meals that give me a greater bang for my buck.

Still have not delved into my creative outlet and that changes this week!

In case you were wondering I did weigh in and I did gain over the past two weeks. I’ve decided to just be happy where I am right now. I am feeling good about myself and I’m going with that. I am very motivated to get back to goal and Lifetime status, and my journey looks shiny and new to me right now. I started to write that I can’t do anything about my past choices, but that isn’t entirely true. I can think back on what I did and why I did it in an effort to learn. How? I plan on doing some journaling to explore this more deeply than this platform would allow. I’ll share what I discover.

I think my big challenge this week is to keep these positive feelings going. Maybe the way to do that is to engage with any negativity that comes my way. What I mean is this, when I eventually feel the pull of my old habits I want to consider what happened right before, to name what I’m really feeling, and to make a plan for what I will do to get out of the funk. It’s easy to write this plan, it’s harder to act on it in those darker moments. I’ll try, and it would help me to know that you’re out there trying too. We can do this together.

Outcomes & Self-Worth…

After work, the race is on! I commute, I get home and the wild rumpus starts. Peel the potatoes get them into a pot, take out the pot roast I cooked on Sunday, wipe down the counters, and play the messages, throw my ice pack in the freezer, and dump the plastics in the sink. Load the dishwasher, schedule the car for service. All of a sudden it struck me as I was running around my kitchen, pulling dinner together, packing my food for tomorrow, scheduling the car for service, while keeping a close watch of the time because I knew I had to pick up my kids from work and the gym – I am such a mom.

Moms (and dads) get the job done! We do whatever it takes to keep the house going, kids cared for, cars on the road, and (literally) dinner on the table. However, there is an important part to my little story from today that shouldn’t be overlooked. I included my needs in the flurry of jobs that needed to get done. When I prioritize my needs I am setting myself up for a better outcome. If I elected to skip my needs this afternoon, tomorrow morning would have been so much harder. Or, I would have just skipped it all together and gotten some food on the fly that may not be plan friendly.

Maintaining my weight loss is very important to me. If I value that then I have to make time for it – even when it’s crazy busy. I hope you are doing the same thing. I hope you are carving out a little time to take care of you.