Saturday, April 12, 2008
Though I've had good intentions about eating healthy and exercising, I haven't done very well lately. Honestly, it frustrates me that I have so little self-discipline. Although this year's theme of "awareness" has helped me be more AWARE of my lifestyle shortcomings, it hasn't exactly given me much self-direction. I've been playing those mental games with myself lately and really haven't PLANNED and developed a good strategy for living healthier in recent months.
I've used everything as an excuse . . . my new job . . . my crappy schedule . . . the fact that I'm tired . . . that I'm broke . . . that I need comfort in eating because I'm upset . . . that I'll be good tomorrow . . . that I'm starving . . . that my family WANTS to eat that take-out Chinese food (full of fat, sodium and sugar) and that we HAVE to eat out constantly because I don't have time to cook. All the usual lies I tell myself when I'm being self-destructive and delusional. But awareness had made me all-too-conscious of what I'm doing. So I need to changed bad habits that I've slowly slipped back into.
Several of my friends have lost successfully lost weight and gotten in shape recently - many of them are on Weight Watchers. I'm having trouble, really struggling, and don't know quite why. But I'm finally feeling fat and uncomfortable enough to commit to at least 5 days, oh heck we'll make it 7 of healthy eating and 1/2 hour per day of exercise.
I'm also reading this excellent book by Marilu Henner that is channeling this desire to change into a concrete plan. I'll commit to "Boot-y Camp" as she suggests for FIVE DAYS - actually I am making it 7, as I said. During those 7 days, from Sunday April 13th - Sunday April 20th, I commit to the following, as per Marilu's Boot-y-ful plan:
Eat small, healthy "mini meals" every 3 hours per day.
Per the Boot-y Camp rules, no dairly products, red meat, refine sugar, artificial sweetners, alcohol or CAFFEINE. (That's the big one, I'm a BIG coffee drinker, but for this week it's going to be decaf teas instead). I can eat chicken and fish, and eggs, but no beef or pork.
Drink 1/2 my weight in water per day. Yikes, that sounds familiar.
Limit myself to no more than TWO restaurant meals during the 7 days.
Eat organic and fresh veggies and fruits whenever possible.
All salads served with lemon squeeze, no dressings.
Exercise at least 30 minutes every single day.
Stop eating 3 hours before bed.
Get a good night's sleep every night.
That's it - the Boot-y Camp in a nutshell. As my friend Kaleem so often says, "I can do this!!"
I already shopped at the organic market today and my Mom and I had fun picking out healthy foods. It was a blast. Now I'm off to end my evening early with some herbal decaf tea.