A lot has changed since then. While running still gets a spotlight here, I've expanded my horizon to talk a lot more about my life in general. I have enjoyed the metamorphosis!
Today, though, we're going to go back to the foundation on which this blog was built. This is because I need to make myself accountable again.
This initially happened a few weeks ago. I was able to get things reasonably under control, so I didn't think too much about it afterwards. But it has happened again more recently - and this time it's more noticeable. It's time for me to be more intentional about addressing it.
Here are the biggest factors that have led me to this point:
- I no longer participate in the Weight Watchers program. My company used to sponsor employees' memberships. As a member, I used to get weighed-in weekly, attend weekly meetings, and track everything I ate. However, my company recently terminated the sponsorship program, after which I cancelled my membership. This also meant that I ceased all of the membership practices, most notably...
- I stopped food journaling. This has been very damaging since I no longer pay attention to what and how much I eat. It's by far the most negatively impactful change on my lifestyle, and it cascades into many other issues.
- I started forgetting that you can't outexercise a bad diet. I work out almost every day, which makes me feel like I need plenty of fueling. However, since I'm not tracking my food/activity ratio, I've become blind to "overfueling."
- My self control has been poor. I've been dining out a lot, going to many events where copious amounts of food are served, never turning down dessert, and enjoying the office candy jar frequently.
- I've let portion sizes get out of control. This is true when I'm dining out, of course. It's also true when I cook my own meals. At home, it's all too easy for me to go back for seconds or thirds. Also, I have this notion that since I prepared the food myself, it's healthier than what I'd get at a restaurant. However, this is counteracted if I'm eating larger quantities altogether.
Now, the "fun" part. Here is what I plan to do to get back on track:
- Start food journaling again. This is the most foundational change I can make. I've heard good things about MyFitnessPal.com, so I'm going to try using it. (If anyone has other suggestions for good online food trackers/apps, please let me know.) This should help me be more conscious of controlling portion sizes, etc.
- Focus on drinking more water. I haven't been as good about staying hydrated as I should, and I know I've been guilty of misinterpreting thirst for hunger.
- Make food planning a higher priority. Work on keeping healthy foods stocked and on hand at all times. Don't ever let myself get too hungry, which can lead to losing control. Do more cooking prep work when time permits on weekends. This should also help reduce how much I dine out unnecessarily.
- Make better choices. When going to events, try to seek out, say, the vegetable trays instead of going straight for the deep-fried appetizers.
- Reduce consumption of sweets. My goal is to limit desserts to once per week. I will do my best to avoid walking by the office candy jar altogether.
Obviously everything is much easier said than done, and there will be bumps along the way. At the same time, I think it's really important to remember this:
All I can do is take it one day at a time - starting right now.