Sunday, December 13, 2015

Week 4- My Healthy Holiday Mindful Eating

What worked:
I am feeling really strong during my training.  I PR'd my squat, ran a 8:30 mile, and rowed 1600m in just over 6:00. I was really excited!  Carbs will give you lots of energy to do all the things. :)

I also stayed away from the treats in the faculty lounge except for one day.  There was a day with peanut butter cookies and I had one... ok, I had two.  But that was the only day that I had anything from the faculty lounge (which has been PACKED with treats for the past 2 weeks. Only one more week to go!).

What didn't work:
Not being prepared.  My husband and I usually meal prep and plan and have lunches and dinners either prepped or at least planned for each day.  This last week we were so busy and running around.  We will make a better effort this week and make meal planning and prepping a priority.


As I was thinking about my post last week and how far I've come... I remembered a few things that I've learned. I REALLY remember the mistakes that I made.  Let me share some things with you that I hope you find helpful.

What I did wrong when I first started:
1. I wasn't eating enough.  I used My Fitness Pal's recommendation for calorie consumption.  After I got my calorie goal from an actual nutritional coach, I was VERY surprised on how many calories I should have been eating (or more importantly, COULD have been eating)! Not eating enough is bad in so many ways! It causes havoc on your metabolism in the longterm.  In short-term it causes HANGRINESS (hungry+angry) and really sets you up to fail (aka BINGE EAT). So... eat enough, my friends and fuel your body with nutrient-dense food.  {Try CalorieKing to calculate your calories or even better- pay a professional}

2.  I wasn't eating breakfast (or just skipping meals in general). We all know it's important for our metabolism to eat at least every 3-4 hours. I prefer 3 big, solid meals a day (but this can vary depending on the person).  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are a MUST!  If you skip a meal, you are more likely to load up on one meal and over-eat. I find that when I eat a protein rich breakfast, I'm full until lunch.  I like to save my carb macros for closer to when I workout (energy!). In short.... eat at least 3 meals.

3. I relied on the scale to tell me if I was successful.  I honestly stepped on the scale 1 or 2 times A DAY. If I lost weight, I'd be happy as a unicorn. If I gained, I wanted to cry and thought life was over.  What I didn't know is that my body fluctuates about 3-5 pounds in a week depending on what I ate, time of the month, etc.  The minute I stopped weighing myself and started celebrating non-scale victories, I felt such a relief. Instead of celebrating losing 5 pounds, I celebrated when I fit in size 6 jeans or PR'd my squat or ran my longest distance on the treadmill or could take off my wedding ring with ease. Your worth can't be measured by a scale. Love yourself always.

Now it's your turn! Link up and tell us what worked (or what didn't)!

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