Friday, August 19, 2011

Healthy living as a practice

After my big posts about "I'm finally going to do this" and "here's my plan," I had a day yesterday where I had very little control of my food and no time to exercise. I was at work yesterday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and dining services were closed. The only options for meals were the ones provided on campus. Of course, I ate breakfast at my usual time, around 6:00 a.m.  I could have gotten up at 5:00 to exercise but I didn't, knowing it would be a very long day already.  I didn't have great meals, but on the plus side, I had no opportunity to snack, so I may have had an okay day calorie-wise. I'm not sure, because I didn't track.I made sure to fill more than half my plate with fruit or vegetables.  I did what I could.

The old feeling of "It's ruined again" started to creep in, but then I read KCLAnderson's interview in Grace magazine and was reminded again that healthy living and weight loss/maintenance is a practice, not something you stop and start:

I have come to believe that there really is no such thing as a backslide. It's all part of moving forward, even when it doesn't feel like it. 
There are many clich├ęs in the dieting world: "Get back on the wagon," "Get back on track," "Start again tomorrow (or on Monday,)" and so on. I like to think that it's more a matter of continuing from right where I am.
As Russ and Jeff on Fat2Fit Radio say, "You can fail a diet but you can't fail a lifestyle."

3 comments:

  1. Just a quick stop by to say how much I appreciate all the links you post. I had never heard of KCLAnderson or her book...now I've got a new blog to bookmark and a new book to add to my nook wish list. And last week (maybe a few weeks ago?) you posted a link to a Geneen Roth workbook I had never heard of before. I thought I read practically everything she published! I'm going through a lot of the same internal work you are right now...it's hard work, and it would be nice if we could just be "finished." But of course there's no finished. Therein lies the work :)

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  2. Oh man you must think I stalk you! But it's great minds think alike with that Karen quote :) If it wasn't such a long sentence I'd tattoo it on my arm :)

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  3. Your previous post on why you want to lose weight was fabulous. Your plan sounds great, too. Loved the quote that was also on Shauna's blog today. You girls do think alike!

    This latest go round for my weight loss efforts has been different in the way I'm expecting success. I would love to lose 4-5 pounds a month--and that is what I'm striving for--but if I don't, I am not considering it a failure. If I lose 1 or 2 pounds a month, it is a success. When I set time-frame goals, I set myself up for failure. I am using the scale to judge whether what I'm doing is working or not, but I'm also being realistic about my body, my age, my activity level, my stress level, and how all that plays out in my weight loss over time.

    It's not a diet anymore--it's a lifestyle. Eventually my weight will catch up with my lifestyle. It may take months, it may take years. Either way, it's OK. As long as I'm moving forward and living healthfully and doing my best, then I can allow myself to feel like a success--here and now.

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"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07