Another week has zoomed on by, and I have realized that my approach to health has changed so much from what it used to be. I’m no longer consumed with calories or exercise. My approach is simply making better choices the majority of the time. And I’m so much happier that way.
One thing I always disliked in regards to dieting and health was telling myself what I could and couldn’t have. Those restrictions are a source of so much negative self-talk. One little mistake and I would go crazy on myself.
These days, the only all-out ban I have is on fast food. It’s the one thing I just will not have. And it’s not that I can’t have it. Rather, it’s that I choose not to.
Choices are not restrictive diets. Choices are better than dieting.
I’m over my addictive behavior with sugar so I’m not totally banning that. I’m just leaving it for a once in a while treat. It works. I had a treat today. The first I’ve had since this journey began. I had a piece of cheesecake. Homemade cheesecake (Thanks, Mom!). It was really good, and I have zero guilt in that indulgence.
Zero guilt… how many people who are trying to get healthy can say that? Not many.
I refuse to feel guilt anymore. I refuse to beat myself up. I am making healthy choices the majority of the time – that is going to lead to a permanent lifestyle change.
Restrictive dieting is not a permanent lifestyle change. It took me so many years to realize that, but I finally figured it out!
I really feel great about me. That’s a good thing.
And the weather is supposed to have a bit of a warm up by the end of the week so I am expecting to get my walking in for that 10,000 step goal. My average steps are between 6,000-7,500 daily, so the 10,000 step goal shouldn’t be too difficult. Getting those extra steps will make a big difference in how my body feels overall and I am really looking forward to getting out moving again.
I hope you are doing as well with your goals as I feel I am. And I hope you are learning to take control of the negative self-talk and turn it off in your mind. It’s a difficult thing and I have to work on it daily, but I know I am better off for tackling it. Not every week will be great, but if I can stay positive, I know I will reach the goals I have set for myself.