So I used to be one of those people who would do things tomorrow. I would start exercising regularly tomorrow. I would stop eating chocolate tomorrow. I would eat healthier tomorrow (cause there is left over cheesecake in my fridge). I had the "Tomorrow syndrome". A couple of years ago, I did a mind shift and got rid of my tomorrow thinking. We start things today; we keep going today - that was my new mantra.
Well fast forward and here I am today caught back up in the tomorrow syndrome. For a couple of months now I've been trying to get my eating back on track - I have caught myself thinking more than once that I would start tomorrow (cause there is a party this weekend and I don't want to limit myself). And there it is...the biggest danger in my journey to getting healthier. I started thinking in absolutes. I have to limit myself to only eating green stuff; I have to exercise an hour every day in order for it to be worth it; I have to eat no sweets. Trust me...this is a trap.
The only time my mind shift ever worked is when I stopped thinking in limits or absolutes. I trained myself to say "15 minutes is enough if its all I've got to run" or "go ahead and have the cookie but just have one instead of a whole row". What I am remembering is it is about changing the way we live so it becomes second nature, and not about dieting or being the fastest at completing a 5K. It is about health and choices.
Say it with me...It is about health. And I learned I can be healthy even if I only get out a couple times a week to exercise. I can be healthy even if I splurge on wine and chocolate every once in awhile. And that splurging that one day does not mean I have to "start over tomorrow". It just means I need to remember the reasons I can't have chocolate and wine every day - because it is unhealthy for me NOT because it messes up my diet. In fact, I banned the word diet a long time ago and started thinking in terms of choices. Way better way to think especially when I'm trying to teach healthy bodies to my 2 pre-teen daughters!
I find when I get to write it out (why I love blogging), it helps me re-focus and get my choices back in line with where I want to be. So here we go...started using MyFitnessPal (thanks Sonia!), boot camp tonight (thanks Liz!), and a full water bottle on my desk.
We do it today.
And when I need to, I will go back to my other blog to remember all the reasons why the mind shift is a good thing (BTW if you used to follow me there I'm not blogging there anymore - going to just use this one).