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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Why is it so hard?!

It's so easy to wake up and have the best intentions in mind. But as the day goes on it can get hard to keep those intentions.

Every morning I wake up with the motivation to stick to my nutrition and exercise plan but the nutrition part - the part that counts the MOST - is the hardest for me! Right now I have a week off from work (mandatory paid leave days) and my eating has been out of control... AGAIN! It started from late last week and the week isn't even close to being over:

Thursday: two servings of ice cream
Friday: some of the best Chinese food
Saturday: Italian food
Sunday: Vietnamese food
Monday: Taco Bell and Japanese food
Tuesday: Fried chicken and pizza - yup, I'm making the call as I finish this post!

Seriously, people! S.E.R.I.O.U.S.L.Y! The good news is I haven't missed a day of exercise yet (knock on wood) so that makes 9/84 days of the Body for Life program - minus the good eating part. I hit my lower body workout at the gym yesterday and tried out some new machines... I LOVED IT!! A few of my new loves:

Lying leg curl... now to only get her hammies!
Incline leg press.

Standing calf raise machine.
To date this is the only machine/exercise to get my calves burning!

Still getting an awesome pump in my muscles and now I believe it has to do with the routine rather than me just being away from lifting. I love it!


Chris said...

It was really hard with me to just flip a switch and go from eating poorly to eating healthy, I have been focusing on taking small baby steps and improving things over time. Make the switch from white bread to whole grain bread one day, then try to eat a little bit more fruits another day. Keep focusing on small improvements and it is much easier to stick with it.

Mrs. Sheila said...

I don't know if you read my post the other day, but I TOO really struggle when I am off with food. Why? I still have no clue. I need to figure it out though before Summer comes. Two and a half months off is NOT nice when it comes to the waist line LOL.

She woke up FAT said...

Isn't it funny how different people can be? I have no trouble with the food but the exercise I LOATH.

MAJL said...

Because black forest ice cream tastes so good...so good that I ate a whole litre of it, and J. my bean sprout ate the other litre.

Ladybug said...

I agree with Chris, small steps. Make the changes one at a time then you won't feel so deprived. Even if it's just one change a week, then add another change the next week. Eventually, you will make it all a habit and the old stuff won't be so hard to forget about. Good Luck!

Continuous Changes said...

It can be extremely hard. I am really good about eating healthy because I have been doing it for 7 months now. It is very natural because I only eat badly every once in a while and healthy eating is just in my routine. Also, if you live with someone who doesn't eat healthy, that can be a huge obstacle to overcome. Love and I have very different eating habits. I have to always be mindful of what I am eating and I never let him "rub off" on me :)

Awesome job on the exercising :)

Heidi said...

I just wrote the identical post yesterday. And for me it started up on Thursday too. Maybe it really is something in the air???

Today is better so far though. I don't know if it was getting it out there for 'the world' to see, but it seems to have helped.

Hope you find your mojo again soon.

Laurie said...

I so get it. I struggle and struggle with food, gained back all of the weight I had lost in WW a couple of years ago, but ran my first 1/2 marathon on Sunday.
How nuts is that?
I just returned to WW and had a great first week (running 13 miles the first week helped). Today I was really hungry and overate at lunch.
I LOVE food, but when I am "on" I can be free from it. I hope that we both can soar....

Kyle Gershman said...

Ironically, I have the opposite issue...the hard core exercise part. And if I could get into a better strength training routine like you already have, I'd be so against anything to set back my results that I wouldn't do it. That means, that if eating poorly forces me to extend the time it takes to get results from exercise, then that is motivation enough for me to stop. Other than running and cycling so far, I don't enjoy the strength training enough to do any more than I have to do.

You are at least fortunate that you have a passion for your Body for Life program.

I'm so happy for you! (and I'll get there too sooner than later)

Heidi said...

Girl, this is EXACTLY how I have been feeling. EXACTLY. No joke. We can stick to our workouts, but eating habits are just that. They're habits. We made a habit of working out and now we have to make a new habit of eating well. It's a work in progress. One good thing about this is you are completely aware of it. I was thinking of doing some sort of a challenge. Not go cold turkey all out healthy rabbit food, but maybe challenging myself to cook 5 meals a week with different veggies in each meal. Or snack on new fruit and complex carb combos every day. Stuff like that might help mix it up a bit?

Keep up the workouts though! Body for Life sounds like a great program!

Boomer said...

I wish I could give out some sort of advice that you haven't heard. When we fall off the wagon, its is tough to get on it again. What I have been doing is visualizing where I want to be. Another thing is that I now think of food as fuel instead of something tasty. Once I am on the wagon for at least 3 weeks, I am good to go. At any rate, keep on working out. Throw away all the bad stuff in the kitchen. After you eat the pizza and chicken, don't save the left overs. Tomorrow, begin to fight, fight, fight for what you want. Prioritize!!! I know... easier said than done, but its the only way.

Dana (www.eatsleepgetfit.com) said...

I am going through the same thing with the food right now. I haven't skipped a workout and I have been working hard in the gym, but I cannot get the eating in order for the life of me. I even pack all my food for the day and always blow it!