I am struggling terribly with eating healthy. I mean I do eat healthy. Healthier than most people I know. But now that I have this body fat percentage goal it seems like I shouldn’t eat anything. And by restricting myself so severely I couldn’t be hungrier. Not hungry because I didn’t eat but hungry because I didn’t eat what I really wanted to. Or possibly should have. And I’m now craving food that I didn’t crave before. The food fight is never ending. And after a battle, whether I’ve won or not, I either feel mad that I “won” and didn’t eat that desert or guilty that I “lost” and did eat the cheese quesadilla.
My workouts are pretty intense. But it’s not like I’m working out all the time. So they shouldn’t be causing this intense hunger. It has to be my mind fighting to let go of bad habits. I’m a snacker, a grazer. I love to eat a lot of different things instead of a meal. So if I eat a nice protein packed meal after a workout I’m left feeling unfulfilled because I didn’t get to eat my favorite snacks. It’s totally got bad habit written all over it. I got up and had a handful of pistachios last night while watching TV. When I was done I realized I was tired and wanted to go to bed. I looked at the clock and it was 10:30. Of course I was tired. Why did I just eat?!
Let’s break this down and really see what I am doing wrong.
So how does one overcome these battles with food? Some might say use your wheel power. Others say everything in moderation. But I don’t appear to have the wheel power and I have a goal to meet. This is why I never set goals or strive to achieve anything out of reach. Fear of failure is to strong. I never give myself credit for my progress or effort. Instead I envision a complete disaster.
I was, however, thinking of a solution today. Instead of just removing items from my everyday diet I need to replace them with something more nutritious. There has to be a compromise. I’m never going to reach my goal if I only allow myself to eat chicken and broccoli. I’ll go crazy. And I love vegetables. I’m the first to attack the veggies at a party. I’m so excited that someone else took the time to chop them up for me. But I’m no cook. So I don’t have the ability to take plain vegetables and make them irresistible. I can eat them raw or steam them. That’s about it. And so much for dipping them into something. I can’t think of a single acceptable dip.
I suppose I should end this with some insight or encouragement. My posts have been pretty decent thus far. Let’s see. I’m just not feeling good. It’s hard to fake it even on the computer. Let me look at what I do “right” and end on that.
Ultimately being aware of what I’m eating is a success.
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. -Zig Ziglar
After a tough workout I’m usually in a great mood. I come home with lots to share. My enthusiasm is oozing from my pores. Well that’s sweat but you know what I mean.
My motivation (if you will) for this post is the lack of support I feel I’m getting. Words of wisdom for significant others.
1. It’s not terribly hard to be interested in what your loved one has to say. Pay attention, engage and listen.
2. Nodding and grunting and not stopping what you’re already doing does not count.
3. Don’t regret all the times you brushed them off later. Remember, life is short.
4. What ever you’re doing is most likely not more important than what your partner has to say. At least not in the short term.
5. Respect your partners goals. Don’t encourage them to jump off the wagon. Maybe even join them.
These are all things I would appreciate on my quest for awesomeness. But don’t worry. I’m doing this for myself so really all I need is my own support and I’ve got plenty of that.