I have never been a skinny person, and I don't really aspire to be, just healthy. When I speak of a struggle with weight, I speak of the struggle with questions like "Why can't I pass up the after Easter 50% off specials on chocolate?" and "Why are JuJubes on sale every time I go to the bulk food store to by something else?" I am my own worst enemy when it comes to stocking my cupboards (I have a stash at work and at home) with things that I shouldn't be eating. And of course, as a working mom, I don't have hours each day to get a workout in. If I have an hour a few times a week, I'm doing good.
So, what to do? I am currently trying to keep of the weight that I lost over 6 months ago... a little after having my third child. I am trying to stay motivated by telling myself that I don't want to have to lose it again. At some point I'd love to lose a little more...but one step at a time. So I've developed a few techniques:
- first, I almost never completely eliminate the treats I love...that drives me to those terrible binges
- second, I use the treats as a reward for doing some exercise....(I know, if I did the exercise without the reward, the benefits would be even greater...but it's a start!) If I don't have time to do any workout today...then I simply delay my treat to tomorrow. Somehow I manage to talk myself out of it that way.
- third, yesterday is gone...don't dwell on a bad day... it can start a cycle that turns into a bad week etc.
- finally, set reasonable goals...we don't all have time to workout as much as we'd like. Some days, the goal is simply to get a 15 minute walk in at my lunchtime.