Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Getting back to the 100 Days- DAY 70

I actually finished reading the 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle months ago, but I am bound and determine to blog every single day so that I can look back on it and use it to remind me of all the things that I am working on.  I am a work in progress. Some days are better than others.  Right now, my focus is on taking care of business in my life, but as soon as the temporary insanity is over I will have more time to concentrate on my health. You see I have to take these science classes to keep my current position. It is only until May and then, life can go back to normal, but until then I will be on and off on this blog. I am on winter break and there are no science classes that I have to stay on top of because  the studying takes a discipline and a habit of mind. It is very similar to the changes that I am making in lifestyle. I have not stopped this healthy lifestyle journey. I just can't be blogging when I have classes at the University since I am still working full-time and have a family to care for.  I know Mo understands this, but I can't tell you how hard it is not to work on this blog since it gives me a focus and reminder of my long term goals that I desperately need. We do what we must as working moms and there are no regrets, there is no such thing as perfect. For me there is only living life as best as I can whole heartedly and just trying so hard to care for me no matter what comes my way. 

Back to Day 70- No Good or Bad is the title of this one.  It is referring to how we speak about our eating behavior and how we tell someone about our eating habits during the holidays by saying, "I was so bad the whole time I was at the Christmas party."  The problem with this is that "eating is not a moral issue so you can't apply behavioral codes to what you do with food," says Spangle. So eating junk food that you like doesn't make you a bad person. It is time to stop using those words to describe your food intake. 
So now it is time to call it "eating choices" With this new approach you can use the phrase, " I made good choice in eating oatmeal and a hard boiled egg for breakfast. This afternoon, I made a poor choice when I ate not just one, but three brownies!"  This makes each action a choice, " you can eliminate the punishing self messages that say you were bad."
By changing your language, you are changing your habits of mind and taking back your power around food.  By using the word "choose" you are thinking about your options instead of being mindless and unaware. This can only lead you to be responsible in your decisions about what to eat. 
So change bad and good to healthy choice and poor choice!


Always on the move- MER


E. Jane said...

My best to you as your continue on your weight loss journey and your educational process. You sound determined, even during a very hectic time for you. I know what it is like to be taking classes while working full-time. Also, I like your take on how we describe our eating. Very good points! Happy Holidays!

Mer and Mo said...

Always wonderful to see a post from Mer - then I know she has been able to come up for air. I am, however, very proud of you for sticking with all that you are doing!!! You are still doing the boot camp with the ladies three days a week (except when it dipped to the high 20's recently), so that is inspriation in itself (for both you and me)!! Enjoy your Winter Break and I am looking forward to reading the catch up with the 100 days of Weight Loss - good reminder for all of us!