Spangle asks, "What worked before? What did you do to stick with your diet program? How did you keep yourself on track, even thorugh the difficult days?
I really had to think about this. How did things that I have struggled with become habits of mind, routine and rituals that I do daily now?
- The night before I put on my workout clothes and sleep in them so I have no excuse, but to get up and workout.
- I set my alarm 5 minutes before I have to get up. So when the alarm goes off I have 5 minutes to wake up and get going.
- I have set days with the bootcamp ladies at the park and being accountable to other people has helped me stay consistent
- I feel awake and ready to face the day after I have worked out in the morning. I like that the blood is flowing to the brain and I feel like I can handle anything
- If I am working out alone. The night before I set up the DVD so I know what I am going to do. I am not a morning person so it is best that I make the decision ahead of time or I won't do it.
- I used to skip breakfast everyday and then, binge at 10:00am in the breakroom because I was starving
- Instead of rushing around getting ready I set everything up the night before so that I can sit and enjoy my breakfast with my son
- I tried new foods for breakfast- steel cut oatmeal, museli, hard boiled eggs, peanut butter on whole grain toast
- I track everything I eat
- I measure out everything that I eat
- I check the calories on an item before I eat it
- I serve my food on a smaller plate so the portions have to be smaller
- I ask family to support me since my spouse does most of the cooking
- I go for a walk
- I drink my water or have a cup of tea
- I chew gum to "chew" on the issue- 11 calories burned in an hour chewing gum
- I do some deep breathing exercises
- I journal my frustations
- I practice my ukulele
- I talk to Mo
- I distract myself by reading or commenting on a blog or rereading my own posts or Mo's
- Look at my vision board to get myself refocused on my goal
- I look at my own self-talk that I have on a 3X5 card to remind me that I CAN DO IT! NEVER GIVE UP!
Spangle encourages all of us to-
Remember what use to work
Pull out the best strategies back off the shelf
Put them into your program again and again
TAKE ACTION TODAY!
DO WHAT WORKS!
YOU CAN DO IT!
BELIEVE IN YOU!
NEVER EVER GIVE UP!
Being reflective on the journey,