Wow! What a difference a week (and a major change in mindset) can make.
Have I made progress? Absolutely!
Have I attained perfection? Not even close!
But overall, I am really pleased (thrilled, actually) with how things have gone since last Wednesday. When I stepped on the scale this morning, I was down two pounds from last week.
The freedom of breaking free from the confines of a strict diet is exhilarating! Instead of telling myself “no, you can’t eat this, it’s not on your diet”, I allowed myself to eat what I want in a reasonable portion as long as I sit down and am not distracted by something.
For a girl who likes to snack while watching "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," this was a major change in nighttime habits. It took a lot of getting used to (and thank goodness for DVR). If I really wanted a snack, I put my show on pause, went to the kitchen, sat down, and actually focused on what I was putting in my mouth. Some nights, I really was hungry and wanted that after-dinner snack. Other times, not so much. I was a good feeling to have a choice and not be so restricted.
Exercise, on the other hand, was a whole other issue. It did not go well.
An admission: I am just not in the mood to sweat. It’s summer, and I finally am not dealing with the day-to-day rat race of being a working mom. I just want to hang out with my kids, go on play date, and enjoy what’s left of a summer that’s going way too fast. September will be here before I know it and my schedule will be packed with teaching responsibilities.
Carving out exercise time is going to be tough come the fall. Despite this knowledge, I have been completely lax with my gym schedule.
Sound familiar? It's my old "all or nothing” thinking creeping back into my head. If I hit the middle of the week and still haven’t gotten moving, I just tell myself I’ll get on a workout schedule next week. This obviously didn’t work with my eating habits and it most certainly is not going to improve my exercise plan. I need to be better focused and serious about working out, especially if I plan on doing the Race for a Cure on Sept. 18.
You know you’re a caffeine addict when your 2-year-old looks at the Keurig brewing and says, “Mommy’s coffee.” I was definitely more mindful of my caffeine intake this week. I stuck to my two-cup limit in the morning and I’ve only had three Diet Cokes since last Wednesday. I have been sticking to plain water and seltzer with a twist of lemon or lime. This way I still get the refreshing carbonation without all of the additives.
This Friday will mark one of my biggest hurdles since taking on the PTIO challenge: vacation. My family and I are heading to Cape May to celebrate my mom’s big 6-0.
Cape May often has been hailed as “the restaurant capital of New Jersey.” That’s pretty intimidating for someone who’s trying to stick to a healthy eating plan.
After completely stressing over this, I realized something really important. While packing half my house to take two, toddlers on vacation, I am not going to bring along my foe, the “heck with its.” On past vacations, I have left my diet at home, gone off the deep end, and indulged way too much. This year however, I plan to enjoy my vacation with my family while maintaining some aspects of my plan.
We are staying in a hotel with an efficiency, so I plan to eat in for breakfast and lunch. Since we are eating dinners out, I am going to do my best to check out the menu ahead of time and have a few healthy options in mind for dinner.
I am also going to be realistic. I am on vacation. I will want to enjoy a cocktail or dessert while we’re out. If I really want dessert, I plan to split with someone (I am sure my 23-pound son will eat half of it before I even dig in). In addition, I am going to strap my twinnies into the double stroller and hit the boardwalk each morning.
At Lake Parsippany School, we have a “Word of the Week” program to introduce new vocabulary to our students. For the PTIO challenge, my healthy “Word of the Week” is: plan. Having a plan in mind ahead of time for a vacation or other big weight loss challenge brings peace of mind--and hopefully a smaller number on the scale!