Inspiration and no Guilt

My brother and I always talk about the “Switch.”  It’s the moment you go from not caring, eating whatever you want, to actually planning healthy meals and moving.  Neither one of us can ever figure out how the switch turns on and off.  But it’s turned on and off for both of us most of our adult lives.

But it got me thinking.  Why does the there have to be an on and off switch at all?  Since the beginning of the year I haven’t obsessed about calories, I haven’t given myself a long list of things I have to do in order to get to the weight I want to be.  My birthday is in March and for the last four years I’ve declared “this is my year!  I’ll be at goal weight by my birthday for sure!”

I’ve suddenly realized that there doesn’t have to be an end goal to actually achieve it.  It’s making each day the best you can and stringing enough of those days along that in the long run will show the results I am looking for.

I’ve stopped feeling guilty about food.  Nothing is off limits to me.  I can either choose to have it or not.  And so far, that’s been so freeing to me.  Remember how Tony found out about my secret?   I’ve been a closet snacker for as long as I can remember.  But the difference this time is I am telling myself I can have whatever I want . . . but I am choosing not to.  That makes me smile just reading that last line. Open-mouthed smile

Yesterday for breakfast I had the last of my artisan bread and made a spinach/egg white scramble and put some mozzarella cheese on top and put it under the broiler at the office.  This was surprisingly filling!

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Knowing I was going to work out this weekend, I decided to do a fast workout – I am loving these workouts I am finding in Pinterest!

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I am not going to lie, I had to look up Russian twists, superman and bird-dogs to see what those were!  I like that you just don’t stop – this took me 15 minutes to do.  Then I ran a mile on the treadmill.

But when I got back to work I was hangry – I had leftover pork marsala, but I added a sautéed zucchini to it, and had a tangerine on the side.

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My boss is now paying me to make her lunch – she’s the Lean Cuisine Queen so I am happy to have her eat “real” food.  She pays me $5 bucks a lunch, so she gave me $10 bucks for Thursday and Friday’s lunches.

I stopped by the store on the way home to “spin the 50% off meat wheel” but there wasn’t anything good.  Rats.  The regular store prices of meat are ridiculous at this store, so I texted Tony “are burgers and fries okay?”  He said “perfect!” 

So I give you my second indulgent meal of the week – bacon cheeseburger with fries.  I ate 3/4 of this plate, and gave the rest to the dog – he was a happy camper!

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I had no snacks last night either – I kept thinking about popcorn, but I kept asking myself if I was hungry, and I wasn’t, so I’ll take that NSV any day. Open-mouthed smile

Here are some inspirational quotes that are helping me on week two:

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Question of the Day:  Do you feel guilty about eating certain foods??

There are only four football games this weekend – it’s getting close to Tony’s favorite day and worst day of the year – Superbowl Sunday!  Then we have to wait months until the baseball season starts.  Turns out we aren’t basketball fans or hockey fans!

Hope you have a great weekend – make it a great day!