Last summer I got back from the beach and “pulled a Poppi.” Early in our marriage, my father-in-law would bring the same book to the family beach trip and read it. It was a diet book. He insisted that when he returned he was going to start this diet.
So after seeing that photo of me last summer during our family beach trip, I came back ready to get my life on track. And for the most part I did. I scraped and dug my heels in and got down to 207 pounds in November 2019, then plateau’d and started rebounding. Remember this chart?
It looks more like this…
If I am really going to get to my goals I need to see where I went off the rails and address it. Upon self-reflection I have two main sources of conflict that caused me to fail (because that upward slope is failure, AKA falling down the sand dune, AKA yo-yo dieting at its worst). Here is what I must address:
- Stress. When the school year starts and all its activities and shuttling and errands, I am not able to cook good food. If I get hangry while stressed and I don’t have food ready to feed my body, I will reach for whatever is convenient. There’s no amount of willpower that will overcompensate for a poor environment. I need to set myself up to succeed.
- Priorities. If I continue to prioritize my obligations to others over my obligations to myself and my health, my health will continue to suffer. I can’t skip my morning walk because I need to pack lunches. I can’t dig into cheese crackers as I pick up the kids from school because I spent my school time fulfilling client requests.
It is easy to talk a big game during the summer. Heck, I did it before. I had myself on a nice pace, then school-year life hit and knocked me right off my routine.
I’m going to attempt a new strategy. I’m going to start using my time during the summer as if it were already the school year. The biggest change means I spend Sunday in the kitchen. If I can get in the habit of meal prepping for the week, I can keep good food in my family’s bellies for the entire week. I could even get the kids involved (although TBH being in the kitchen is a way to get a breather from kid activities).
I’ll keep you posted on the kinds of prep I’ve jumped into! Coming soon!