Welcome to the new year! How exciting to have another opportunity to make our lives better, to live healthier. Today has been a good day with both nutrition and exercise. I stayed within my calorie range (under 1650) and got in upper body strength training and some time on the exercise bike. I also did some stretching. I’m not sure if I’ll be sore tomorrow or not, but it felt good to get back to my exercise routine.
I even cooked a good lunch today. I had tilapia, half of a baked sweet potato, and cooked cabbage (hey, you can’t overlook that luck thing that just might result from eating cabbage on New Year’s Day). I have enough prepared that I can eat the same meal again tomorrow, except I’m going to make cole slaw instead of cooked cabbage.
I spent a little time on SparkPeople.com tracking my nutrition and fitness, visiting a couple of teams, leaving some replies to some posts, and doing a little reading. I haven’t started the private spark team for our work livewell challenge yet, but I’m going to do that sometime this week.
I have to admit I had a couple of times throughout the day when I thought about getting something to eat that I hadn’t planned on…those pesky old habits are sure difficult to overcome, aren’t they? One of my ingrained habits is eating snack food while I read. I think, years ago, that’s how I learned to cope with things I didn’t want to think about and emotions I didn’t want to feel. And it worked…while I was doing it. But the funny thing about all of that is that those emotions and thoughts come right back as soon as I stop the combined eating/reading. I’ve decided I’ll substitute a cup of hot tea with stevia for the snack foods while I’m reading. At least that’s one way to break that habit. Of course, there comes a time when I’ll have to deal with the other stuff…feeling the things I’ve spent a lifetime running from and allowing myself to think about and deal with everything else. I know that works, I’ve done it before. Unfortunately I allowed myself to slip right back into those long-established bad habits. Now to become more aware and vigilant with myself.
A pretty successful day 195 on this road, wouldn’t you say? (Sorry no pictures today…for some crazy reason, I couldn’t upload any today…)