What motivates you? How do you stay on track, choose the right foods, exercise?
It isn’t always easy but when you’re trying to lose weight finding motivation is key. I try to get on Pinterest at least once a day and look through the “Healthy Recipes” board to find inspiration for new meals. I’ll also browse around the category Healthy and Fit for awhile, finding motivation from different quotes or shirts or workout plans.
When it comes to the kitchen I have found that, for me, it is super important to plan ahead. If I try to eat something last minute without any meals prepped and ready to go in the fridge or any sort of healthy option almost ready to go I am more likely to fall into the trap of eating like shit. Two days ago, while home alone, I was super hungry at lunch time. I rummaged the fridge and cupboards but couldn’t find anything that looked good. I <i>almost</i> gave in and ate left-over chicken alfredo that hubby and our little one had had for lunch a few days prior. It was a real struggle to put the container back in the fridge and prepare something else. Convenience almost won with me here. I just had to keep telling myself that this would <b>not</b> get me anywhere near my goals, it would actually set me back.
I have never been a fan of exercise.
I hate to sweat.
There, I said it…
I hate to sweat. The only time I like it is when I’m in the moment, pushing myself, so close to my daily workout goal. All the while thinking “this will make a seriously inspirational picture for myself later! I’m sweating so much!” If I’m doing much of anything else, though, I despise it. House work, running errands, etc. Sweating during these times makes me feel gross and it’s embarrassing. Even if only my face has sweat on it I instantly get an urge to wash my hands. It makes me feel dirty and germy. This is probably from working in a hospital for the last 6 ½ years.
Right now we’re on vacation at my father-in-law’s a few hours north of where we live. I love our time up here, the little time we get. It’s hard to find a time where we can get away from work and the house and husband’s family up here is also free. It’s nice to get quality time with his father, sister, and step-sister. They’re such fun, loving people.
Temptation is strong in this house, though. Yesterday I way, way over-ate. When I left for my drive up here I had a coffee flavored energy drink to stay away since I had just worked the night before. I grabbed a small bad of trail mix for a snack for the way. I couldn’t keep my hand out of it so after about 20 minutes of driving I literally threw it on the floor on my car and made sure it landed so far out of reach I couldn’t safely grab it while driving. When I got to the house with the rest of the family I ate a doughnut with my daughter. I had bought some for her and hubby since I hadn’t seen them in a few days. It looked so amazing and I had planned to be eating healthy the rest of the time and didn’t think it would be a big deal to help eat <i>one</i> doughnut. Wrong. I haven’t hardly eaten healthy since getting here. It’s so difficult because I couldn’t bring meal-prepped food and I can’t force everyone else to eat clean. For lunch hubby made hamburgers on the grill. I did the best I could and only ate half of one, the other half daughter had. I piled mine high with romaine lettuce, onion, and a thick slice of tomato. For supper we had pizza… I ate 4 slices.. not happy about it. At least they were smaller slices because they were frozen pizza, as opposed to take-out where the slices are huge. Still, not at all healthy.
So I sit here, it’s 7:38am. Father in law and sister in law are getting ready for work. Hubby and little one are still fast asleep. My sleep is off for now, just coming off my night shift. (Finally back on day shift again for good!) I’m hungry. Thinking about boiling some hard boiled eggs so I have a healthy option when everyone wakes and wants breakfast. I will probably snack on coffee until then. I’m not doing so good on cutting out coffee, as instructed by my doctor. While pregnant I had to cut down from, seriously, 5+ cups a day to 1. My one cup was my savior on night shift. Maybe now that I’m on days I won’t need it anymore.. but I will still love it. It’s taste, it’s smell, it’s warmth.. it’s variety of flavor options (lol).
I’m rambling… Tell me what gets <i><b>you</b></i> motiveted!