To be honest, over the last couple months since the marathons, I haven’t been feeling that great about myself. You know when you just don’t feel good about your body? That’s how I was feeling.
I had let my eating go a little nuts and just was not being the healthiest I could be. Which is totally fine, I think it’s GOOD to have those times, but I also think sometimes they need to be reigned in a little bit or else they get out of control.
I am definitely not a person who can eat everything I want whenever I want without having some side effects. I try to not be overly crazy with being healthy ALL the time, but it’s on my list of priorities because I can very much tell when I am not. I have been able to find a good balance, but some times it starts tipping the wrong way.
I used the excuse “I am marathon training” a lot during Boston Training and got into some habits that I typically wouldn’t have done before (frequent ice cream, extra cookie, etc). Which again is all fine, I am a big believer in “everything in moderation” but my “moderation” just got a little skewed, and I could TELL.
I could tell how my body felt in certain places, how my clothes were starting to fit, and I could tell in my running! I knew I just needed to make a couple small changes to get my habits back in line, and I would start to feel better. So that’s what I did!
A month ago I got back on the healthy train, but as of last week I got back on the healthIER train.
Starting last week, my goal for the week was to make some changes, nothing too drastic, but change a couple things that I know are good for me and will make me feel better in the long run (hah pun intended?). For me, making small changes sticks in the longer term since they are more manageable.
For example, instead of dumping endless amounts of granola into my yogurt and oatmeal, I am monitoring the granola dumping and also replacing some of it with berries!
Instead of coming home and immediately sticking my hand into the bag of peanut butter filled pretzels or brown rice chips, I am going to the refrigerator first and getting some veggies and hummus or cutting up some cucumbers and sea salt (crunch + salt = win!).
Half the time I am not even hungry when I get home from work, it’s just out of habit that I go to the cabinet. So this way I am putting something really healthy in my mouth first and thinking about what I am doing rather than mindlessly snacking.
For me, that’s pretty much what it comes down to: small changes that I think about, rather than just mindlessly do. Thinking about what I am putting into my body and paying attention to what I am eating goes a very long way.
Of course I still will always still indulge a bit, but after a week of making more conscious decisions about my eating I already felt better. And it makes the indulgences even more worth it!
What are small changes you make when you can tell you aren’t feeling your best? Do you think a lot about what you are eating?