Y’all! I have lost my mojo. I was doing so good. I was tracking my foods. I was productive. I was even getting up at 5:30 in the morning to make sure that my workout fit comfortably in my day. Then, there was an event that took place, which I am not going to get into, that completely derailed my plans. For the past week and a half I have not been motivated at all. I have found it to be difficult to get up at 5:30am. Tracking my foods just feels annoying, if I’m being honest. But usually these things bring me happiness. So I have had to stop and think about why I feel this way. And I remembered that after a few days of not working out, not tracking, and not doing the things that made up my normal day I weighed myself. The scale hasn’t moved in WEEKS! So of course, I panicked and quickly became overwhelmed. And said “EFF IT!” I threw my hands up and gave up momentarily.
It’s so easy to give up and say I don’t care. It’s too hard. It’ll never work. I’ll always be this size. This weak.
I have to remember that I don’t exercise just to lose weight, although that is a goal as well. I exercise to be strong. I exercise for my mental health. I exercise because I don’t really have to think a whole lot. I can just zone out and go. Although I have not been formally diagnosed I am pretty confident I have some form of A.D.D and I know it affects my anxiety. So going to the gym and not having to use critical thinking or pay attention to one thing helps me tremendously. Oh, and I exercise because of the ZOMBIES! I have to be prepared for that!!
I have given this a lot of thought. Especially with the holidays rapidly approaching. I want to get on the right track. I do not want to go into the new year with the same plan I have every year. Which boils down to losing weight. And I do not want to wait until 2021 to get back on track. Life is too short to spend it miserable. So it will start tomorrow. My plan to get back on track is below.
*Go grocery shopping according to the foods I want to eat next week
*Set my alarm earlier than I want to get up (so I can snooze if I want to)
*Do all the tasks this weekend that could be used as an excuse to not complete a daily task (laundry, floors, etc.) This way I will be set up for success throughout the week.
*Dedicate 2-3 hours to writing every Saturday
*Set an alarm instead of a reminder to journal every night
*Set a timer in the sauna after my workout so I can take sure I am staying in long enough (the sauna is probably my favorite part of my whole day)
*Read a chapter or more daily
*Do the workout, track the foods, journal. ESPECIALLY when I don’t feel like it
The goal is to make these things a habit again. Not doing them for some time makes it difficult to get back in the groove. So I use timers and alarms to remind me to do things. Because I don’t know if y’all have ever said “I’m going to start doing ____ every day,” but then every day comes and goes and you do not do the thing because you actually forgot. Or just didn’t feel like it.
Through my 29 years of life, I have discovered that while it is of utmost importance to be kind to others, it is just as important to be kind to yourself. And believe it or not doing the tracking, exercising, and meal prepping makes me feel so good. Accomplished. I even use meal prep as a form of therapy sometimes. Because with A.D.D this is something I can do multiple things at once!
I will make another post that will have a list of what I meal prepped for the week. Comment below and let me know what your favorite low carb recipes are. The pasta and rice and bread make me bloat like no other so I try to keep it pretty low carb.