Slow and Steady

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Motivation: The Belly Rules

The belly rules the mind.
~Spanish Proverb

Day one of my diet. Why is it so hard?! Like the quote says, the belly rules the mind. For fun let me spell that out for you:
  1. When my belly is hungry my mind is focused on eating
  2. When my belly is stuffed so is my mind, hence food comas
  3. When my belly gets organic food, heavy fresh fruits and vegetables then my mind is clear and energetic
  4. When my belly is round and plump, then that is all my mind thinks about
I am so preoccupied with number 4 right now. My belly has rounded out to needing a pant size up...eew. This has all happened in the last two weeks. I am hoping that it is a short lived, but you never know. Who is to say that these aren't the 10 pounds that lead to 20, 30 or 40? I haven't really paid attention to the 5 pound swing. I mean I am cognizant of it and it can be frustrating, but as long as I was kicking it in my size 10's I really didn't care. Well the need arose and I had to spring for a couple pairs of size 12's. Honestly, the 5 on top of my regular 5 lb swing caught me by surprise and I haven't been totally motivated to jump on fixing the situation. I don't have a totally organized plan other than to workout more and eat less, but I am working on one.

Yesterday I was feeling motivated, despite not having worked out yesterday. In my moment of motivation I seriously considered getting up to swim with my TRI club at 5:30 am. My Bug had different plans and crawled into bed with us at 3:00am. I laid her down in her own bed at 3:45 and low and behold the Duder crawls in our bed around 5:00am. I was not up to getting out of bed to swim in the dark. I did however make it to the gym tonight for a a short 25 minute elliptical workout, 40 minute yoga session and a good 10 minutes of abs. It was one of those perfect nights at the gym where I could have stayed for hours. I could totally be one of those gym rats that workout for 4 hours a day, but I do not have that luxury of time.

I have the day off tomorrow and will be hitting the gym with my girlfriend before getting things ready for my hubby's birthday. On the schedule: drop off kids at school, go to the gym, run errands, sushi lunch with Super Hubby, then a wonderful stew for dinner and maybe some cherry pie a la mode. Yes you just read that right, after all the "day one" of my diet business, I am talking about food and feeling so hungry doing it! Actually, sushi won't be that bad and I am making the stew so I am all about using fantastically good ingredients...I may have to skip cherry pie a la mode. Actually that won't be hard, I don't like it much, but it is one of Super Hubby's favorites.

What kind of diet do you follow? Convince me.

The Big Picture: I have 10 lbs on my body I am not super excited about, but I made pretty good decisions today and it is the small decisions that make the most impact.
Why I Kick A$$: I was supposed to meet my friend for yoga and decided to get there early for some cardio. 25 minutes of cardio is way better than no minutes.

Thankful Three
  1. For gym partners
  2. For Halo Bar-Rocky Road Flavor
  3. For the kick ass dinner I made tonight


Christi said...

I am right there with you on the diet but I have to lose about 10lbs and preferably more. I did awesome at the beginning of the year but from June to now I packed on the weight! SUCKS!

The first thing I do is to not think of it as a diet. I have removed that word from my vocabulary. I try to think of it as clean eating. I also don't put restrictions on anything because if I do then I will rebel. That is a guarantee! Basically my diet consists of making sure I have a food composition of 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat. I try to take out most grains and get my carbs from fruits and veggies. This works great when I am not training heavily. Otherwise, that is about all I do. It has worked but it does take some discipline. If you would like to know more let me know and I can email you some stuff.

Have a great day off work and Happy Birthday to the hubby!

Anonymous said...

I don't follow a diet. I have tried in the past and have always failed so now I just try to have a veggie at every meal as well as fruit 2x a day. I find that if I concentrate on those things, I make healthier choices in general.

sofia said...

Please don't diet! That is a terrible word, haha. What it means to me is inevitably ending up right back where you started. Who wants that?!

Be conscious of what you eat. I know you know how to do that. =) Start tracking again and hold yourself accountable for what your are putting into your body. Don't ever tell yourself you can't have something. If you want it, have A bite or two then throw it away so you can't have more!

What I do is focus on eating fruits and veggies and mostly chicken. I always have something healthy to snack on at any moment. Don't ever let yourself feel hungry that is when you get into trouble. If I become hungry and don't have a healthy snack or meal, I will come up with a million reasons why I need a burger from Jack in the box. Aside from trying to eat as best as I can (that doesn't always happen) I make sure I do some sort of workout every day, except sunday that's a rest day. MWF are strength days, TTHS are cardio days. And it isn't always doing an official work out. Maybe one day I don't feel like doing a strength circuit for 50 minutes so instead I clean the CRAP out of the house, it takes a good 2 hours and burns about 370 calories if your not scrubbin' hard and 453 if your bustin' your buns. So it doesn't really matter what you do just do something!

All it is is math. Burn more calories than you eat, and if you eat well your body will burn calories more efficiently.

You are an incredibly strong woman and I know you can get back on track! Happy birthday to Super Hubby!