Tuesday, May 04, 2010
I haven't been paying attention lately...
I've been relaxed when it comes to food. The boyz are now in soccer and little league, so most nights and weekends are running from work/school to the field, with little time to stop and cook a meal or consistently plan healthy snacks to take with us. We've been doing a lot of drive thru's. I pick what appears to be somewhat healthy, but honestly, how healthy can ya get at McDonalds??
Work hasn't been much better. I'm distracted by my tasks and just not engaged in how many calories are going into my mouth while I sit at my desk. One tell tale sign is the number of times I've entered my food in the SP nutrition tracker. A whopping 5 times in 2010... I think about it but don't stop to actually plug it in.
I haven't been paying attention to exercise. In general I get out and walk every day, but an honest attempt at daily aerobic exercise is not my habit anymore. For awhile I blamed it on the weather. It was freezing in the morning (I know northerners will laugh at what we think is cold in Houston!) so I hit the snooze button a couple more times instead of dragging my butt outside. I do get on the elliptical trainer once and awhile, but haven't met my 4x per week goal in a long time.
I'm not even paying attention to the scale. I've stopped getting on it, afraid to see what the numbers will say. I have been trusting that since I can fit into my clothes, the numbers will be ok. Still, I was shocked last week to find out that I actually have only gained 2 lbs since January. I thought it would be higher.
Maybe the moral of the story is that I don't have to pay attention... I don't have to be ever vigilant to be healthy, but I don't think that's really the lesson. Part of it is that I have changed my habits to live a healthier life overall, so even when I have stretches of time without paying attention, I'm still enjoying the benefits.
But a bigger part of it, I'm pretty sure, is that I DO need to pay attention to make sure I'm on track and to make more significant progress. I might have done ok coasting along the last few months, but I'm not where I want to be and that will take paying attention.