The Rewards of Change
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
For the past couple of weeks, I have been working on creating consistency in my routine. I have been making small changes and working on repeating healthy habits while diminishing negative ones. I haven't always succeeded, but I've continued to try. I kept coming back to the routines over and over again, doing a little bit here and there, and seeing results and improvement each time. At this point, I'm starting to see the rewards of positive change. I'm seeing that if I don't binge and follow my meal plan, it's pretty easy to get my calorie deficit each day, and that exercising isn't as hard to work into my schedule as I thought it would be--also the exercise routine I have is doable and fun and I'm actually starting to look forward to it. Staying below carb range is possible if I meet my daily calorie goal and plan things right and I'm being more mindful about my eating and paying attention to my satiety levels. Developing regular reliable routines has helped me the most. And developing a Plan B when things don't go according to plan has been important, too. Like this morning when I planned to make potato soup and that plan didn't work out, I decided to make whole grain turkey spaghetti instead. I'm learning to be flexible while still keeping to the plan, and having more fun with it. I'm learning from my mistakes and starting to see some real success. I'm finding that the regain doesn't have to get the best of me. And I'm really enjoying making positive steps forward. I'm much happier with my new structured routine than I ever was in my old comfort zone. So as I start to establish these new habits and get more used to positive routines, it gets easier and easier to say goodbye to that old comfort zone and I don't really miss it! These new habits, which at first were intimidating and took a lot of effort to do, are becoming more appealing, more fun, and more second nature. Especially because I'm starting to see the rewards of the positive habits. I'm finding that the structured routine and the positive rituals make me a lot happier and I feel much better at the end of the day than when I don't do these things for myself. I have more energy and vitality, and I'm less depressed and anxious and my self esteem is higher. And the effort it takes to do these habits each day becomes less and less the more I repeat them, so I just keep putting in the effort! I am worth it.