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Realizing once again what makes me feel good now and later is the same thing

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Today's a good day! I feel good about what I've been doing and where I'm headed.

I finished the second week of the Couch to 5k program. Feels super wonderful to be out running (aka slow jogging) again. And without any aggravation to my knee! Well, I don't want to jinx that.


I also finished the second week of my protein shake diet. I'm now at the weight I was a few days before I started the diet. Glad my body is adjusting well to this.

I'm now ready to add something else to my program. I'm going to go to yoga today. I have a month of unlimited classes. Today I decided to do yin yoga, where you hold a pose for a few minutes at a time. My hips and legs really need that. I can feel how tight my hamstrings are when I try to bend down.

Once I feel more flexible, I'll be ready to add weight training back into the mix. But first step, yoga to stretch.

I like this one step at a time process. Much more enjoyable and sustainable than rushing to do everything right this minute like I used to do when I was younger.

Oh! One challenge to report. My mom brought ice cream, a flavor I love, to our family dinner Wednesday. I was craving it Wednesday, which is my "cheat" day. Since it's always family dinner night, I just let myself enjoy rather than force myself to stick with the program.

So it was ok that I ate ice cream that night. But the thing was, there was still half a container left come Thursday. So I worked my calories around and ate a bowl. Did the same last night, too, to finish it off.

But it wasn't fulfilling to eat it. I would've rather stuck to my program and maybe seen a loss of weight rather than have eaten the ice cream and went over the calorie range I'd been keeping at earlier in the week.

I remember that when I was thinner after having lost a lot of weight in 2012 that I realized that food wasn't going to make me feel better. It wasn't going to stop me from feeling sad, that it would just make me feel worse because I ate something that wasn't healthy for me. My old habit was to reach for unhealthy food to celebrate or cheer myself up, but it wasn't what ultimately made me feel better. Going for a walk or run, writing down my feelings, talking with a friend, those were the things that made me feel good at the moment and long term.

So I think I may be headed in that direction again. I think I'm starting to realize again how it feels to work on a goal and feel good about myself consistently rather than enjoy something unhealthy for a few minutes that doesn't make me feel good later.

Step by step, right?
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