Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Training for Tuesday; need the magical secret to eat right

Last month, I talked about how I basically tricked myself into working out everyday. Yay me.

The reason for this was to build the habit, make it part of my routine, like brushing my teeth. It wasn't to turn into a gym fanatic and lose a bunch of weight. It was to just get up and do something, anything at all, because anything is better than nothing. I wanted to get away from the 'well, I missed Monday so there goes my week' or 'I screwed up the first of the month, so there goes March'.

I got up to 47 days before I took a day off. That sounds way more awesome than it is, some days I walked on the treadmill or did 5 minutes of yoga. But again, something was better than nothing. I took a Friday off because I knew that KC would make me workout on Saturday - not 'make me' but he wouldn't let me skip. Then, Sunday I'd run with my bestie. The weekends used to be my hardest because I'd never want to do anything, now they are the 2 days that are absolutely guaranteed, nothing stops those workouts.


I took one day off the following week, but then last week I accidentally took 3 days off in a row. I took one, then another, then another and I was so afraid I was letting my lazy self take back over, but then Saturday rolled around and I was good. I don't want that to happen again. That's how it spirals into a month or two off. But I think as long as I stick with Friday as my 'off day', I have got this habit thing down. I still get up the same time on Fridays and go to work (super busy on Fridays) but it keeps my body used to the early alarm.

The thing is, when people say something to me about working out in the morning, and how do I do it because they just can't.. well, I have nothing. Honestly, there is no secret. I just get up, I just do it. I do things that make my life easier, but nothing is going to magically make me bounce out of bed ready to workout. I always want to stay in bed, I always want to be lazy. Always. I just ignore that. Once I'm up, I'm up. All I have to do is get to the standing up part, and I'm good to go. Some days I don't do much, and some days I am just simply not feeling it. But I still get up.


^ that was one of those days.

I know that doesn't help people who want the easy fix, or the secret that will suddenly make them a morning person. I wasn't a morning person when I started working out many years ago, but now I am. I made myself that way.

I want to be healthy. I want my heart to be strong, I want my body to be strong. I want to live as long as possible and be totally fit and happy when I'm much, much older. Heart disease is scary. I want to do all I can to avoid it. I also want to lose a bit of weight. Exercise helps me sleep, it is my therapy.

It's like picking up a cigarette - why would you do that when you know the consequences? Why would you lay out without sunscreen, when you know you can get skin cancer? I don't do those things because I care about my heart, my lungs, my body, my life, too much to willingly put any of it in danger. I want to take care of my body.

That's what gets me out of bed in the morning.  Exercise is so much more than weight loss.


So. When I look for that easy fix, the magical secret that will make me eat better, I am disappointed because it doesn't exist. I ask for help, and people tell me nicely what works for them, but it's the same thing I say about the mornings - you just have to do it, you just have to want it more than the other option. It really is that simple. There is no secret, no magical action that will make me put the bad food down and enjoy the healthy rabbit food.

So why then, can I logically look at the benefits of exercise and just do it, but I cannot do the same for food? Why doesn't that rationale not work for eating? I mean, I'm not eating McDonalds every day, but it's a miracle if I make it through one day without anything 'bad'. Chips, fries, chocolate, candy, milkshakes, pizza, ice cream, etc etc etc. The list goes on forever and ever. Why don't I care about my body or life when it comes to food? I need that secret, the magical ingredient that will make me enjoy salads more than jellybeans.

But I know there is no secret. I know I have to start small, I have to want it more than I want the bad food. I know I feel better when I eat better. If I know all of this, why don't I just do it?

I know all this. But putting into action? How? My scale does not define me, it is how I feel and how my clothes fit, I know that, so there is no need to tell me. But when you feel like crap and nothing fits, well you can be unhappy with the number on the scale, simple as that. And I am. Very unhappy with the scale, the way my clothes fit, the way I feel and the way I look. Something needs to change but I just don't know how to put the damn chips down because they taste so good.

This post really doesn't have much of a point, I'm afraid. I'm just rambling. I'm putting it out there, like I did with my snaps, that I have to get my eating under control. I know there is no secret, I just have to do it. I don't know how I am going to do it, or what is suddenly going to change, but I hope something does.

But if you have any secrets.... help a girl out.

Linking up with Alyssa and Tracy.


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How do you make yourself eat better?

58 comments:

  1. I don't mind working out on the weekends but my husband doesn't want to get out of bed so it makes it difficult! I always find it so hard to go after work when I've already been gone for 11 hours and I just want to go home and relax. You're killing it! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. Love this post! I just did one on workout motivation as well :) I find that the moment I skip a day it's so much harder to get back into the routine. As long as I do something (ANYTHING) active every day then I can usually keep up the motivation :)

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  3. Go you girl! You should be so proud of yourself for CHOOSING to be healthy. When it's not easy, when it's difficult, and you're tired. I think we've all been there. But I give you lots of props for choosing a healthy you! And for sharing that inspiration with us :)

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  4. Having an off day every week is the greatest thing ever - I feel like I put more into my workouts knowing that I won't be working out again for two days. Mine usually ends up being Friday too because hey, it's Friday & I'd rather be doing other things. Hope the eating better part comes as easily as the developing the workout routine did!

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  5. Take what worked for the working out streak and apply it to eating: do something that will make you accountable and start a streak! Snap or blog about your daily eats? No sugar for 30 days? Something like that? All much easier said then done, trust me I know!

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  6. Take what worked for the working out streak and apply it to eating: do something that will make you accountable and start a streak! Snap or blog about your daily eats? No sugar for 30 days? Something like that? All much easier said then done, trust me I know!

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  7. I'm super impressed that you forced yourself to become a morning person!!! Way to build that habit - it's such a healthy one and a great way to start the day. And I totally agree with you that there's no secret, it's just about doing it. Knowing that doesn't make it easier, but it's true nonetheless. Cheering you on and hoping I can get even close to what you've been achieving lately! So don't give yourself a hard time if you're struggling in one area, because you've made huge gains in the exercise department. :D

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  8. oh girly. you have the workout side and not food and i have the food and not the workout. we should hang out ha. but seriously it's hard. and a slippery slope. i think for me if i'm going to have fries, i cut out something else and only have a few. and i don't buy bad stuff bc when i do (which has happened a little lately) i eat it. all. by. myself. it's just not needed. then i have to remind myself that i feel like shit when i eat like shit. but really just try one meal at a time then one day at a time. bc that's really all it is. over time. over and over. :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  9. I love this -- because you're so right. it's such a balance. AND it's awesome that you and the hubs get up and work out together on Saturday! such a fun little date to get the weekend started! I love that you and Nadine get up early to work out -- I wish I could do it, but maybe when the kid is older and not waking up at 2 am already -- girl's gotta sleep yo. I think it's awesome how aware you are of your health -- and that's what'll keep you going. Psh, you're awesome anyway. :)

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  10. I do not have the workout side down. I am so bad at making working out a habit! I do have the food side down relatively well. For me, I had to come to the realization that there was no such thing as "bad" food. All food is good food. Moderation was key for me. A book that helped out a lot is Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.

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  11. I love that Harry Potter tank! I think you're doing a great job maintaining your health- I'm so impressed by your 47 days-straight of working out! (I wondered if you took a break, though, because I noticed the numbers were gone on your SnapChat! Lol!) I don't have a secret to eating right (and I don't always eat right), but I genuinely enjoy fruits and veggies... Sometimes if you prep them ahead of time (cut up peppers, take the grapes off the stem/vine) it makes them as easy to grab as a bag of chips.

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  12. Awesome sauce on the working out, lady! I am proud of you for making the decision and going for it and knowing what you want. The tricky thing about eating healthy is it's a daily process and honestly a struggle. Even the body builders that look amazing with 10% body fat struggle to keep on the path once competition season is over. What helps me is taking the time to prep all the good for me food so I don't have an excuse to eat something I know I shouldn't.

    I still have days where my clothes don't fit right and i can figure why, but then I let it go and acknowledged where I want to be. Find fruits/veggies that you enjoy and make them your snacks. You can do it, I believe in you!

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  13. I'm the same way!! I will workout because I love how I feel but having that something sweet or something that I know I shouldn't eat just happens! I definitely need to be more diligent about eating...mostly at work!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  14. Well I think you already know my thoughts on the food issue but basically I agree with HairbyJenniferC up there ^^. You need accountability in the food department. You're right that there is no secret. But it can be very motivating to know that you have to weigh in in front of people (e.g. the doctor's office or I've heard some weight watchers meetings are that way? not sure) or report every bite you're eating. You might go from eating ten chips to five knowing that you don't want to report ten. And that's a good start. We're here to support you. I KNOW you can do it. You just have to make a choice about HOW you want to start changing because just thinking you want to change your eating won't be enough.

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  15. you hit the nail right on the head! there's no magical way to do it. you just have to do it. make decision and see it through. When i'm struggling to find motivation, i try and remember how good i feel after. I genuinely like sweating so i remind myself how good it will feel to sweat and move my body around. that always helps.

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  16. It's so easy to spiral back down into a habit of not working out. So much easier to be lazy. Keep at it - whatever works for you.
    I hate everyone thinks they have to get up & work out only in the morning. I work out every day after work & it is what fits in my life. Everyone just needs to make work whatever works. Its just DOING SOMETHING :) ... good for you making health a priority in your world.
    ... PS - Friday is totally my off day - guaranteed.

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  17. I used to be the person who hated waking up early to work out, but I'm just like you...id much rather lay in bed all day and be lazy than get up, but once I do I feel awesome. I like those reasons to work out, the feeling I get after a workout is the best.

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  18. Still SO impressed with the morning workouts. I workout at least 5 times a week, but use it as an afternoon pick me up most days. Nothing makes me feel as good as a run or something to get my heart pumping... but that doesn't mean I like it. Eating right is my challenge too- it isn't the big stuff (I feel like most of our meals are healthy) but the snacks and what not that I need to work on!

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  19. I had to tell myself yesterday morning that getting out of bed was likely the hardest thing I would do all day, so if I just did it, then my day would be easier. It kind of worked.

    For eating, I am the worst. I just like food and I'm married to someone who loves food. I ate okay yesterday, from a my fitness pal standpoint, and I feel like crap because I was so worried about calories that I underate. When I eat what I want, I feel so much better! Ugh. I wish I knew the magic secret or had words of advice, but I'm just as lost!

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  20. I love your outlook on this and you're so right that exercise is such a big investment on our health. 47 days in a row is amazing and it definitely sounds like you've established a routine without falling into a slippery slope of going weeks without exercising. I had a mini meltdown over the weekend when I tried to put on a dress from a few months ago for Easter and it did not fit-- like at all, more than the stupid scale that's always the biggest moment of knowing I really need to work on my health and fitness.

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  21. So I have never been successful at morning workouts...but when I'm at the shore, I get up and walk my ass around for 45-50 minutes before the sun rises...because I *want* to. I should do that more mornings. Like why not just walk around the neighborhood for 20-30 minutes? Like you said, once I'm up, I'm up...it would be nice to be done.

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  22. So I just finished reading over at PBfingers.com <---it was about being an abstainer vs moderator. Like, if I eat chips I eat a whole f-ing bag of chips. Not one, not 5, I eat them until my stomach hurts & I hate myself. I would much rather just never eat chips again than attempt to only have a few. So I am an abstainer. Meanwhile, moderators can have a few of something. A bite of this or a handful of chips & be satisfied & just close up the bag & move on with their lives.

    Maybe you're an abstainer like me? I do a lot better with hard & fast rules. For a while I was doing really well with 2 things.
    1. Measuring out a portion size as advertised on the package. I never realized how small a 1/4 or 1/2 cup really was.
    2. Tracking things on MyFitnessPal app. I made my goal to track something BEFORE it went in my mouth. Sometimes, once I saw how many calories it was, & how it might derail me for the rest of the day I just said umm nope.

    So, the BF gets mad when he comes over because I don't keep a lot of snacky items in the house, because I'll eat them all. Maybe, if you're going to snack, force yourself to snack on like carrots. You can still overeat carrots, but you'll be better off than chips.

    ^finished rambling I guess. Hope some of that made sense.

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  23. Love that you are still working out so successfully! The food thing is really hard for me too (like so many of us!!) and I totally agree with the commenter above me (also read this on Julie AKA Peanut Butter Fingers' blog) this morning about being an abstainer. I can't keep snacky things in the house...Easter was a disaster because there was candy and chocolate everywhere and I ate myself into a sugar coma. That being said, my easiest way to stay on track while working is to meal prep in advance so that I'm not tempted to buy snacks or lunch at work. Eating every 2-3 hours works best for me too :) I try to focus on how GREAT I feel physically after a good stint of eating vs. how I felt yesterday after all of that sugar on the weekend. Loved this post and all of your honesty!

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  24. You are killin' it gurlie! I'm in awe of how many days in a row you went, and that you get up early to get it in. Don't be hard on yourself for the days you walked on the treadmill or just did a little yoga. Do what you can, because like you said anything is better than nothing :-D
    Green Fashionista

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  25. I'm right there with you.. today was Day 1!! I managed a 1.5 mile fast walk. not amazing.. but it was something!! I wish I had a secret for eating right... I'm trying to be meat free for the month of April. My friend is going thru yoga training and is encouraged to be meat free so she asked if I'd try it with her.. I'm curious to see if that kick starts a healthier eating habit!

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  26. You're right though there isn't some magical thing to MAKE you do it...you just have to do it. I struggle with the working out in the morning thing because I can't usually get to bed early enough to do that because of work and things, but everyone has to find what works for them and if working out in the mornings and taking Fridays off work for you then GREAT! And you're right something is better than nothing! I think you're doing great!

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  27. I love your ramblings! And I'm impressed with the changes you've been able to make. It's not easy and it's not always fun but you are making changes that add up in the long run of life and I think that's awesome. I have been very up and down with exercise while being pregnant, but I'm trying to also adapt the 'do something every day' mentality, no matter how small. Some days it's just a quick walk around the block, other days I'm feeling really strong and I'll climb a treadmill hill for 45 minutes, ya know?! Every little bit counts!

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  28. You're so right—there is no secret. You just do what you have to do, and if you're lucky you like it all the same, but even if you don't like it, you do. Sometimes I catch myself going "I don't feel like it right now," and I start thinking about when I can reschedule doing a thing (anything from exercise to answering emails to laundry)... but then I think Future Me isn't ever going to want to do it either. And it doesn't matter whether I *want* to do something or not if it has to be done. I'll actually say that to myself when I start whining "I don't wanna..."—I respond to myself with "So what? Who cares? Do it anyway." That may actually be my secret, if there was one.
    I think a lot of people mistake motivation for discipline. They think they need the former, when they really need the latter. They ask people who workout or train or whatever, "How do you stay motivated?" But we don't. I'm not motivated all the time. But when I'm staying on track, it's not because I'm super motivated to run 4x per week and practice 4-5x per week. It's because I'm disciplined enough (sometimes!) to do something even if I'm not motivated to do. And I think that's EXACTLY what your everyday exercise experiment did for you—it gave you discipline to do it daily, regardless of whether you felt motivated.
    Maybe that kind of mental reframing could help you feel more disciplined in your eating habits. I don't know, I can't say for sure. But I know that I started seeing things a lot differently when I swapped out motivation for discipline (mostly in my work life), and maybe it might have the same effect elsewhere...
    Thanks, as always, for linking up <3

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  29. I can relate so well, Kristen. Getting healthy has been a goal of mine for years and I failed miserably at it. There would be periods where I would be good, followed by LONG periods where I would be bad. I'm determined that this year will be the year that I finally make sustainable changes. For me, that was one huge issue. I made grandiose, unrealistic goals and set myself up to fail. I also recognize now that I wanted to fail. I really wasn't committed to changing because, like you hoped too, I wanted an easy solution. You're absolutely right that there isn't one. It's just doing the work and being committed to it. For me, baby steps have helped, instead of my old change everything at once routine. And addressing the reasons why I overeat (I'm an emotional eater, so figuring other, better ways to address emotions) and why I self-sabotaged previous efforts to get healthy. To know that I am enough and worthy of good health.

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  30. I'm trying to do better with the eating thing, and have just started using myfitnesspal (mostly because it links with my fitbit and I'm basically obsessed with the whole thing). I like that it educates me about what's in what I'm eating, but I'm keeping an eye on it because it can turn into an obsession with the numbers before you know it and that's not what it's all about. For me, I've found pre preparation and planning works wonders. Now I just need to get the working out half of the equation sorted!

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  31. Love your perspective on this. I could probably be good at working out in the morning but I let the "I just want to be lazy" get the better of me every.single.time. which is all on me. I don't think I'm fat by any means but I know that I could be healthier and I could "tighten" , you know, not lose weight, just tighten it up (a la Knocked Up). Hopefully you get that reference and giggled a little because that scene makes me giggle every time. lol

    Thanks for the motivation though! I need it! :)

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  32. You are rocking this exercise thing! Go you! I'm so like you with it needing to be a habit. It's just part of my morning routine so I do it. And you are spot on about the food thing - it is the same thing. I have no further "secrets" to share. ;) For me, it just needs to be routine/habit. The more you eat healthy food, the more you want it (or at least, that's the case for me and my husband). :) I know that writing about stuff like this helps you process it and challenges you so I hope that this post will be the beginning of a healthier eating journey for you! :)

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  33. I needed this so much today. I've been in a workout rut for a while now. I've gotten a decent handle on my food since I'm trying to follow a specific program. But I admit that sometimes I even have a hard time with that. I'm more conscious of what I'm eating so I try my hardest to make the better choice. Working out is a whole different beast for me. I need to build the discipline (like Alyssa mentioned) to wake up and start my day with a workout. I think that's what I'm missing. Instead of thinking of it as a motivation, think of it as a discipline. And just do it. Just get up. It's gonna suck. It's gonna be hard. But so what. I'll get over it. And I'm doing it for me. To make a change. To look and feel better. I'm gonna try tonight to work out and tomorrow morning will be the first day of my attempt to work out in the morning. Maybe I'll take your lead and SnapChat proof everyday. Thanks for being so honest in this post. This was perfect.

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  34. I think it's awesome that the weekend is your no-miss workout days - maybe I should try that mindset! As far as food goes, I've got nothing. I'm afraid I'm in the same boat as you most days - I'd rather eat a cookie than an apple. BUT ... you look amazing and are awesome. Just always know that! xo

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  35. Girl, I hear ya! I thought, "Hey if I just put it in my planner, then I'll go to the gym!" Unfortunately, the planner does not encourage me as much as I would hope. But you're doing such a great job! Keep it up!

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  36. Oh, the struggle. I am SO lazy these days/months/past year and it has to stop. You are such a motivation! I'm planning on starting the 30 day squat challenge in April (just need to tweak my calendar) to at least get this ass UP! Go you, lady! I'm so proud of you.

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  37. Oh gosh I feel you on this! I go through phases of doing so well with eating healthy and then I fall into the habit of not doing so hot. I've noticed that if I don't buy something I won't eat it. It's so simple but if I have Oreos in my cabinet, they will be demolished in like 2 days haha. I love how you talked about working out in the morning. How you make yourself just do it. That's awesome and keep up the good work!

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  38. ^^^ Alyssa on Discipline. Saying no, meaning it. Meaning it when you're alone and nobody has to know about those chips or that handful of jelly beans. That's the 'secret' if there is one. Being able to be accountable to yourself. Try the same thing, one day at a time, snap me about it, I'm trying for no bad bad bad things until May 7th (post Easter Lent). 1.5 days strong!

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  39. I feel like having a routine works best for me - and finding what you love. I workout in the mornings and I feel totally odd if I don't because my day just doesn't feel right. I need to get my sweat on, clear my head and wake up for the day ahead.

    Jesse on the other hand is way too lazy in the mornings so he works out in the evenings (which I find CRAAZZZY as after a long day of work the only thing I want to do is binge watch something on tv haha!)

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  40. <3 <3 <3 ----those are hearts in case you couldn't tell lol. I'm trying to get in shape for the same reasons, I don't want to be like basically every other adult (I don't consider myself an adult yet lol) I know! And I love what you said about mornings. I wake up early every day, besides the occasional Saturday/Sunday because I just have to get stuff done. I worked out this morning at 6AM and it was HARD, but it was out of the way, and IT HELPS ME SLEEP!!! Every day I work out, I sleep that night like a baby. It's magic.

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  41. You know I am right there with you. I wake up and work out monday-friday no problem. People constantly make statements to me that I am crazy for waking up at 435am but it is when I can fit my work out in. I dont have time after work. by the time I get home, cook dinner, eat dinner, wash dishes it is almost 8pm and I go to bed between 9-10pm and I need time to wind down and see my husband. I just do it, just like you said. And now I am a morning person and I sort of love that!

    Now food. Food has been and will always be my downfall. No matter how hard I try and how good intentions I have, something always sneaks back in to my diet slowly. And because that thing snuck in, so did this and this and then I am back to eating like shit more than I want to. I am trying to stick more to the moderation thing these days because if I completely cut certain things out long term it isn't pretty when I fall. Hard.

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  42. I can totally relate. Sometimes I have the mind set that if I don't start the week with a workout then working out the rest of the week is pointless (I know, it makes no sense). Whenever I want to eat healthy and I tell myself I don't know how to do it I just have to remind myself that I need to JUST DO IT. Just buy those veggies/fruit instead of the chocolate chip cookies!

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  43. So much of life comes down to choice. I think it's awesome that you are choosing to be healthy! One small step at a time is all it takes :)

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  44. You make a great point. There's no secret to it. It's all about mind set. I admire your drive to make it happen in the mornings and more often than not most weeks. You need a rest day here and there.

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  45. YES I love what you said about there being so secret. Sorry to totally piggyback on Alyssa's comment but I have the same view about discipline vs. motivation (pretty sure there's an inspirational quote about that floating out there somewhere...) and it is SO annoying to me when people are just unmotivated to do healthy things. I don't always want to swim or bike or run either, actually a lot of times I don't at first, but I'm disciplined enough to do it anyway, and I never regret it afterward. There is no secret to getting in a workout nearly every day, it's just discipline, and I had to discipline myself just like you did with mornings to get to where I am. Food is a little different, because sometimes I just crave things and if I eat something healthy instead I do end up being sad that I didn't eat the bag thing and then I usually eat it anyway. I haven't quite been able to master healthy eating like I have exercise, but you're right - there's no secret to good eating either.
    Btw, I'm almost scared to put this out there, but....my internet was acting up tonight so I didn't get to stream my Peloton class like I was going to, so....I'm going to get up and do it in the morning :X Expect snaps.

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  46. I needed to read this. Thank you for your honest advice!

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  47. what? there's no magic secret? ;) i am so proud of you putting in the work. and that's what has to be done to see results. my hardest thing is figuring out my schedule since i work 2 jobs.

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  48. Loved this message . . . I think most of us could write something similar. It's like we get one part going in the right directions and then we derail on the other side. I think it's true about food being the key . . . I worked out like a boss at boot camp, didn't change my eating habits and consequently didn't lose a pound. I could do push ups like a man and I was strong, but still had a layer of fluff every where. I think the 80% of being fit is your diet is true. Why, oh why, can't we get our crap straight? Progress, not perfection . . . you got this girl!

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  49. Oh goodness. So true. I was telling KC that when I lived on campus, before we got married... I just did it. I got up, I did yoga, I showered, ate a healthy breakfast because that's what I bought, I walked to class and work, I ate everything healthfully (almost... ) and did yoga almost every night too. There wasn't a secret it's just what I did. We need to get to that place as a couple. Because it's kinda lame... but we just want to hang out together, we never want to do productive or necessary things when we hang out... unless it's the very last second. We need to get to the place of just making those things habit. Luckily a friend texted the other day and said hey, I just did ballet workout. Wanna text and stay accountable? So, we're doing that now. After one (REALLY DIFFICULT) Bollywood workout, and two easy yoga sessions, and a few walks... I'm already feeling better about it. For me, and food right now, it has become a fun thing to do. A fun thing to go out for, to purchase etc. I don't know that I even want the food all the time. But I want to run out of the office for 10 min and grab a drink, or grab lunch, etc. Usually once I think about it... I don't need to have the food. But it does occasionally grip me. I NEED X,Y,Z food. But I think that's the addiction to the fun thing, to treating myself, to the sugar probably... if I can make myself think about it... I can usually avoid it. Not always, of course, I don't even know if I would want to always avoid it... but yeah. I don't know if that made sense... but that's how I am feeling about it right now. :) Good luck! XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  50. I think everyone has their rock bottom....it's the point where you just can't anymore and you've had enough. for me, it was in 2012. for my husband, it was last year and for both of us, it was a picture we saw of ourselves and were were like WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK, IS THAT ME?! then there was no turning back.

    once you hit that rock bottom, it is actually way easier to stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine. it took me SEVEN YEARS to hit my rock bottom; over ten for my husband. when he got to that point, he was like fuck this shit and dropped 45lbs in 3 months just through proper eating and regular exercise. i look at him and think wow! Husband 2.0 haha!

    seriously though, you are 100% right -- you just have to do it. you also have to find something you enjoy doing because we all want to do things we love and those things never feel like a chore. you know how much i love muay thai so going 6 days a week never feels like a chore for me. if my body could take it, i'd go twice a day!

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  51. First of all, amazing job on your workout habit and morning routine! That's awesome sauce! If it weren't for me being a SAHM and being on my own schedule, I certainly wouldn't make it to the basement half as much as I do now. But like you said, every little bit counts! I feel your pain on the eating thing. I always use the excuse that I don't want to buy food that's going to go to waste because I'm the only one home to eat it and I can't eat it all. Or the fact that I despise cooking for just myself. It's too much work for just me. But, I know it's just piss poor excuses. Some days I do good and some days (like today) I just suck. Long story short, I don't have any advice for the eating thing... I guess just sticking to a goal of meal prepping/planning and doing it! Oh and having the self control to pass up the goodies! :)

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  52. Habits and routines, habits and routines....
    Good for you for setting a goal and getting there!
    I'm the complete opposite: I like to workout at night, but I occasionally do a 10 minute yoga/pilates/stretch before work.

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  53. This is pretty much the big thing I struggle with -- eating right. I've tried logging meals into MyFitnessPal and synced it to my Pact app so if I didn't log meals, I had to cough up $5 per day missed. I couldn't keep it up so dropped that part of my Pact. I thought I could just write my meals down in a journal -- but I had to do that both times I was pregnant (gestational diabetes - sucks) but I got tired of that after one meal. Now I just know to keep all crap-foods away from me. I pack my lunch and snacks to work every day ... EVERY day. That helps me save money by not eating out or hitting the vending machine and helps me make sure I'm eating somewhat decent. I used to be a morning workout person -- but my husband is a night owl so we weren't seeing much of each other. Now I get my run in or go to the Y in the evenings with him. I like the idea of cheat days with eating and with working out (skipping a day) but I probably wouldn't stop at just one day ...

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  54. Ohhh, this post really speaks to me. I get it. I get everything you are saying. I'm still working on making regular working out a habit, but I feel like I'm getting there? It's so easy for me to let a few days of missed workouts turn into months of not working out and I want to avoid that ever happening again. I am a naturally lazy person, and I am definitely not a morning person (yet), although I'd love to be one. Food though - man, I wish food was as easy as working out. I don't go a day either without eating something unhealthy. And I know, I know..."moderation" and all, but most days it's more than one unhealthy thing and all those "one unhealthy" things do actually add up! I wish I too had the magical answer. I wish I didn't love food as much as I do (the unhealthy kind), I wish I had more willpower when it came to eating said food. I wish, I wish, I wish. And I know I need to want it more than I want the bad food, but ya, I guess I'm not there yet? Anyway, I feel ya, and it was nice to read that I'm not the only one out there feeling this! xo

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  55. kudos to you for all that gym time! I just don't keep any bad food in the house, not even white bread. all whole wheat and no chips or sweets. stephen sneaks a few in sometimes but he puts them up high where I forget about them. eating out is difficult though, chips and guac are though to say no to! keep it up!! xx

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  56. I totally feel you on the enjoying the bad stuff way too much. The only thing I can say is avoidance sometimes helps but not being too restrictive. I know that if I go to a Mexican food restaurant I'll eat way too much, but I still will enjoy chips and salsa at home where it's easier to enjoy in moderation.

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  57. What a great post. I don't feel motivated to work out a lot of the time, but that graphic really helps putting things into perspective. I always feel better post-workout... it's just getting myself there that's the tough part!

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