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Now that we’re out of the “Resolution Month” of January, I thought I would check in regarding my “focus on health” and how it has been doing. To be frank, there have been some successes and some pretty big fails. Most importantly, though, there’s been a lot of introspection and I’m working hard on self-awareness and being honest about how I feel about different aspects of my health. So, let’s get right to it!
Fail: Challenges and restricting foods
As I touched on in this post, my experience with the Barre3 Challenge was very difficult for me where food was concerned. Although I haven’t talked about it since, I ended up going completely off the rails during the challenge and eating everything in sight – way worse stuff than I ever would have had I just not tried to restrict myself. I have since learned why this happened, and I’ll be sharing it in a later post, but suffice to say that trying to go on any type of diet has not been successful and has made me feel horrible about myself.
For most of my life, eating disorder or otherwise, my thoughts about salad have been summed up perfectly by Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation:
Can some salads be okay? Sure, maybe. But I never craved a salad and I certainly didn’t look forward to eating one. It was more of a “Oh, there’s nothing else on this menu that I can eat” type of misfortune. As part of my focus on health, I decided to give those mason jar salad things you’re seeing all over Pinterest and Facebook a try. I figured it wouldn’t kill me to try it once, and adding a few more vegetables to my day definitely counts as healthy, right? Well, so far, it’s been a resounding success! I made a Mediterranean salad that was absolutely delicious. I literally could not wait to eat my lunch on the days I brought it. This week, I am bringing BBQ chicken salads to work. I don’t love them quite as much as the Mediterranean salad, but I think it has to do with the sauce I bought.
I don’t have a recipe since I made it up on the fly, but the ingredients are (in order from bottom to top):
- BBQ sauce
- Red Onions
- Black beans
- Roasted sweet potatoes
- Shredded chicken
- Cheddar cheese
I’m looking forward to experimenting more with the salads, although I probably won’t eat them every day. Sometimes, I just want something warm for lunch! My stomach also doesn’t handle a lot of vegetables well, so I’ll have to see what amount I can handle.
Fail: Leaning on alcohol
I’m not very proud of the way I’ve been treating alcohol lately. I’m no alcoholic and I don’t actually even drink very much at once anymore, but I try very hard to be cognizant of when I am leaning on alcohol as an emotional crutch after a hard or stressful day. While some people are stress eaters, I’m definitely more of a stress drinker, even if it is just a glass of wine when I get home, which is usually the case. I couldn’t even tell you the last time I got drunk, so it’s not that. The problem comes when I feel like I need that glass of wine. I don’t like that feeling, and I’ve worked very hard over the past few years to get past it and channel my energy in other directions, like exercise or cleaning the house. Fine, exercise.
Success: Running for the fun of it and working out how and when I want
I’ve really been knocking it out of the park on the workout front so far. Not necessarily in that I’ve been doing so much or running so fast or lifting so heavy – because let’s be honest, I’m not – but I’ve been having fun and haven’t been pressuring myself to do anything I don’t want to do. I’ve enjoyed marathon training so far and am just running at whatever pace feels comfortable. I’m adding in strength workouts that seem fun, doing barre as often as I feel like, and getting on my bike and riding how and when I want. It’s a good mix, and I’m really happy with the balance I’ve found right now. I hope it continues!
So overall, I’m happy with how things are going. If nothing else, I’m aware of my thought processes and why I’m making the decisions I am making, even if I can’t always force myself to make the right decision just yet. I love the way I’m feeling towards exercise and food lately, so that’s a huge step in the right direction!
LEAVE A COMMENT: How are your New Year’s resolutions going? How can you better focus on your health this year?