A few months ago I decided to stop the vicious cycle of either being on or off of a diet. I wanted to make changes to my life that were lifelong and to move away from extreme dieting. At first I wasn’t sure what “not dieting” would look like, especially because I still wanted to lose weight. All I knew was that I was tired of restarting and wanted to make lifestyle changes that would result in a happier and healthier life overall.
When I first stopped tracking my macros and calories I allowed myself to eat anything in moderation. I didn’t lose any weight those first few weeks but the mental freedom it gave me back was worth it. I gave myself permission to treat food as food. To move away from “good” and “bad” and to be confident in my choices.
The next phase for me has been to balance my diet and to focus more on nutrition. This has been a tougher phase for me because of time. Whether I’m rushing out the door in the morning, working through my lunch break, or running from daycare pick up to football practice, I just don’t have a lot of extra time on my hands. Well, it’s more that I don’t use my “free time” to cook, meal prep, or to eat. Food just hasn’t been my focus, which is great on one hand, but a detriment on the other. If I am rushing out of the house it’s just easier to grab a banana and almond butter sandwich instead of making a veggie packed omelet. Make ahead meals would be ideal, but I’ve had a hard time carving a few hours out of our weekend to cook for the work week.
- A carbohydrate and protein heavy breakfast (smoothies, toast with almond butter, eggs)
- Homemade lunches for the work week (salads, veggies with protein, soup, leftovers)
- Snacks on hand (almonds, yogurt, carrots, jerky)
- Balanced dinners (complex carbs, veggies, and protein)
- Spark over coffee, but I drink both
- Order whatever I like when we eat out, stop when satisfied
- Desserts/treats on occasion
- Lots of vegetables
- Supplements and vitamins to support my diet
- No negativity
- No judgement
- Scaleless Summer
Moving into month 3 I want to work on planning ahead and making healthier choices in the moment. In July I’m going to a week long work conference and will also go on a family vacation. Making healthy choices while away will be really important to me. I also want to do a better job of taking an actual lunch break at work. Whether I’m eating lunch away from my desk or working out, I need to use that hour! Lastly, I want to create a livable/doable workout routine. Returning to football has been awesome but my routine is out of wack. I want to work on this in month 3.