Hope everyone is doing well. I really appreciate, whomever, looks at my journal. It keeps me motivated and makes me want to post.
We all have choices to make. Sometimes they area really small choices that can have a big ripple affect on our lives over time. Sometimes they are huge life changing right away choices that we make, which we instantly notice. The choice of what we are going to eat for a meal or the choice of whether we will exercise for the day or not are small choices that will have a big ripple affect over time.
Saturday I made the choice to eat 1 cookie, which led to me eating 3 vegan cookies throughout the day. I made the choice. I realized what I was doing when I made the choice. I took the responsibility. In the past, I might have taken a bite of the cookie and put it in my mouth before I knew what I was doing. I would eat unconsciously. Lately, I have made the choice to be present and aware of everything that I am eating.
I did not have a cookie binge on Saturday. I want that to be clear. I made the choice to have 3 cookies—not 3 cookies in a row but 3 cookies throughout the day. I also made the choice after I had 1 cookie to have a Mcdougall meal. I had a choice at that moment. After I ate 1 cookie, we later went to a vegan restaurant—on the same day. I could have gone for the French fries and fried up fake meat but instead I made the choice to have a plate of steamed veggies and steamed rice. I could have continued down a very destructive day. I could have just said “oh well, I ate 3 cookies, why eat well now? Why not go out with a bang and eat until my hearts desires? But I didn’t.
I hope this makes since. Sometimes we make excuses. I used to be an excuse queen. I used to be an unconscious eater. I’m not anymore. I know that I ate 3 cookies and that it was not a wise choice but it was a choice I made at that time and a choice I’m not guilty with. I post this so to lead by example, not to air out my dirty laundry or because I have guilt. You don’t have to let 1 choice ruin the rest of your day. You can pick it right back up at the next meal and choose a Mcdougall friendly meal. We all have choices; it’s just up to you how it all goes down.
I’m also happy to report that it didn’t cause any cravings. I’ve come a long way. This thinking has developed over years. It doesn’t happen over night, so don’t be hard on yourself. The journey is so worth it. I don’t want perfection. Perfection is unobtainable. I truly believe that. I am only looking for improvement. I’m making improvements with my choices and every time they just seem to get better and better.
I also didn’t want to exercise this weekend. I had an internal battle but I still went for 45 minute walks on Saturday and Sunday. I didn’t regret them.
I have lost 8 pounds in following the Mcdougall plan 100% for 1 month August 2011 to September 2011. It’s time for a new month. I’m making the choice to continue on, I have goals to reach.
Breakfast: Chai Tea with a raw almond bar, which was oil free and Mcdougall friendly
Lunch: Will be Oatmeal and cooked fruit
Dinner: Steamed squash and zucchini with sweet potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes
Snack if needed: Fruit
Exercise: 1 hour of walking.
Have a good day!! What will you choose differently today? 1 meal at a time…1 snack at a time. I’m rooting for you and always lurking