As many of you know, the past several weeks were difficult for me. My energy levels were low and I had my first gain in several months. After a lot of thought, reflection, and prayer, I have realized something. I was thinking waaaaaay too much. Yes, we need to be mindful of what we eat. Yes, we need to make sure we have enough protein, whole grains, fruit, and vegetables. However, I think the problem was that I was thinking about it so much and trying to make everything so perfect, I was completely negating what I was trying to accomplish. The goal here is a lifestyle change. It is overall health and well-being. If I am driving myself crazy about every little thing I am doing, it defeats the purpose. I started thinking about what was so successful the last seven months, and what had changed. I used to try my best to eat well and exercise. That was good enough. A few weeks ago, I let old self creep back in a little. Not to the point that I wanted to quit, but I was making this much more stressful than it should be. No more! In the last two weeks, I am back to trying my best and allowing rest days without feeling guilty. I feel better, my weight is coming off again, and I am back to working out regularly.
The next time I feel myself over-thinking, I am going to re-read this and take my own advice. Thank you for taking another trip inside my brain and hanging in there with me! I have some exciting posts with healthy eating tips coming up!