Fresh new month
Sunday, September 01, 2019
Anyone else excited for a fresh start? I struggled a lot in August but somehow started a new semester at school, got health insurance again (after 5 years!), started trying to lose weight again - failed at first - but got it together mid month and have been sticking to it thus far. This may sound weird but the only thing I'm tracking right now is saturated fat. It's a much more manageable number to track (13-15 grams/day)*, and I find it naturally steers you away from processed foods and overly fattening things. The rest I am playing intuitively and balancing what I want to eat with what I'm "allowed" to eat. For example I still have some ice cream left over from a few weeks ago and to even my surprise, I've only touched it twice and only if I have enough room for it at the end of the day and I've measured out the exact (very small!) amount. As someone who could eat a whole carton by myself in a night, it just shows me that my mind is where it needs to be. I think this weight loss stuff is 100% mental for real. And right now my goals feel more important than snacking and letting things slide.
Something that has been helping me is my Powersheets from Cultivate What Matters, it's a goal setting planner (I also use other planners, I'm a planner freak). It's not for weight loss it's for your whole life and helping you keep track of where you want to go in your life and tracking the goals to get there. I'm probably not explaining that very well but basically it's a great tool that has been helping me to keep everything is focus and remind me that not keeping my diet in check won't help me get to get where I want to be in my life. This is what the Powersheets book looks like:
Another thing I am proud of working on and improving in August is my water intake. Again, I struggled in the first half of the month but have mostly been on point in this latter half of the month. For me, the big story for August was managing my anxiety with the new school year and not using that as an excuse to emotionally eat. That has been something I've been hyper aware of, not just with school anxiety but with my emotions at work where there are tons of treats laying around. Even if that means I have to plan out everything I'm going to eat and even if it's the same boring thing that I bring to lunch at school or my job, that's just what I have to do keep on an even keel. "It's just food, relax" is something that popped in my head sometime last month when I was overthinking everything and getting stressed out, and it's SO much easier said than done but I think I really do need to relax and remember that I can make do with what I have or what I'm doing until I need to change something and worry about it at that point and not preemptively.
But I'm definitely excited for the fresh month and new beginning and making the most of it :)
Hope you are all doing well and if you are also a planner freak, who are favorites on YouTube to watch?? Or favorite planner Instas?
*the American Heart Association recommends 11-13 grams but I gave myself a little more since I am heavier (I have also tried this ratio before and found it too difficult to start there).