Thirty-Day Challenge Check-In #2 by Stephanie Nickel

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Thirty-Day Challenge Check-In #2 by Stephanie Nickel

Do not give up

Do not give up by Sabine Sauermaul

Fumbling, Faltering, and Finishing

So, should I kick myself that my hubby and I celebrated our mutual anniversary with friends and I had a piece of lemon cheesecake?

Should I beat myself with a wet noodle because my son returned from Scotland with shortbread and expensive chocolates in tow – and I’ve eaten some every day since he returned?

Should I give up because I haven’t done as much resistance training as I would have hoped?

Nope. Nope. And again I say, “Nope.”

What did I do right?

I ate all my veggies but didn’t stuff myself with the main course but let my hubby eat the rest of my mashed potato-stuffed Yorkshire pudding topped with roast beef and gravy. (Not so good for him perhaps, but that’s a story for another day.) Yes, a half a dessert would have done me quite nicely . . . next time, on a cheat day.

I have limited my shortbread and chocolate intake. While I’m only eating 100 calories worth of shortbread, I have no idea the nutritional info for two chocolates. Labelling laws aren’t the same on the other side of the Pond.

My weights are close at hand and I do exercise while working at the computer. I have done a fair amount of upper body work. I do need to do more squats, lunges, etc. and I will be doing so in the days to come. My hubby and I have made walking a regular thing and that’s good for both of us.

So, how can I encourage you through my honesty? Let me give you a half dozen tips.

1. Don’t beat yourself up about what you did or didn’t do yesterday. Today – this minute, even – is a new beginning.

2. Rejoice in the steps you’ve taken toward a healthier life, even the baby steps. (Don’t, however, celebrate with a big piece of cake.)

3. Write out a detailed, doable plan for the next week, including a menu. Things become more real – and more likely will happen – if they’re written down.

4. Drink a glass of water before you eat or drink something else. Among other things, it will fill up your stomach and make it less likely that you’ll overdo it.

5. Stay honest with yourself and with at least one other person. Though you can be tempted to give up or downplay the fumbles, an encouraging yet committed accountability partner can help get you back on track and hold you to the goals you set for yourself.

6. If you suspect you have an unhealthy emotional attachment to food, take a deep breath and contact a professional. (Note: You don’t have to be extremely overweight for this to be the case. One of the benefits of my personal 30-Day Challenge is my recognition that I often eat out of boredom. Even if I break that habit, the Challenge will have been a success.)

All the best for the week to come. If you need to make a fresh start, give yourself permission to do so.

 

Stephanie NickelStephanie Nickel, CLD, PTS is a freelance writer and editor, a labour doula, and a personal trainer.

You can read about her eclectic interests and visit her website for more information.

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