Confidence Builders – Day 23…INDULGE YOURSELF!

Today I find myself struggling to keep my eyes open.  I have had the 2 orphan kitties for 11 days now, and I don’t think I have gotten more than 5 hours of sleep per night since they showed up.  They are getting bigger and doing well, so I think that is all about to change, but as of right now, I AM TIRED!

I am telling you all of this, because this post might seem like one big ramble.  I hope it makes sense. 🙂  Have a great day!

 

30-Days To a More Confident You!

Day 23 – Indulge Yourself!

What does that mean? Well first off, it does NOT say OVER Indulge Yourself! But total deprivation will NOT work! Let’s take fitness competitors as an example. Their diets are SO strict, that many of them have rebound weight gain, because it is NOT a lifestyle sustainable diet. Another example is fighters who fight in a weight class that is below their natural “fit and healthy” weight. They deplete and get “super lean”. Being super lean may be needed to win a competition or make weight for a fight, but for most people to be that lean is not sustainable and can make them actually fall into a binge – deprivation cycle, that is actually more unhealthy than carrying a bit of extra weight.

What I am talking about when I say Indulge is a treat meal maybe once a week that you can look forward too. For me, just knowing that I was going to get to have “Beer And Pizza” night with tony every Friday night, helped me stay on track the rest of the week. Oh sure, I may have over indulged at times which made my initial weight loss(125# over 18 months) seem like it took a LONG time to those who look for quick fixes that say they will “Lose 50# in a Month!”, but I have also kept it off for 3+ years now.

Those who lose too fast tend to be the ones who struggle the most to keep it off. Taking it slow and one step at a time and LEARNING how to be Fit and Healthy, makes it easier. I may struggle with 10# or so back and forth, but for the most part I am pretty content with where I am.  I am healthy, and I wear a size 6. That FAR exceeds the goals I set for myself back in 2008, and I can honestly say that I enjoy the exercise I do and the way I eat. AND….I LOVE MY LIFE! I have some GREAT new friends who are like minded and enjoy the same things I do and I have an AWESOME husband who, although he misses me sometimes because I am so busy right now, supports me and my dreams! What more can a girl ask for? 

So INDULGE! Have that piece of cake at your 5 year old’s Birthday Party! Have a cocktail when you go out for your Anniversary. Eat a slice of pizza every now and then. You are working on LIFELONG HEALTHY HABITS, not starving yourself to look good for 5 minutes!

MAKE today GREAT!!!

Head UP! Shoulders BACK! Smile ON! Now get out there and take on the world!!!

A little added bonus, here is my CHEAT MEAL RULES! that I have for myself.

MY CHEAT MEAL RULES!

  1. PLAN YOUR INDULGENCES! – No spur of the moment SPLURGES or BINGES!
  2. ENJOY WITHOUT GUILT!
  3. ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK! PERIOD!
  4. DO NOT OVER INDULGE! – Portion Control! Do not STUFF yourself!
  5. ONCE IT IS OVER….MOVE ON!!! No beating yourself up for it! One bad meal does NOT deserve another!

    NO BINGE EATING!  IT IS A TREAT MEAL, NOT A FREE FOR ALL!!!

    binge

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