As I’ve been embarking on the low carb journey now for over 3 months, I have found it to be effective yet difficult to maintain. Effective because I feel better, healthier, and have even lost a few pounds and inches. Difficult because I still want everything delicious and have even given into that sweet, delicious temptation. As mentioned in my last post, I found once I let myself have a cheat meal, I told myself it was okay to have another one, and another one. Before I knew it, I was having more cheat days then good days. For me, it’s not so much the breads and pasta, it’s the sweets. I started craving all delicious sweet treats since I had started this journey. Although I still cook my normal meals, and eat low carb meals on a regular basis, I would allow myself just one PSL from Starbucks. Or one donut from the box a coworker brought in. I would try a bite of fudge another coworker brought in. Not at first. But more so after the first month of doing great, then having a couple cheat meals, it made it that much easier to say yes.
So going into my 4th month, I am working on getting back on track and working towards my original goals. I have always still had those goals in mind, but sometimes it’s just so hard to see something seemingly so far away. This time around, I am working on cutting out any kind of sweets. Which will probably be the hardest thing for me. I am also looking to incorporate a workout routine of some sort. I want to start working out or doing some kind of physical activity 2 – 3 times a week, and pick some things I do enjoy so I’m more likely to do it. This week, I tried a Tabata workout. Its based on interval training, and the video I did had 5 intervals, each movement only last 20 seconds. It went by so fast! But the important thing is that I felt it. Although I have been sore for the last couple days, the physical activity felt great, and it was only a 25 minute workout. What’s 25 minutes?! I spend that just playing silly games on my phone. So, that’s where we’re starting. Attempting to cut out sweets and incorporating workouts.
As per my previous entry, I did start keeping an emotional eating journal. I’ve used it a few times and it has helped, but I haven’t been consistent with it. However, I did find just what I had expected. I craved most when I was stressed or emotional. So I am working on finding other options to sooth stresses and emotions. Figuring out what makes me happy, things I love to do that doesn’t include eating, and healthy ways to fill any voids. The most important thing to take away from this journey so far is that I’m important. My mental and physical being is important and worth taking care of. It should be one of the most important things in my life, and I never want to lose sight of that just to fulfill a short term need.