My Ten Commandments
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
First a word about my daughter. The youngest of my three, she was always the competitive one. The anxious one. The one who moves through life at a quick pace - starting with birth. She jumped the starting gun and came two weeks early announcing that she was ready to get out of the pool when my water broke and an hour later she was enjoying a high protein post swim snack at my breast. These days she is the ultimate multi-tasking divorced, working mother of two. She burns off her nervous energy by always training for SOMETHING, be it a marathon, sprint tri, full tri. Socially conscious however, I doubt that she'll ever do an "Iron Man" until they change the name to Iron man, woman, LGBT...
Suffice it to say that when I started whining again this January that the older I get, the harder it gets to take off the weight from my three month "holiday eatathon" (the ONLY "thon" I've ever done), I asked her advice how to bump up my workout or whatever to help budge those extra pounds. She said she'd get back to me. So a few days later she text messages me (dialing my phone to call must take too long):
I askd a trainer @ the gym & he sd to burn more cals than you take in...
My reply: I hope ur nt paying hm...
The truth is, I know what I need to do to take weight off. I did it successfully 9 years ago and except for those few stubborn pounds that manage to sneak on every November and December, I eventually get them off by spring. Iowa spring, not Alabama spring.
How? I buckle down. I don't starve myself. Never did, never will. But I do go back to my rules. I call them my 10 commandments:
1. Thou shalt not eat anywhere in the house except at the dining table.
2. Thou shalt not have anything in a fast food restaurant except for salad or chilli.
3. Thou shall plan your menus a week ahead and stick to a grocery list.
4. Thou shall track your food on Spark People each and every day be it good, bad, or ugly.
5. Thou shall work out at least 5 days a week even if it's only a quick walk around the block.
6. Thou shall plan what I'm going to eat in a restaurant before I hit the door and don't even look at a menu unless it's a new place and if it is, go with the fish or chicken and vegetables
7. Thou shall eat 5-6 times per day incorporating healthy snacks to keep my blood sugar level and avoid overeating at the meals.
8. Thou shall have one serving of meat, one serving of carbs, and go to town on the veggies to my stomach's content at dinner.
9. Thou shall drink water, water, and more water. No soda pop or artificially sweetened drinks.
10. Thou shall be kind to myself and if I break a commandment, own it, forgive it, and MOVE ON!
That last one is probably the toughest out of the lot for me, but the trade off is that I feel so much better back at goal and I look forward to the warm months not terrified of shorts or swimsuits or sleeveless tops.
So I have a novel idea this year: I'm going to make these not just my "weight loss rules", but my "rules to live by". Every day, week, month, year. No more scrambling each January to get back to goal.
I texted my daughter the other day to let her know the weight was coming off with a return to my rules of healthy eating and exercise and a short while later I get her reply: