One of my favorite blogs is Foodtrainers. Throughout this journey, I have learned to be very careful of what kind of advice or tips that I consider "valid", and this particular blog is absolutely fantastic for providing valid and real advice. Advice about healthy living, weight loss, being a mommy who is trying to do it all, and many other items of interest. When I looked at the most recent blog post I was really stunned at how it was a picture perfect replica of my life. Not just prior to this new journey, but even now.
Over the past few weeks, and in particular since my son had his surgery, I have found myself being a lot more lenient in regards to grazing and having a bite of this or that each day. And what I have come to realize is this: "You are still in the beginning stages of this new lifestyle, and you simply cannot cheat." I am not at the point where "Don't be so hard on yourself" is applicable. This might sound really harsh and it might seem like I am setting myself up for a disaster in the long-term, but I don't really think so. I NEED to be harder on myself when it comes to snacking on the wrong things because I have not reached my goal. And I am not going to attain that goal if I live in such a way that allows me to backslide into old habits. Those are the very habits that got me to where I was in the first place. Now, I'm not saying that you can't indulge. In fact, I wrote a previous blog post about this very thing. But what I am saying is that those 10 M&M's that I am eating every single day in the blink of an eye are going to add up!
However, I absolutely love the end of the blog that talks about your Victory List. I'm not really into all of the Psycho-Babble that goes on in today's culture, but I do believe that rewarding yourself in a positive manner creates significant strides in your self-confidence and allows you to move that tiny small step ahead towards your personal goals. I am also a person who loves a challenge, so I think it would be helpful for me to set a small goal for each day, and then celebrate at the end of the day with a much needed pat on the back!
Having said that, my husband should be thrilled when our closet space begins to slowly disappear due to my new DSW shopping habit. I deserve it, right? :-)