We are two weeks into the year and who is still sticking to their resolutions? If you have been keeping up with me over the years you know I do not make any resolutions. I do not even celebrate New Year's Eve. I just roll into the new year in my bed, and start with the same good-ole-routine of workout, breakfast, and life on January 1st.
Through the years, fitness and healthy living have become one of the greatest passions of my life. It would fall right after Travel on the top five list. I like being on-the-go and I like working out. Between these two activities and reading I do not need another thing or person in my life.
In the last quarter of the 2016 I had put on a good 10 pounds or so (can't be sure about the number because I don't weigh myself) with mindless eating. The only saving grace were consistent workouts else I would have blown up like a ballon. Once the vacations and social obligation got over I had set myself an agenda to shed those 10 pounds. Again! (Remember 8X8?).
You know I have done with SO MANY times in the last decade, shed the 10 pounds, that now I am starting to be ashamed of myself. Why can't I learn? Why don't I ALWAYS make mindful eating choices? Why do I give-in to the temptations? In 2015 I had stopped drinking alcohol. For good. That didn't help much because I never drank much in the first place. A glass of wine in a month is not many calories in broader spectrum of life.
You know what I actually needed to give up? Sweets and refined carbs. It has been two weeks since I have had either of the two. It has been a daily battle since then. I had once given up sugar for 6 months and I survived. This time I am trying to mentally train myself to give it up for good. Just the thought of it scares me, because I love SO MANY sweet things. But I want to break this cycle. I am tired of putting on and losing the same 10 pounds over the years. Every 'body' is different and mine is unforgiving to my weak will power. I cannot have a bite because it is like tasting blood. Once I had one bite, I want another. I am good with getting rid of things completely from my life versus keeping/having them in moderation. And sugar never really disappears. It always shows up on my butt and belly. Besides if I am able to achieve this sugar and (refined) card free life for good, I have other benefits to look forward to like, good skin, good internal health, high energy, and better looking body. Yes, I am vain. :)
So I went back to my decade old plan:
- Be Real - I know that nothing is going to change over night. It took good three to four months to pile on the fat, and hence it would take almost same amount of time to get rid of it. Hopefully, for good and never to gain it back again.
- H2O - I had been slacking on meeting my water quota in the past year. Now I am logging everything I eat and drink. 80 fl oz of water minimum.
- Balanced Meal - Yeah! That was probably the first thing that went out the door during the travels and holidays. Travel is injurious to my 'healthy lifestyle'. Have to ensure that I eat enough calories to survive, not any more than that! For sure the extra pounds didn't pile up magically. It was all the extra-unnecessary food I was putting in my mouth. I have incorporated more fiber, protein and foods that keep my fuller for longer.
- Workout - Like I said my only saving grace was that I do work out for at least 50 minutes 6 times a week (if I am not traveling). So the plan is to continue doing that and challenge myself with more new and different routines.
What do you think? Sounds like one-helluva-of-a-plan, right? Wish me luck!