This is the tale of my lovely lady humps: my weight. I have always “yo-yoed” with the numbers on the scale. In high school I played field hockey and was very fit. After high school, I worked a lot and gained weight. Then I started working in a warehouse and was more active, so I lost weight; you get the picture. I tried a few fad diets here and there. Never for very long, and no matter what, when I “fell off the wagon” it was because either “life got hard” or I started to feel like I was doing the same thing, over and over.
Monotony vs. Habit
Habit and monotony can be easily confused when starting to change your lifestyle. A habit is something that you do out of routine. For example, I have a habit of eating salads, smoothies and going to the gym on Sunday mornings. Even if I have been up late on Saturday night, I am up and getting ready to go to the gym on Sunday morning. However, monotony is when it is time to eat that salad or smoothie and I eat it because it is all that I have, but if I had something else…I may eat that. Or when I get to the gym, I realize I don’t want to see the elliptical or hear “last time, 1, 2, 3” in my workout class- I rather be at home sleeping- I don’t care how good I will feel after- I can’t stop thinking about my fluffy pillow and furry friends (who somehow invaded my bed last night).
Mix it up!
So when you rather eat that slice of pizza rather than your salad, or hit the drive through because you don’t want to drink one more breakfast smoothie- it doesn’t mean that your habits have to change (which is what happened to me in the past). It just meant that I had to recognize I needed to change things up a little. I personally have a very hard time with change. So when I like my salads, I hesitate to change them. So instead of trying a whole new recipe, I added a new ingredient (like artichokes) or I used a different salad dressing. I had to recognize that I didn’t want a smoothie and I was going to change up breakfast a little. It is important to be aware of when things start to feel “dull” and mix things up. Instead of going to the gym on Sunday, I went Saturday and tried a new class, met some new people and instructors and changed up my exercise routine a little.
Good, Bad & Ugly
When I start to think about why I am doing what I am doing, I think about the good, bad & ugly.
- Good – In the good times I am seeing results, I have good or great work outs, my clothes fit great and I am overall just feeling great!
- Bad – When times are “bad” or monotonous, I start to feel “blah” or like I’m in a slump. I may get highly emotional and/or sensitive. Yeah, I know, imagine that. A woman. Sensitive. Hahaha. This is when I need to make sure I revisit the good times and why I want/need to make healthier choices.
- Ugly – When times have gotten “ugly” in my world, I am no longer maintaining my weight or gaining a few pounds, I am gaining more than a few pounds, I no longer have self-discipline, I have for the most part “given up”.
Fortunately, I have not seen the “ugly” times in a long time. Things have definitely been bad here and there, but I believe that since my habits are not extreme, highly calculated, complicated or confusing, that I am easily able to catch myself and revisit the good times.
No matter what, it is easier to rise above it all- than to start all over again! 🙂
So what are some of your good, bad and ugly times? How do you avoid monotony?
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