I feel obnoxiously motivated yesterday and today and I'm not quite sure why. I've wanted this type of motivation for years. Motivation to do things I used to do; things I used to enjoy. Motivation to lose weight, to not smoke, to be active and to be careful about what I eat. All of these things always seemed like challenges I would never complete, singly, let alone at the same time. I feel like I've bit off quite a bit and that I should be choking on it, but instead I'm excited for it, looking forward to the next bite. Food analogy about losing weight. Fat kid Inception.
Yesterday I walked for a total of 50 minutes and 2.67 miles. I work in downtown Covington, Kentucky which is on the Ohio River, directly across from Cincinnati, Ohio. When I go for my walks I usually two blocks to the Ohio River landing and walk down the river and look at the old architecture lining 'River Row'. Old, beautiful houses in that area. Yesterday, I tackled a three-story stair from Ohio River landing to the Roebling Bridge, a suspension bridge between Kentucky and Ohio. I walked across the suspension bridge into Cincinnati, then walked back, taking pictures along the way. I've saved a couple but am on my work computer so unknown if they will actually upload. I haven't exercised on purpose for more than a half hour in a decade or more. I'm hesitant in celebration because I'm unsure of whether this new found motivation is fleeting or here to stay. But I'm hopeful.
I did not stick to my meal menus yesterday, but I feel like I could have done much worse. I know that's dangerous thinking. I followed my menu until I got home. My wife is a social worker and some days she may receive a report just before the end of her day. Yesterday was one of those days. She's usually home before I am, but yesterday she didn't get home until closer to 6:30 PM. I was starving so I ate two servings of mixed greens salad with two servings of light Asian Sesame Vinaigrette dressing. I'm not sure whether I would classify this as giving into a craving or giving into hunger. Giving into hunger, I'm cool with. I'm hungry, I need to eat. But I was craving that salad. But on the same token, I could think of much worse things to crave and fold over.
Speaking of successfully resisted cravings, I've been absolutely dying for regular Coke and a Hershey Bar with almonds. Even before I got serious about this journey or even considered it, I would have a Hershey Bar with almonds maybe once a month and a can of regular Coke on a similar rotation. But every day I go into the break room to get ice and the vending machines are sitting there with that candy bar and Coke. Or baked BBQ lays. Or pizzeria Combos. I'm sorry if I'm triggering anyone here, but I've had the worst cravings for these foods. I mean, I know I feel like they're bad cravings because I'm actually resisting them. Previously when I had a craving it was no big deal. I'd just buy them and eat them. Self control has never been my strong suit, but I'm learning. Substitute the craving with water, a black coffee, a walk. Just like smoking. Concentrate on getting through the next 15 minutes without eating and you'll be alright.
I'm going to try and surpass my time, distance and steps walked today. That's my goal for the day. Even if it's one extra step. For the record, my steps were 13,000 when I took my counter off at 5:00 PM. First time I've counted steps past 10,000.
This evening we are going to my folks and it's going to be interesting eating right on someone else's 'menu'. I'm interested in what you've learned on your own personal journeys here. If I'm presented with crap that I can't eat tonight, do I just try and eat a healthy portion of it, or do I decline and wait until afterward to eat? What if I'm starving by that point? What if I'm starving when I get there? Everything in moderation or strict adherence? Thanks in advance!