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Procrastination, Food Journaling, and Sharing: All in a Day of Non-Work

June 1, 2011

I just knocked a big to-do off my list.  It’s something unpleasant that I’ve been putting off for several weeks now, and it’s a gigantic relief to finally get it done.

Do you ever procrastinate?  In this case, my to-do item caused me so much anxiety just to think about it that I definitely avoided it as much as possible.  Not the best policy, I know.  You’d think eventually I’d be grown up enough to face things head on – but, apparently not.

Kind of a funny day today.  Woke up to a slightly sore IT band (lateral knee).  Not completely surprising, considering my run + workout yesterday.  So, I succumbed to excuse-making and didn’t go for a bike ride, though I pulled my lovely gel pack out of the freezer and iced my knee several times today.

I’ve got an easy 6k run on the agenda tomorrow.  Unless something happens to my knee overnight, I’ll be heading out there, but I’ll be looping close to home just in case I have to cut the run short and hurry home to ice.  If I do have to cut it short, I will either stationary bike or lift some weights instead.  No excuses allowed.  Make it work.

On the eating front, I’ve been food journaling as of late and now it’s time to Focus on Weight Loss.  For real.  No more procrastination when I comes to nutrition, either!

The beauty of food journaling is that you can’t kid yourself about exactly what you’re consuming.  If you don’t write it down, it’s easy enough to forget that extra slice of bread in the afternoon, or those few extra bites of lasagna you hoovered, or even the fact that you powered through oatmeal and a smoothie for breakfast, and then added in a piece of toast that your daughter left behind.

Let me tell you, my food journal is telling me that I am eating WAY too many starches.  It’s just that simple.  I worked with a dietitian all last year, so I’m pretty aware of what my diet should look like if I’m focusing on weight loss, and I am currently not there.  I’ve boosted my fruit and especially veggie intake over the past couple of weeks, and that’s fabulous.  But…I’m not only eating too many servings of starches, but also not the most nutritious forms of starches that I could.  As someone with PCOS (as I’ve mentioned before here and here), my body is not great at dealing with starches, so when I closely monitor the amount and type I consume, weight loss goes SO much better.

My nutrition action plan for this week:

  1. Keep up the good work with the veggies!  Make sure I get at least 4 servings per day 5 of 7 days this week. (I think I’ve been averaging 5 per day, so I feel good about this goal.)
  2. Food journal at least 5 days.
  3. Limit the starches to what I know I should be eating, and focus on getting whole grains most of the time.
  4. Limit myself to 2 treats this week (1 on Sunday, 1 next Wednesday).
  5. Track how much liquid I’m drinking at least 4 days this week.  Since my training is increasing, I’d better make sure I’m staying sufficiently hydrated.

Ugh, gold. What was I thinking?

As a reward for meeting my goals this week, I will get a polish change, because even though my spa day the other day was fantastic, I hate the colours I chose.  Not a big deal, but it’s a tempting enough reward, I think, to give me the extra kick in the pants I need.  [And, wow, can I get any more vapid and superficial?!?]
Also, thought I’d share a picture my daughter took of my husband and me on Sunday.  Pretty good photography for a 5 year old.  I’m totally bragging and bursting with pride, because that’s what moms do, right?
Ooh, and before I forget, check out this post from Kat over at Tenaciously Yours, and then head on over to http://www.refresheverything.com/greenvilleartscouncil.  As I former band geek (clarinet) and avid reader of Kat’s blog, I wanted to share this great cause with ya’ll.
So, confess: are you a proscrastinator or a just-get-it-done kind of person?  Don’t worry, I won’t judge.  I’ve been rocking the procrastination thing for YEARS….though I am getting a little better.

 

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  1. June 2, 2011 7:23 am

    I like the gold on your toes — it looks cute and super summery.

    It all depends — I tend to procrastinate at first but then suddenly there is a fire under my ass and I just get it done.

    • June 2, 2011 11:36 am

      Thanks re: the gold. I was going for summery, but don’t feel I quite nailed it…

      Yeah, I have kind of a threshold, too, where all of a sudden, I just do it.

  2. June 2, 2011 8:56 am

    I am totally a procrastinator but when I NEED ot get something done, I do!

    What a great shot of you and your hubbby! I would be bragging too ;)

    I think keeping a food journal is an excellent way to keep yourself accountable and aware of what you are putting in your mouth! Hope it works for you!

    • June 2, 2011 11:37 am

      It has worked in the past, so I’m hoping it’ll do the trick and help keep me accountable for what I’m putting in my mouth. Sometimes it’s surprising what you eat without even thinking about it!

  3. stacey permalink
    June 2, 2011 7:04 pm

    Total procrastinator, I love feeling the pressure, I believe that is when my best ideas come out. Or at least that is what I have led myself to believe.

    Also I wanted to let you know that I was totally inspired by all your blogging especially from your last post. After doing QCM last year my one thought was why didn’t I track the experience of training with all the ups and downs. I’m not as brave to blog but a journal has been bought and ready to go for Monday when official training begins. So thanks Jo!!!

  4. Nicole permalink
    June 2, 2011 7:22 pm

    I am a true procrastinator and I don’t like it. I have tried to change many times but it hasn’t happened yet :) I will get things done but the pressure makes me wait until I have no choice. I like your toe color.

    • June 2, 2011 7:44 pm

      I’m with you on having tried to change!! I’m getting better, but still not “cured.”

  5. June 2, 2011 7:30 pm

    1. Thank you SO much for paying it forward, lady!

    2. I’m A Fan of the gold toes, but they were definitely a bold choice. Probably channel gold as your Power Color or something of the like right now.

    3. That snap of you and Husband is so sweet! Daughter did a lovely job of framing :)

  6. June 2, 2011 7:50 pm

    Oh I am such a procrastinator!!! Especially with this Resume I am meant to be writing!! It’s been at the top of my To Do list for weeks, do you think I have even started??? I assure you I have a perfectly good explanation!!!!!

    • June 2, 2011 7:55 pm

      LOL, I’m sure you do. Funny how some things just stay on the to-do list FOREVER.

  7. Kim permalink
    June 3, 2011 6:28 pm

    I like the color too! I need to do the same with my diet. Usually really good about tracking but sipping last couple weeks. :(

  8. June 4, 2011 12:13 am

    You two are such a good-looking couple!!!

    I am the BIGGEST procrastinator ever. It is not good. But I always get things done on time.

    • June 4, 2011 8:56 am

      Well, it certainly seems like I’m not alone with the procrastination! And thanks for the compliment ;)

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