Procrastination, Food Journaling, and Sharing: All in a Day of Non-Work
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:
- 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.)
- Food journal at least 5 days.
- Limit the starches to what I know I should be eating, and focus on getting whole grains most of the time.
- Limit myself to 2 treats this week (1 on Sunday, 1 next Wednesday).
- 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.