Oh if only! 😉 Okay, so there’s actually something pretty heavy that I just need to get off my chest. Beware folks, it’s about to get a little ranty up in here. The weight that’s been on my chest (okay so really my mind) has actually been a lot of the astounding feedback people have given me along the way to developing a healthier lifestyle—saying yes to maintaining regular exercise and no to certain foods that I don’t value as worthwhile for my personal health. I’m just overwhelmed and heavy-hearted from statements like:
“Well it’s not like any of it matters. Once you get older / get married / have kids, there’s no point in trying to stay in shape or eat healthy. You’ll see. Just wait for it.”
“We’re all going to die eventually. We may as well indulge in deep-fried foods while we’re on our way.”
“It’s not like you can actually control your cravings.”
“I can’t believe you don’t get sick of eating all that healthy food.”
“It’s not like you need to watch what you eat anymore—you’re already skinny.”
“A little ___________ never hurt anyone.”
“Do you really think you’re going to be able to maintain this in the long run?!? Good luck with that. It’s a very rare thing for someone to actually do that.”
And to that, I say “PHOOOEY.” Phooey. Phooey. Phooey. Those mentalities are exactly what kept me unhealthy and unhappy for so long. No thank you. I’ve felt what it is to be healthy and free from old toxic mindsets I have NO desire to turn back. Do I believe in indulgence? Oh you better believe I do! But the mentality of throwing in the towel and just “letting myself go” after reaching my healthy goal weight is out of the question for me. I’ve spent my entire life quitting on myself—why would I come this far just to quit all over again? What does it benefit me to sell myself short of a full, healthy, happy life?? I don’t believe it does.
Is maintaining a healthy lifestyle easy? Honestly, most of the time, yeah it is! It’s become a lifestyle for me, so it’s pretty automatic. I’m not gonna lie, it does get rough at times. The most difficult part for me is dealing with the judgement and snide remarks of those who don’t understand why I choose to eat or not eat the things I do. But I’ve seen the positive results of my healthier choices and I’ve felt the fulfillment of reaching my goals and the bliss of seeing and hearing about others who are reclaiming their health. And THAT far outweighs the bitter remarks, jeers, and sneers. Will I struggle as I continue to maintain? Sure—that’s what I’m anticipating, at least. It’s all par for the course on this journey, but I’m also determined to keep moving forward while I’m on it. I’m constantly learning through it and along the way, I’ve learned more of why I do what I do and what healthy boundaries I need to keep in place so that I can be the best I can be when it comes to my overall health. It’s for that reason that I continue to set monthly goals.
So what do my goals look like now that I’ve maintained my healthy weight for a month? Like this:
Lifestyle: No-Shopping Spree
- Things allowed: Rent, Utilities, Bills, Meal-Planned Groceries/Food, anything that improves my wealth or brain (such as mutual funds, finance books, magazines, etc).
- Things NOT allowed: Gadgets, Clothing, Decorations, Furniture, Online goods, Impulse purchases, On-the-go snacks & coffee.
Numbers: Increase daily protein intake (at least 15.6g per meal).
Fitness: Reverse Lunge Challenge
Aside from wanting to continually develop personal disciplines as I navigate my journey to optimum overall health, here’s why I chose these goals for the next month:
Lifestyle Goal: No-Shopping Spree
Remember when I said that I fully believe in indulgence? Well I meant it—only, I’ve come to realize it’s not ALWAYS a good thing. Lately, I’ve been overindulging and my bank account is starting to reflect that. I mean, really, this is what’s been happening to my purchase history lately:
PS: This coffee brew is SPECTACULAR!!! I was drooling just from the aroma of the machine grinding it, and when I had my first cup this morning, I understood more fully what love is. 😉
The only sad thing about this one is that I only got through a couple of bites of the Nanaimo Bar. When I picked it out from the case, I thought it would be more of a creamy custard because of the wrapper it was originally in. When I peeled off the wrapper and discovered that it was actually a stiff dessert, I decided to just go for it anyway, even though I was majorly disappointed (since I was craving something creamy). I took a couple of bites and it just tasted like pure sugar and it was way too sweet for my liking. I decided to give it a rest and come back to it. However, after 10 minutes, my stomach started hurting from the sugar overload. Honestly, I think I may be developing a sugar sensitivity. I’ve noticed my stomach hurts after eating my “treats” that have a high sugar content. I’m still waiting for my doc to get back from out of town so that I can get that checked out/tested, but in the meantime, I’m okay with cutting out the excess sugars (that don’t come from natural fruit). As I’ve gone through the No-Sugar Challenge and this journey in general, I’ve DISCOVERED that I don’t NEED excess sugars to live—they’re just a treat, and I can always resort to sugar-free treats to feel like I’ve indulged. 🙂 But yeah, the Nanaimo Bar was actually quite disappointing.
Moving on to other pricey indulgences . . .
With the holiday season coming up, and all this job transitioning, I REALLY need to be more aware and have a tighter rein on my finances, so I think this No-Shopping Challenge is gonna help me reach that goal!
Numbers Goal: Increase Daily Protein Intake
(at least 15.6g per meal)
Protein is gooood! Reallllll gooood! However, it’s also been more scarce recently than I’d like for it to be. Protein takes time to prepare, unless I just snack on a protein bar. I COULD snack on a protein bar, but even protein bars have been processed a bit and this past month (and even still) I was really striving to eat REAL food first. I want to develop the habit of eating less-processed as a go-to and the more processed as a bonus. But the REAL proteins take longer for me to serve up—Boiling eggs; Cooking meats; Scooping out healthy portions of PB onto my snack plates (I tend to go overboard—c’mon, it’s delish!!!); Blending up a smoothie; Cooking/Roasting beans; Cutting/Shredding cheese; and so on. Jeeze! Can you tell how lazy I am???
In an effort to practice getting in more protein, I decided to utilize the blessing of my friend’s car to drive over to Whole Foods and pick up some ONCE AGAIN Almond Butter that another blogger I follow recommended. Well, Whole Foods only had that brand’s sunflower butter, so I bought that instead. I tried a big spoonful once I got home with it and it just didn’t taste good. 😐 It was too salty and it had a funky aftertaste. Honestly, I think I’m just more of a cashew butter girl. I much prefer cashew butter to peanut, almond, and now, sunflower butter—it’s officially a thing. Since I didn’t like it as a standalone snack, I decided to add it to a mashed banana to see if I could tolerate it when paired with another flavor.
So I decided that before I attempted to return it or give it away, I’d try it this morning with oatmeal. Oatmeal is “drier” than the banana pudding concoction I had made, and I thought maybe if I paired it with some chopped dates it would be a nice flavor combo.
The good thing is that I’m going to use up the chickpeas I have in my pantry at home to make homemade lemon garlic hummus for the week! Opa!!! Speaking of, here’s my meal plan for this next week—packed with protein!!
Fitness Goal: Reverse Lunge Challenge
Fact: One of my LEAST FAVORITE exercises is LUNGES!!! They are the devil. However, I really want to work on sculpting a better backside and legs, and I *guess* rumor has it that lunges really help with that.
Therefore, I will be coming up against my arch nemesis, the lunge, and doing
40 reverse lunges per leg every day!!!
EEEEEPS!!! Wish me luck—this is gonna be a doozy!!!
So yeah, those are my goals for September. I’m equal parts nervous and excited, simply because they all take a lot of planning, thinking from different angles, and a LOT of SELF-CONTROL. But that’s going to be a good thing—I just know it!
What about you? Have you set any goals for this next month?