A belated Monthly Check-in post for July.
POW! There's been a quiet leap forward in the month since the previous belated Check In post. Last time I mentioned forgetting I wanted to lose weight, from a combination of contentment, complacency and daydreaming. I wanted to light a fire under my butt in a kind and gentle way.
I'm chuffed to say that I've actually been doing all the things I said I'd do to get my focus back! I know, I'm surprised as you are! To recap:
- automating brekkie and lunch
- tuning in to my hunger/feelings before eating
- sitting down properly to eat, i.e. no spear fishing
- regularly recalling my reasons WHY (head, shoulders, knees and clothes!)
I've also added:
- getting more specific about what I want and setting some short term aims (thank you Olympic Challenge for the inspiration)
- dusting off my beloved spreadsheets
- strengthening up the real-world support network
- recommitting to meal planning – shopping, organising and preparation
- using the MyFitnessPal app – I've been mucking around with it on and off since Christmas (so addicted to that bar code scanner!) but now on it daily
All the above has seen a strangely focused yet relaxed/non-obsessed attitude sneak up on me.
What prompted a mind shift:
- the DietSnaps app experiment – after just three days there was no mystery why I've been a master of maintenance this year. Portions too generous, some mindless grazing and not enough greenery. I won't be using the app in the long term, but it was a fab way to get back into mindful mode
- a weekend in Paris – the weather was hot and I felt blobby and frustrated by my frumpy wardrobe. It's easier to ignore that discontent in Scottish climes.
- Confronting the Wardrobe of Doom – tidying up a tangled pile of clothes, most of which don't fit, was another exercise in mindfulness. I didn't feel despair, just a desire to get on with it.
None of the above tools/plans are earth shattering – it's all the same structured mindfulness kinda stuff that I personally find effective. But making the extra effort to stay present, and keep remembering what I want and why, is helping the momentum build. Stay tuned!