AKA how to recover from some serious holiday over-indulgence.
Last week, I changed my eating habits pretty drastically. For the past year, I've been focusing on mastering mindful eating. I've read a couple books, listened to countless podcasts, and even done a podcast episode about it myself. For the most part, I really, really like it.
However, after I had gallbladder surgery, my anxiety about eating certain 'bad' foods went away and boy, did I embrace that change. Now, five months later, I am not loving how I'm fitting into my clothes or feeling on a daily basis. I know much of the population feels the same this time of year. So, last week, I decided to do something about it.
I am now on a plan of intermittent fasting (eating only during an 8-hour period) and keeping calories below 1300 on weekdays. Weekends will continue to be mindful eating and portion control, without strict guidelines. I have a target weight/size in mind, but I know that's always attainable. I am planning to eat this way for 4-5 months and see where that gets me.
While it's been fine so far, sometimes I think about doing this for four months and I get really overwhelmed. Can I really do this for that long? Won't I die for a cheeseburger, fries, and Diet Coke before then?
When I look at the big picture, I get anxious, but when I think about just doing it TODAY, I feel fine. This is a skill set I learned in grad school to help people overcome addiction and I think it's extremely valuable: Instead of wondering if you can do something forever, figure out how you can do it today. What can you do before now and sleep tonight to get you closer to your goals?
That will be my mindset this week! One day at a freaking time.