Today was day 1 of a new 9-week fitness program that I’m doing. The trainer, Autumn, told us today that throughout the program, she wants us to remember the mantra CTRL+ALT+DELETE – control our actions, alter our thinking, and delete negativity.
I really loved the first day of the program and plan to do a post on how my first week went. Today, though, I want to focus on nutrition and share my plan for improving my diet. Over the last couple of months, my diet has been pretty crappy. I think with the combination of pandemic stress eating and the holiday treats and meals, I just completely fell off track with healthy eating and by New Year’s Day, I felt terrible. My stomach was bloated, my energy was off, and I knew that I needed to get my shit together. I’m not getting any younger, people, I can’t bounce back from drinking too much alcohol and eating too much junk like I used to!
My plan is to get back on track with healthy plant-based foods. I’m keeping it simple with lots of salads, vegetables, fruits, brown rice, oatmeal, and healthy proteins like beans, legumes, tofu, and tempeh. I have control over what I feed my body, and I’m choosing to feed it healthy foods. My motivation is wanting to live a long, healthy life so that I can enjoy time with my kids and grandkids. I want to travel with my husband. There are so many things that I still want to do in life, and I can’t do them if I don’t feel well or don’t have the energy.
I’m altering my thinking so that I look at food as fuel and nourishment. Will this food provide me with healthy vitamins and minerals? Will this food help me build lean, strong muscles? Will this food make my stomach hurt or make me want to go into a food coma? Am I using this food to relieve my stress and anxiety?
Finally, I want to delete the negativity I feel towards food and not look at foods as “good” or “bad.” I don’t want to stress myself out whenever I’m presented with a situation where I overthink about what I’m going to eat. I want to be able to just enjoy what I’m eating, not gorge myself, but just savor what I’m eating and feel gratitude for what it’s providing for my body.
I started writing down what I’m eating for meals and I’m going to observe how I feel both physically and mentally at the end of each day. I’m also weighing myself each morning and tracking that as well. I’m not tracking my calories, and I’m not obsessing about my weight. The purpose of the exercise is to see which foods make me feel my best. There are so many diets out there – high carb/low fat, low carb/high protein, etc., and I’m just trying to find the secret sauce that fuels me the best.
I’m excited about these next nine weeks and how I’m going to progress and kick ass, both physically and mentally!
May your glass always be full,