These Are My Confessions . . .

Don’t worry. I’m not going to break out in song. I’ll leave that to Usher. I will, however, confess to some not-so-healthy habits I developed over the past few months.

I’m going to cut myself some slack because my life has been crazy. Some things were bound to slip through the cracks, but now it’s time to make health a priority again.
These are my confessions . . .

 

I haven’t been eating enough whole foods

When I get really busy and stressed I tend to eat out more and buy super quick, easy dinners like frozen pizza. I believe that everything is fine in moderation, but frequently eating that way leaves me feeling “blah.” I feel my best when I eat nutritious foods.

 

I have only been exercising once or twice per week, if that.

For me, exercising is just as important to my mental health as it is to my physical health. A good workout can completely change my mood for the better, and it leaves me feeling stronger and calmer. I especially miss the feeling of finishing a solid run.

 

I’m often an all-or-nothing thinker when it comes to health.

One of my strengths is that I put my all into everything I do. However, this occasionally works against me. In an ideal world I would always eat nutritious meals, exercise at least 5 days/week, and practice mindfulness daily. Let’s be real though– that’s not going to happen. I struggle with recognizing that it is absolutely still worth it to try and keep going even though I will not do it perfectly. This type of thinking has been holding me back lately because I keep waiting for the “right time” to get back to a healthier lifestyle. I know that the graduation celebrations and a vacation I have coming up may interfere with my plans to be healthier, so I keep think it’s best to delay starting. In reality, the best time to get healthier is now! Rather than viewing a missed workout or eating a donut as failure, I need to see it as a slip and move on. After all, a healthy lifestyle is all about moderation.

 

So, what am I going to do about these confessions?

  • Eat more whole foods. For my next weekly meal plan I’m going to incorporate as many whole foods as I can. I’m out of school right now, so I have plenty of time to cook, and I can’t wait to try out some new recipes and share them. I’m also going to record a few full days of food on Brown is the New Pink to hold myself accountable.
  • Exercise more. I want to come up with some exercise goals, and I’m going to start sharing a weekly workout recap on Sundays.
  • Identify my all-or-nothing thinking and come up with alternative thoughts. This is a cognitive-behavioral therapy technique that I’m going to try out. I’m going to write down any all-or-nothing thoughts that I have and then come up with a better thought to replace it. I’ll share that on here as well.
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