Sometimes it feels like I am climbing an uphill battle no matter how hard I try, it just seems like I will take a few steps back…..after moving ahead. I know that these are changes I have to make and it will help me be even more successful after the surgery. Nevertheless walking a straight line is really hard.
During these last few months I have been able to figure out where I have the most difficulty maintaining this healthy lifestyle. It is usually when I go out in the community then the temptations seems to creep upon me really hard. I also have problems with eating unhealthy at night. When I go out anywhere it seems that my little friends on my shoulders return and they are bickering like crazy. The healthy one whom I have name Monique and unhealthy one who I call Steevie are both telling me what I can and cannot do. I refused to let Steevie win even though he is very convincing. He will count calories for me and tell me it will not hurt just to eat that one cheeseburger with a large fry, while Monique will remind me that I am not even hungry and to stay focus on my game plan. Even though Monique and Steevie are make-believe, this is a real scenario for me. These are choices that I will have to make for the rest of my life. However I can tell you this………I have gotten smarter to help with these temptations I have started to bring an apple and proteins shake with me to help with these craving. If I do want something, I will have something to eat. I also refuse to buy any unhealthy foods when I go grocery shopping. If it is not in the house I cannot eat it. Temptation is a bi***. Those late night craving can do me in. I am also working on my own healthy version of some of the restaurant items I like.
Another thing I have to work on is going to bed earlier. I usually go to bed around 12:30 or 1:00 a.m. Now if I ate dinner around 6:00 p.m. by 12:00 am I am going to be hungry. By going to bed earlier I can help with this and it will also help me get the rest I need for the next day anyway. I also read somewhere that lack of sleep is also connected with obesity so it will also help with my weight loss.
I have been reading a lot of blog posts and they are really helping me prepare for this transition. I love listening to all the people who have traveled this road such as my sister and all my fellow bloggers. I would also like to mention one blogger who has been writing some great posts for us newbies he is definitely worth checking out http://nccheesehead.wordpress.com/. Nevertheless say a prayer for me that I will stay focus and keep my eye on the prize a healthier me with functioning hips.
Peace, Love and Happiness!!