Losin It With Carrie

By Carrie Braun

Losin It With Carrie

What Feels Good

A quick update: Total Weight Loss to date -11.6 lbs.

Sometimes its the small things that keep me moving forward in my weight loss journey.

I’ve mentioned before that I have a whole plan set before me in preparation for a banner birthday coming in August.  I’ts my Flirty30 Life Plan and I’ve got a big goal- to be under 200 lbs.

There are days when the goal is overwhelming.  Honestly, I’m scared.  It all seems so simple when you’re writing a blog post.  But in the trenches, or mealtimes as they’re more commonly know, there is this part of my brain that takes over and entices me into fulfilling every fare-related desire I’ve ever had.

Oh, Oprah. I feel you.

Its not that I don’t have the education about healthy eating and fitness.  I KNOW what to do.  I know when and where and what to eat.  I have the tools and the support.  I know how far I can push my body and what I should be putting in it to recover.  If I were a robot, and could plan my day before getting out of bed and stick to it exactly, I’d hit my goal well before the birthday candles are lit.

The trouble arises in the moment.  Sure, I packed a sandwich and orange for lunch, but my coworker wants to go out.  Then we’re talking about what “sounds good” for lunch.  You know what sounds good?  A brownie sundae and a Coke.  Regular Coke.  With lots of ice and refills.

What I find is that I need to give myself small daily reminders of my goal, and that can change my behavior.  Here are the 4 small changes I’ve made that I’m finding are really helping.

1. I’ve set my work password to remind myself that I want to be under 200 lbs.  Now every time my computer locks, I have to re-enter the password and be mindful of my goal.

2. Post-workout, I’m recording the type of exercise and length (min/miles) on a whiteboard stuck to my fridge.  When I reach for the chocolate chip cookies on top, I see all my hard work.  Do I always stop and not get a cookie?  No.  But last night I only had one.  And trust me when I say that 1 cookie is usually a dessert appetizer.

3. Recording my food and exercise on my LoseIt! app on my iPhone.  Not every day, and not every meal, but most of the time.  It keeps me honest with myself.

4. This has probably been the biggest mindset change and its making a HUGE impact.  Instead of asking myself at mealtimes, “what sounds good?” I’m revamping that into “what feels good?”  What will feel good in my body?  What will help me feel like I’m getting closer to my goal?  Because let’s face it, a brownie sundae and Coke are always going to “sound” better, but they’re rarely going to “feel” better.

Do you have any tips on small changes that you’ve made?  A girl can use all the help she can get.

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