Day three – recognizing rituals

Today was much better. I woke up and my headache was gone. I still feel hungry but I have enough energy to function normally. Thanks for asking.

I did a lot of recognizing and reflecting today. The reason a diet is hard is because you cannot have everything you want. I for one do not like being told no. And a diet is just that – a whole lot of nos. Particularly, this diet. No red meat, no starches, no sweet-sweet booze…the list goes on and on. It is hard to learn to tell myself no. It is amazing how we are such creatures of habit and feel lost if patterns change or pout if something is no longer available to us. Twice today I felt lost and admittedly pouted a little bit. Every morning I walk to the local coffee shop on my way into the office for a vanilla chai tea latte. That warm sweet nectar is my daily sanctuary as I begrudgingly sit down at my desk. Most afternoons I treat myself to a couple banana Laffy Taffys to get me through the day (hey, no judgements! it’s the simple things). I enjoy the taffy partly because of the taste and partly because of the lame jokes. It’s so sad to admit but this morning I naturally started walking towards the coffee shop and didn’t remember I was on a diet until I was already half way there. This afternoon I went reaching into my desk drawer for two dimes so I could go downstairs to buy my candy. But all that matters is that I caught myself red handed and the final score is: me 2 : rituals 0.

Success of a “diet” is the ability to recognize our not so healthy rituals and replace them with the new ones. Which really translates in to making long term adjustments and living an overall healthy lifestyle. Now, I am not saying that I should never have another chai tea again. But do I really need one everyday? Even though mine are made with skim milk, I am sure that cup is packing a couple hundred calories. Moderation is key. Also, what if I trade in my afternoon taffys for a quick afternoon walk around the block to wake me up. Or as long as it’s before 2pm, I could always reach for a piece of fruit.

Is there something you “need” everyday? Try skipping it tomorrow – I dare you. And while you are at it, send me a lame joke.

Motivation: Third world countries. So may others across the world are so much less fortunate than us and don’t know where their next meal is coming from. And just because getting chubby is a luxury to us – doesn’t mean I should take advantage of it.
Lunch: Greens with turkey breast, hard boiled egg, tomato, cucumber, and grilled eggplant, bell pepper, red onion and mushrooms. Used a touch of caesar dressing which is a no-no, but I just needed a little flavor!!!!
Exercise: Run/walked 3 miles alternating between the two every two songs. Listened to 90s pop on Pandora and noted a number of times that I hate boy bands.