I just have a few quick notes to jot down before I fall asleep. I wanted to let you in on a little bit of the thought work I’ve been training my brain with.
I’ve been very open and honest about my health journey with you all recently and the thought work, introduced to me by Elizabeth Benton, is really helping me more than any diet plan could.
I ate way too much today. I ate out, I ate fried greasy food, I ate lots of it followed with ice cream. While I’m not proud of my choices I made today, I’m allowed – I’m not restricting – but I feel like total dog crap. I don’t feel good when I eat like this. I was not intentional, I didn’t have a plan, it was my “cheat day.”
Like I said, my stomach is rolling, I feel like I could puke, I just feel so heavy. I haven’t felt this way in weeks. While I’m not depriving myself, I’ve been mindful and intentional until today. It’s like my body is in shock. I feel gross.
I thought to myself, “what a waste of a day.” A day like today would be enough to derail me from any traditional “diet” plan. Then I remembered:
The hard lessons are just as important to learn.
Today was not a waste. Today I learned what not to do, I learned how not to eat. I learned that if I eat junk food, I feel like crap. I learned that nothing tastes as good as I feel when I fuel my body intentionally. I learned that I don’t want to feel like this. I may want greasy fast food, but I don’t want it more than I don’t want to feel the Way I feel right now.
Today was just as important in my health journey as the days where I’m up in the gym at 5:30 and I’m breaking my fast after 12 pm with Whole Foods that I chose. Today was just as important as when I home make my favorite sugar free natural coconut and medjool date ice cream and hit every macro!
So I challenge you, find the lesson in today. Find the lesson in your hard season, in your struggle. Is today making you stronger for your bad days?
Think about if you’ve ever quit a diet: How many of you have said “Aw shoot well I’m already off the wagon, might as well just stay off.” or “Might as well eat the bag of chips since I screwed up anyway.” What if you had a really strong comeback muscle that just allowed you to bounce back and not let the past define your choices? What if it was easier to bounce back than it was to fall off the wagon? Unless you practice getting back up when you get knocked off, you will never learn how to..
I just talked about this in yesterday’s post: I fell off of the debt free journey wagon. I’m working on building back my comeback muscle to get right back on. I’ve been knocked off before, this isn’t my first rodeo. I know where to start. I know what budget items to cut down on. I know what to do because I’ve been here before.
“I get knocked down, I get up again, You’re never gonna bring me down!”
Now I get to practice flexing my comeback muscle – the muscle that doesn’t let me give up when I’ve had a hard day or hit a speed bump. The comeback muscle that gets me back in the game. The comeback muscle is just as important – if not more important – than the smooth sailing muscle.
For more on the thought work I’m immersing myself in, check out Elizabeth Benton’s book: Chasing Cupcakes – I HIGHLY recommend her book, her podcast, and everything she puts out into the world!
Here is the Amazon link to her book: https://amzn.to/2TBAQKn
And check out her Primal Potential podcast!
Thanks for reading friends!
Just out of curiosity, which budget items can be cut back? We are retired, and in a couple of months will be bringing in about $500 less a month. Right now, we spend pretty freely.