It seems that I am one of those types of people that feels they must have all their ducks in a row before they can properly start their weight loss program. For example, I'm hung up with not having a food plan in place or maybe I haven't found a diet coach/mentor yet. Now, I am smart enough to know that this way of thinking is only holding me back and allowing me to procrastinate even longer. Yet, I 've been stuck on the ducks.
Tomorrow, I am giving myself permission or maybe just telling myself to move forward without all or many of the pieces of a plan in place. Will tomorrow be perfect? Maybe, maybe not, but it will be better than any single day I had last week. Last week and the many weeks and months before it, I ate whatever was convenient or sounded good. It wasn't entirely carefree eating, I had inner-struggles most of the time, but the lazy-I-don't-want-to-cook-and-I-will-do-better-tomorrow side always won out. That girl always wins. Screeeeeech, halt, wait a darn second here, let me change that to that girl used to win. Tomorrow she will lose. Tomorrow, will be different.
What will be different about tomorrow? For one thing, before I go to sleep tonight, I will have written a food plan out for tomorrow. I wasn't able to create a plan for the entire week, so this week, I will take it one day at a time. I'm not sure yet what my exact calorie budget will be, but I will aim for a range between 1400 and 1800 calories. Another thing that often holds me back is that I am trying to make the perfect plan as far as restricting my calories, fat, and sugars, increasing my fiber, reducing my sodium, trying to stay away from nitrates, and so on and so forth. It's dizzying. Well, no more. I am giving myself permission to start with the calorie restriction. I need to be realistic and it is not realistic for me to change my eating 180 degrees overnight. I'm not perfect and my eating won't be perfect either. One day at a time, I can learn to throw out more of the bad habits, form better habits and incorporate healthier food options all along the way.
I cannot say that I am 100% confident that tomorrow will go well, but I'm feeling optimistic.
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