I’ve gained more weight than I’m happy with. I’ve not been as active as I should be, and I’ve been doing a lot of snacking on bread in spite of the bentos.
So, back to No-S, and getting in at least a small workout every weekday. That’s sustainable and non-invasive and doesn’t have the Forbidden Food Fallacy. I recognize allergies and medical conditions are one thing. I don’t have that problem. My problem is a simple problem of mindless snacking, especially in the evenings. No-S solves that problem quite well. If it hurts when you do that, stop doing that. Simple. (Y’all know simple and easy aren’t necessarily the same? Yeah, figured you did!)
For exercise, I can: Go for a walk, put in a swim, do a shovelglove session, do a weights workout at the gym or do bodyweight exercises. Any of those counts, and I’m allowed to follow whim as long as I am doing something. I can go hard or not as I like. It’s the consistency I’m worried about rather than any progress issue.
My goal here is habits rather than progress. That’ll take care of itself, but going hammer and tongs at fitness and lifestyle goals doesn’t work. I know it. And still I keep trying to do it. Why I keep doing it when it doesn’t work, I don’t know. Well, yeah, I do. I’m an intensity junkie. That’s dandy for some things, but it’s not serving me here.
So the goal itself is consistent habits. I may eschew even weighing myself. Eat three full meals a day (if you don’t snack, the meals need to be comfortably substantial to get the right amount of food), and have a treat on weekends or holidays if I want them. I won’t track what I eat or the calorie content, but simply eat three single-plate (or bento box) meals a day. Honestly? My meals are pretty decently healthy, so it’s not really a concern. It’s all that nibbling that’s the real problem.
I won’t track my fitness progress other than whether or not a workout happened out every weekday. Right now my real problem is that I get all excited about a goal and get all into it and then burn out. That’s not serving me.
The point here is that I’m spending far too much mental energy on problems that could be solved simply with consistent moderate habits. Goodness knows it worked with housekeeping. My house is adequately neat and I do not spend my life cleaning house. So I expect it’ll do nearly as well with my body as well.
2 Replies to “Giving Up Hard Core”
Noel, please would you put an RSS feed on your blog? Would be nice to see new entries when they happen. Unless you have a thing about not doing that?
Does the Meta group not show up when you view the blog? There’s a link called “Entries RSS”. But the feed link is here if you can’t find that: