Practicing what I Preach

Eat more vegetables!It has been a week since I posted Twelve Ways to Celebrate and I thought it would be a good idea to examine myself and see how well I have been following my own advice. Being a teacher, a mom, and a grandma I know it is all too easy to take the “do as I say, not as I do” route when giving advice.

So here goes:

I have done a good job of eating super healthy during my meals. I had taken on a challenge from the Slimkicker website that involved pledging to eat a salad at least once a day for a week and I have accomplished that and more. I have had a main course salad every day for the past 10 days (and sometimes for 2 meals in one day.) 95% of the rest of my food has been very healthy too!

I did a very good job of avoiding carbs and sugar over the past 10 days.  I went 7 days straight without eating any starchy or sugary carbs until my grandson’s birthday on Saturday. Then I had to have some “from scratch” chocolate cake made by my daughter-in-law – so I allowed myself the treat I talked about in suggestion #8. I also had a little of the sweet stuff today – unnecessarily, I might add. Well – it’s back on the wagon for me.

I have been drinking plenty of water, but I have been going to bed far too late, so I am a bit sleep deprived. That is an area I struggle with and need to be more disciplined.

I have increased my workouts – more on that in an upcoming post.

I have enlisted the support of others.

I have really tried to focus on thoroughly chewing my food and I have found that it has helped me cut down on the amount I am consuming. Meals take much longer now and I feel I am getting more enjoyment out of the food.

I did a pretty good job of looking ahead last week – have to work on it some more this week.

My other area of struggle is suggestion #10 – I struggle with remembering to assess the situation and see if I am truly hungry. If I could just do that during non-meal times I think it would make a big difference, but I think eating around a work schedule compounds the problem. I would really like to learn to eat only when I feel hungry, but I find I have to eat at certain scheduled times during the work week. Usually I am not really hungry at those times but I know it will be me my last chance for a few hours, so I do. That just encourages the habit of eating when I am not really hungry. Have any of you figured out a good way to deal with that?

I am constantly reminding myself how much healthier I feel and, in fact, downright reveling in that feeling. It does help keep me on the straight and narrow most of the time.

I have been trying to cover this all with prayer, but I still rely on my own power far too much.

Well, this felt good. I can see the triumphs and I can see the areas that still need work, and I can recommit to practicing all that I preach in the coming days. Every triumph means increasing health; while every area of struggle serves to remind me I am not superwoman and simply provides another opportunity to look to God for the strength I need to succeed. I’m thinking of making an assessment post every week or two, just to keep me honest. Feel free to join me in the comment section – then I won’t feel all alone and you will discover the blessing self-assessment can be.

So, how have you been doing?

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