Thursday, February 17, 2011

One of these things is not like the other


Boot Camp instructor! 

Weight loss success story! 

Ice Cream addict?! 

Woah, double take! (double scoop if I had my way) 

Yes, it's SO true. I love ice cream. In and of itself, that is not a bad thing. 


When I take a "treat" and start to have it every night, when I start to NEED a snack, chocolate or ice cream EVERY night before bed, I am slipping into old habits. 

The past 2 weeks or so, I have been eating a cookie, ice cream treat, cone etc and using the excuse that if I am working out, it's ok. I'm not stress eating, I'm just enjoying it. It's not over eating, it's a single serving. ALL true, I am working out, not stress eating and am having a single serving. But this is not about those things or even whether or not I am maintaining, it is about continuing in my lifestyle change. 

When I spent countless time and HOURS and money and effort to count Weight Watchers points creating a NEW life, stepping into a habit like this one and using my activity as an excuse is not OK. 

It's not about maintaining weight, but maintaining my lifestyle. 
Its not about gaining a few pounds it's about gaining my power back. 
It's not about feeling fat, it's about feeling good about my choices

Do I really have a new life if I continue in my old ways? Did I really make a lifestyle change 6 years ago if I take a slip and make it a habit? It doesn't appear like I am out of my healthy lifestyle based on what you "see", but that isn't all there is. 

It's like saying that you love God, but you hate other people. You may LOOK like you love others, but at home at night, you trash talk, gossip or tear others down. Spiritual, physical and emotionally unhealthy habits don't always show on the outside, but can be ruining all the work you have done on the inside, or behind closed doors. 

If we REALLY have been changed by our faith, we will be the same person behind closed doors as we are in front of others. Does that mean we won't ever mess up? No. It means that we OWN it when we do. It means that we mess up, ask forgiveness and start over. 

So, I am coming clean and even as I type this, want to go to the co-op and get a Ben and Jerry's cone, but am NOT going to because it's not behind closed doors anymore, it's out there: Ice Cream is my kryptonite and I will not let it become a habit or breakdown the lifestyle change I made!! 

What habits are you breaking to move fully into OR fully back into your lifestyle change?


Kristi said...

The biggest habit that I'm breaking right now is to quit smoking. I as a closest smoker for the longest time, not wanting anyone to know that I smoked. Today it has been 29 days since I have had a cigarette! I'm also trying to break the habit of sleep eating... ugh! That's the frustrating one because often times I don't realize that I'm doing until the next morning.

Alyssa said...

I'm a sweet junkie! It is an awful habit that I also try and justify by working out sometimes! I have been doing some recent thinking too on not making my "treats" a regular habit. Thanks for the post! ;)

Ann said...

I gave up Diet Coke around Christmas, and it was one of the hardest things I've done. I still struggle with certain foods but if I simply don't buy them, I am SO much more likely to avoid them. Are you furnishing your own ice cream addiction?

Shannon said...

You and me both, Mary!!! I am an ice cream addict too. I could easily--and often do--eat it every day. I would love to kick the habit. Maybe I'll join you in spirit and try to cut down. :) Also, Ann's comment above makes me think about how much I should really give up Diet Coke. I really really think I should, and yet...I am probably even more addicted to Diet Coke than I am to ice cream. It's like my little pick-me-up during the afternoon of a long tiring day taking care of my daughters (I only drink 1 a day...but still).

Also--thanks for the blog comment the other day! Btw, those muffins you commented on are seriously THE BEST MUFFINS I HAVE EVER MADE. If I may toot my own horn! You should really try them. The coconut really makes them moist and delicious. Anyway--thanks for stopping by! I liked seeing your little smiling face in my comments section. :)

Carly said...

What a great post Mary! I love your perspective. I am working on nixing the stress eating. Ugh.

Kim H. said...

I'm the same way with sweets. I think if I've worked out, not stressing eating, and exercising portion control; it's ok to have dessert after dinner...every night. I need to purge my cupboards!!

Ruby Leigh said...

I love that in the last photo - the image all dark, your hair is tussled, as opposed to the first three in which the colors are light and bright and you look great. I know that's not all you are talking about here, but well done - good dramatic affect.

Sheri - The Motivational Girl said...

I too have lost my weight and have been maintaining for over 2 years now. I noticed this week my healthy habits have become "tainted" somewhat by eating without measuring and writing down what I eat.

Today I bought a Reese's Peanut Butter Egg because I wanted it. That is okay, but its an old habit that I don't want to chance coming back. The best thing is to start over immediately and not look back. So be it.

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