I got up this morning with a spring in my step ready to go for the day.
I ate a healthy breakfast and limited the amount of coffee I drank. That's mainly because I made a smaller pot of coffee. Trust me, if I had made a bigger pot, it would have been gone.
When lunch rolled around, I made this beautiful and healthy meal to the left. Amazingly enough, I didn't even have dessert.
I went to the gym for my workout later this afternoon and drank a protein shake during the time I was there.
Yeah, you could say I was feeling really good about myself. No missteps on my eating today.
And then it happened.
I got home from an intense workout, and suddenly I was stark raving hungry. I curbed it for awhile. I ate half of a banana and drank a glass of water.
But then I wanted to basically eat everything in sight.
How did I keep from doing so?
First, I set myself up for success, because I knew exactly what I was going to prepare for supper. Therefore, I didn't have to do more thinking. The more thinking we do later in the day, the bigger chance we have of losing our willpower. We only have a finite amount of it. So, when we take decision-making out of the equation, we give ourselves a fighting chance.
Secondly, I use the myfitnesspal app to track my eating and I make sure to log it during the day. That way I can see how I've been doing and plan the rest of the day's eating based upon how I've done so far.
It's crucial to track food as you eat it, rather than waiting until the end of the day. At that point, you're done and have no chance of salvaging anything. When you track during the day, you can see where you've gone a little overboard and can cut back if need be.
Thirdly, I have a goal that I'm currently working toward. It helps to remind me what I'm on track to do. I log my eating and workouts daily and then send them to a friend of mine. It helps to know that I'm being held accountable.
All of us have a finite amount of willpower. When it's gone for the day, it's gone. This is why it's imperative to set ourselves up for success by being proactive. Thinking ahead instead of thinking in the moment is tough, but I find I have a much better day when I do so whether it is with eating or with anything else I happen to be doing.
It all goes back to a saying that I heard so many years ago, yet it still applies today: "Prior planning prevents poor performance."
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.