Ok, so maybe getting healthy during the holidays wasn’t the best recipe for success. I woke up super motivated. I brushed my teeth, weighed in, learned a bit about motivation, what to eat (and how much) and created an “SOS plan” (shouldn’t we all really have one in COVID?). Work was busy, and my step count was pretty high as a result. I even did a workout after work thanks to the fantastic Minifitchick. I logged all my food throughout the day and crushed that 8 glasses of water (the workout really helped with that).

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If I stopped the post here, you’d think I was a superstar. Admit it, you do. But alas, I am a mere mortal. It’s the festival of lights y’all! I felt super productive dancing around my kitchen making latkes (soooo good). I think you see where this is going… According to Noom’s colour coding, there isn’t such a thing as bad food (which, hello, I love). Their stop-light-coloured system is essentially green- great choice, enjoy, yellow- eat moderate portions and red- limit your portions. Needless to say, day 2 bled red. In my defense, I did limit my portions (6 latkes is a portion, right?). Bright side, I’m still within my available calories so all in all, a successful day. 

Self-care is a journey, not a destination, right?

Why do I have Paula Abdul in my head? “I take two steps forward/ I’ll take two steps back…” Well, aside from dating myself I did take a couple of steps back. Thankfully, not all the way to 1989 (though the videos were so much fun – you can go watch it, I’ll wait).

This morning’s lessons were great. I had already connected my Fitbit (bit of a keener), so that was a snap. I then learned about the “behaviour chain” and how to break bad habits. Apparently, one doesn’t just “happen” to eat a bag of chips “without thinking” in front of the tv. They’re right on that one, I think every time about how delicious those chips are (bonus points to Noom for using my weak spot as an example… well played, my friend, well played). I learned about triggers (possibly foreshadowing, but we’ll get to that later) and figured out that stress and feeling tired are triggers for me (again, that should have tipped me off to what was to come but, I digress). I learned that many other people also have stress as their trigger, but that there are some strategies we can use to IMPROVE (there are a lot of acronyms, I love acronyms and all manner of wordplay so, cool). I chose the “V” for vacation as my preferred strategy (don’t worry, it’s a COVID-friendly vacation). I have to admit, today’s lessons were fun and informative.

I continued on with my day and dutifully achieved my step goal (the Noom one, not my Fitbit one), logged my meals and drank some more water. It was going really well until dinner. I can already see that Fridays will be an issue. The week was long (did I mention that in my first post? I think I did). There was prep work to be done as soon as I got home to ensure lots of holiday fun for the kids and by the time dinner rolled around, I was exhausted. Apparently, so was my will power… who knew (well, I did… I learned it this morning)? Remember that “red” category of food? Yeah, I went WAY over. But hey, that’s life (and an oil-fueled holiday). Here’s the thing though, I don’t really feel all that bad about it. Maybe it’s the quirky humour in the app (it is kinda contagious), but I understand why I did what I did today and I’m ok with the choices I made.

As I learned today, you don’t have to be perfect in order to be successful!

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