One of the reason we have a weight problem is because we are not listening to ourselves. In my case, when I was a kid, I was always told to finish my plate or I would not get dessert. There are 2 things wrong with that statement; first, we should not finish our plate if we are full and second, dessert should never have been glorified as a reward.
Can’t change the past, however we can change our present and future.
Yesterday for lunch we had pasta in tomato sauce. Even though I love pasta, once I felt I was full I stopped eating. Double winner here, first of all I ate less because the portion was smaller than before, plus as a bonus, I stopped as soon as I was full. I’m really starting to listen to my needs and not to my wants.
Another good thing which happened a few days back; I had ordered a salad for lunch. The dressing was in a small dish, containing about a third of a cup (thousands of calories I’m sure). Before, I would have just poured the whole thing on my salad. No more instead I just lightly touched the dressing with the bottom of my forkful. I was tasting the dressing with every bite and I was happy. At the end of the meal, there was maybe a spoonful of the dressing gone.
Enough about good news, it’s time to do an update about the competition.
Yesterday I walked over 25,000 steps. I was sure I would have all my rivals eating my dust… but when I uploaded the data and checked out the score, I was second!!! What the heck, I should have been first, way ahead of the competition, winning by a landslide.
I analyzed to see what went wrong and how someone else could be ahead. I’m convinced that eliocks has attached his vivofit on an hamster and we all know how those little critters can step a lot in their wheels.
So today my goal was to walk around 30,000 steps. I went for my walk earlier, didn’t even have my coffee yet. After about 30 minutes, I felt a soreness in my left knee.
In the past 6 days I have walked over 55 miles. For a 55 years old obese man, not the smartest thing to do. I really wanted to win the competition but first and foremost and the only thing that really matters is I need to be healthy.
Having a sore knee this morning was a message from my own body telling me to slow down. So I’ll be stepping down the “podium” and gratefully accept that I did exceptionally well for my condition. It’s the long range that is important and I can’t do that without listening to my body!
Are you listening to yourself?