Saturday, April 20, 2013

Keeping it real

After my post this morning about a shift in my thinking, I need to keep it real and share the other side.  Yesterday I did have the urge to run (and not run to food) when I was stressed out.  But today, I have not made the best choices.  I have managed to stay close to my calorie goal, but I have not had a balanced or nutritious day.

I started with a Special K meal bar. (Not because I'm a fan of meal replacements, but because I had one and I didn't have another breakfast option.)  After a couple of hours of talking to families about our job situation, I had a major headache.  One of my co-workers was heading for a Sonic run. I had her pick up a cup of ice; I knew there was Pepsi in the cabinet.  I took some pain meds. We had a birthday lunch for one of the girls.  I went with a potato skin appetizer. Not my best choice.

My headache was not going away, and I stopped for a (second) Pepsi before returning to the office.  Normally (previous "normal") I would drink 1-3 64 ounce Pepsi.  Today I had one can (12 ounce) and one cup (32 ounce cup full of ice, so roughly another 12-16 ounces.)  But I could see how I could easily slip back into the old habits.

Dinner at church. I'm not sure what the calorie count was. I just used my generic "potluck" for 450.  That was probably an underestimate.

After the meeting at church, I had a quick trip to the ER. (My tweenage daughter had her first pimple---and it got infected.  It looked awful, and I was afraid to wait until Monday.  The doctor lanced it and cultured it.) While waiting for the prescription, we did a quick trip to Sonic for ice cream.  That put me over on calories.

I'm reading a book called Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst. She talks about the idea of "imperfect progress". Here is a quote from her journal.
Progress. Just make progress. It's okay to have setbacks and the need for do-overs. It's okay to draw a line in the sand and start over again--and again. Move forward. Take baby steps, but at least take steps that keep you from being stuck. Then change will come. And it will be good.

That was just what I needed to hear tonight.  I am making imperfect progress.


  1. I like that quote! All things considered, it wasn't *that* bad of a day, food-wise. The main thing is that you're aware that it's a deviation from your new way of living, and that you're committed to getting things back in order.

  2. No one makes perfect anything...let alone perfect progress. You are getting there and you are reflecting, which is the big key I think. Way to go!

  3. Love that quote! Looks like I might need to pick up that book. I agree with you completely. Yesterday, I wanted a cheeseburger so I had one. I somehow managed not to go over calories and I have no idea how, but it was so good and I'm glad I did it. You are making fabulous progress--managing the mind is the hardest part of changing our habits!
    Happy Saturday,

  4. That's an absolutely perfect quote. And I'm glad that you were able to find it just what you needed it.

  5. So back in February I seen you at church, I leaned to Jared and said "I think Julie lost weight!" Well a couple of weeks ago I read this blog and I was right. You look great! So here's my advice, it may or may not be good advice for you. It's o.k. to have one of those days! Think of it as a reward for all that you have accomplished. I think once a month is o.k. Only you know what works best for you. I have adjusted to what works for me because if I'm not happy with my workout routine I get discouraged and it keeps me from working out. Keep doing what you are doing. You are going into this with a set goal and you are determined. You will achieve your goal.


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