Last week was fabulous! I felt like I was at a group therapy session with all my friends. There is something comforting about sharing things we are trained to be so ashamed of. The truth is everybody has quirks and bad habits. We all do things that we see others scorned for which makes us fearful to admit them.
My theory is, if we were all a bit more transparent there wouldn’t be as much to be guilty about. No one is perfect in any sense of the word. There are no perfect bodies. We know this, right? There are no perfect parents or perfect children. Even if you think your diet is perfect, they’ll change what perfect is next week anyway–eggs are good, no their bad oh wait, they are good again.
What it really comes down to is balance. You have to balance the "good" with the "bad." You have to own your unhealthy habits as much as you celebrate your healthy ones. The world is not black or white. We live in shades of grey. This concept was key for me to break out of the yo-yo dieting cycle of hell I talk so much about.
For so long I thought I had to be perfect which led to dieting to get perfect but once I couldn’t be perfect on said diet I decided it wasn’t worth it at all. If I couldn’t be perfect then why bother? But I wanted to be perfect so I’d start again with a new perfect diet only to discover I couldn’t be perfect yet again.
I know there are a lot of "perfects" in there but I know at least some of TOTALLY get what I’m talking about because you have also been in the yo-yo dieting cycle of hell–here’s where I’m being transparent to let you know it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
This is a super long introduction to this weeks question which is a follow up of last weeks. Since we already owned our UNhealthy habits it’s time to celebrate the healthy ones. What are you doing right? What do you deserve a pat on the back for? Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn. Owning your accomplishments is JUST as important as recognizing what you need to change.
Me? Well let me tell you, I am a CHAMP in the healthy breakfast department. I adopted the breakfast habit long ago and now I don’t feel right unless I start my day with at least some fruit. Every morning the Little Guy and I sit down together and add fruit to cereal, peel our hard boil eggs or experiment with a new oatmeal idea. We take on breakfast and it’s awesome!
I also eat a lot, I mean a LOT of fruit and vegetables. Today alone I had blueberries and pomegranates with breakfast. An apple with peanut butter with lunch along with a English Muffin tomato pizza and roasted peppers on crackers. Later I dipped a ton of tomatoes, carrots and sugar snap peas with hummus for a snack and I made roasted Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes with dinner. I’m also dreaming of some Banana soft-serve as an evening snack which I will probably add more blueberries to. It took me a long time to embrace this many fruits and vegetables in my diet but now it’s a a healthy habit I’m proud of.
Finally, I’m proud that I take every opportunity to walk or take the stairs when I can. Little Guy and I will routinely walk and let the husband move the car (he’s so anti walk,) We’ve walked to the grocery store when it’s warm, and I’ve been known to seek out the stairs even when I’m on the 10th floor–I’ve even left people at conference who wanted to take the elevator. I’m proud to be a stair taker! It’s something I totally do out of habit now.
Ok, your turn. What healthy habits are you proud of? If you answered last weeks question you BETTER answer this weeks! Confessing is good for the soul but so is taking a moment to pat yourself on back. Pat away!