1. Saying no to the office "treat"--At my work, there's a running joke that newbies gain a "freshman fifteen" during their first few months here. It'd be hard not to, what with free breakfasts, cookies, birthday's and celebrations happening at least twice a week (seriously, it's ridiculous). Sometimes it's easy in these situations to say to yourself, "Just one won't hurt," or, "It's her birthday! I have to celebrate!" I've found, however, that saying no even just every other time there's a treat is a small victory. EAT THAT, DELICIOUS BIRTHDAY CAKE!
2. Getting right back on the wagon after you fall off--I've learned that no day is "ruined" by one bad choice (though I'd argue that donuts are ALWAYS a good choice). What I've learned to do instead is see that poor choice for what it is (maybe I was PMS-ing, or maybe I needed a little indulgence, or hell, maybe I just wasn't paying attention) and then I pretend it never happened. I go about my day as if I had eaten healthy the whole time. Believe me, this is a much better choice than what I used to do...which is say, "SCREW IT! THIS DAY IS OVER. I'M HAVING ICE CREAM. TWICE. AND BEER."
3. "Just five minutes"--Sometimes I spend the last hour at work arguing with myself about my workout. "But I'm soooo tired!" I'll whine, to which I'll reply, "But your thighs are really jiggly!" If I'm really in a sour mood about it, I bargain with myself: "Just five minutes and then you can stop." Well! If that isn't the best little trick I've learned! Half the battle is just forcing myself to get my workout gear on and get moving. And once I'm moving, well hell, why don't I make five minutes into ten or twenty?
So! What are some of your little victories that make you proud of yourself? (They don't have to just be about your health! Like, sometimes I just congratulate myself for remembering to turn my library books in on time.)
Posted by The Naked Redhead
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