If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I am not a huge advocate of diets. If by diet you mean deprivation, calorie counting and basically having NO FUN!
However, I’ve decided that I need to go on a diet – my version of a diet that is…
Here’s the truth.
Lately I’ve been feeling pretty tired, I’ve got a chronic sore back that stops me from sleeping well, I often feel anxious and I’m busy. You know, that overwhelmed busy feeling, not that fun inspiring busy feeling.
I work 6 days a week and I teach classes 5 nights a week. Even as I write that down it sounds a bit crazy to me! But I really do love what I do and my work energises me. However, it is quite physical and often emotional which means I need to make sure I get rest.
My one day off a week is often filled with running errands, jobs and catching up with people. And more and more I find myself craving 24 hours on the couch in front of Netflix with a bag or two of chips. And this exact feeling is why I left my job in Sydney to become a personal trainer. Except it was a serious Foxtel habit back then because Netflix wasn’t invented yet.
I’ve been asking myself – why is this the case? I do what I love, I have quite a lot less stress in my life and in so many ways I am living the dream life that I always wanted.
And then it dawned on me… I haven’t been fuelling myself properly. I’ve recently started using Woolworths online to do my grocery shopping (a wonderful way to free up some time) and the weekly list that I had created included chips & chocolate. Although I was eating greens with most meals it was a tiny handful rather than the half plate I know that makes me feel good. I have been drinking a large coffee most days even though I know that this makes me more anxious and overwhelmed.
It’s time for a wellness upgrade – and I deserve it!
Coincidently I have been challenging myself to look at my naked body in the mirror every morning for 3 minutes. Yes, it’s confronting (well it is for me anyway) but ultimately it is quite empowering. It has helped me really see my body and in some ways I love it (strong legs, sexy shoulders, pert(ish) butt) and in other ways I really don’t (big round tum, scars from multiple surgeries, a few stretch marks here and there).
What I see now is a body that needs a bit more love. And the best way I can treat my body with love is to move it gently and regularly (which in my line of work is easy) and fuel it with food that makes me feel amazing.
I know how this happened by the way. In 2016 I spent most of the year in a lot of pain from my endometriosis and earlier this year I had a hysterectomy. Food became an easy comfort. But then as I got tireder and busier after my surgery I lost the energy to put my food choices first and so they easy option became… well… easy.
It happens to all of us at some stage. And my belief is not that it’s a problem that it’s happened but it’s that now I’ve noticed it I need to act.
So yes, I am putting myself on a diet. But not a calorie counting deprivation one. It’s a diet of love for my body. I deserve it!
I’ve designed 3 rules for my diet of love (I like rules, I’m a Virgo).
- Eat heaps more veggies – with every meal. The fibre and nutrition will keep me fuller longer as I aim to eat 3 meals a day most days without snacking. (But if I go to a café I’m gonna have cake!) Veggies make me feel like I have a super power so it’ll do me lots of good.
- Write down everything I’m going to eat the night before. It’s kind of a combo between a to-do list and a contract with myself. Plus, if it’s written down I’m more likely to stick to it.
- I’ll mostly avoid sugar (see rule #1) but I am going to add sweetness to my life in other ways, like a regular massage, chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture to get my back under control. Regular treats are so important, it’s just about finding the right ones (i.e. NOT half a block of chocolate every night).
So, over to you. If you are a rule follower like me, what 3 rules could you set today to help you get your body (or your overall wellbeing) back on track? How does your body deserve to be loved? Please let me know in the comments section – it might help you get started and even stay on track.