This post is part of the A Better You series.
In case you missed it, the better you challenge for March was Eating With Intention. If you are struggling with making good decisions about food, I really recommend you check the post out. This is really just about my experience.
Going into the challenge I knew this would be a hard month for me. I am an emotional eater. Plus, I just like to eat. I wish I could just sit here and say it was easy, that I did a perfect job, and that I have reached some sort of enlightenment. However that wouldn’t really be very helpful. So I am going to be honest, it was so hard.
I started off doing really well. I made sure to really listen to my body. I made sure to eat when I needed and not eat mindlessly at night. I ate lots of protein and fresh veggies. I was doing so well and I felt AMAZING. I had more energy, my skin looked better, I slept better. Life felt good!
Around the 17th of the month,I really got off course. I had birthday brunch, birthday cake, and then didn’t get completely back on track until the end of the month.
I could give you a million and one excuses. I was tired. Too much stress. Family troubles. Sickness. But really I think it is because I don’t really feel like I am worth it. Eating how I need to and when I need to is all about me. It’s about buying and cooking the food I need, even if my husband wants burritos. I’ve never been particularly good at making myself a priority. Of course, I also have people in my life that just won’t let me, so that doesn’t really help. The lack of support paired with the stress and lack of sleep really did a number on my efforts. Ordering in pizza at the end of the long day was way easier than making a healthy dinner that neither my husband nor my kids would eat.
While my experience wasn’t perfect, I did learn a lot. I learned that I can make good food choices. That I can slow down and enjoy my food. That I understand what my body is trying to tell me about the foods I was eating. I learned that I can feel awake and energized, something I hadn’t experienced in years!
For the A Better You April Challenge, we will be focusing on moving more. I didn’t say exercise 6 days a week or burn 500 calories a day. Just move more. Look for the next post in the series in early April.