But I made this blog to capture the truth, and I'm not sure I've accurately captured that lately. So here's some real talk on the parts of weight loss I still struggle with:
1) I bribe myself with food. All. The. Time.
|This salad was a bribe.|
My goal this week is to not drink pop at work. And I haven't (hoo-rah!). But I did bribe myself with Starbursts yesterday afternoon when what I really wanted was a 3pm Diet Dr Pepper (amiright?!). And after I bailed on my 5-mile morning run on Wednesday, I bribed myself with Pockets (my favorite healthyish neighborhood fast food place) if I ran the whole five that night. And I bribed myself with indulging in Bagel Friday at work a few weeks ago (I usually avoid it) if I could run a 5K in <30 minutes. So, am I bribing myself with french fries and beefy five-layer burritos? No. But I do bribe myself with "indulgences" on a pretty regular basis.
2) Drinking my calories.
I almost never drink during the week, but I make up for it when I do drink on the weekend (usually just one night). A bottle of wine is 500+ calories, and I'm pretty sure it doesn't qualify as a fruit salad.
3) "Cheat meals."
I hesitate to call them cheats, because I do plan for them. But I eat Jimmy Johns almost every week. And not an unwich because let's be real, the bread is the best part. A 750-calorie #16 Club Lulu with a bag of Thinny Chips (which, spoiler alert, are not much healthier than the regular chips).
4) Portion control in social settings.
If I'm going to be in a social situation where food is involved (parties, mostly), I don't plan on portion control. I'll hoard my points/calories so I can eat "forbidden foods" to my heart's content. I don't keep most sweets, cheese cubes, chips or snacky appetizers around my apartment because -- shocker! -- I struggle with portion control. Needless to say, allowing myself to gorge every time I'm around these foods at parties isn't helping the problem.
5) Working out my weak zones.
|Gimme those arms.|
Know why I never want to work out my arms or core? Uh, because these are by far my weakest body parts and I haaaaaaaate arms/core workouts. Mostly core. Doing crunches until your muscles clench up and it hurts your stomach to breathe? I HATE IT. And yet I continue to not see much progress in these areas, and it continues to bother me, and I still do nothing about it.
Noticing a trend here? Food always was, and likely always will be, my largest struggle. It's not easy to say no to random sweets around the office, and it's hard to stop after a serving size of Fritos at a party. And still, as much as I can control, I do control. I don't keep "danger" foods in my apartment, and I don't have drinks after work if I didn't plan for them.
At the end of the day, the little things do add up to make a big difference. And ultimately I know that if I win enough little battles along the way, I'll win the war.
What are your biggest weight loss struggles?