Let’s Maintain Weight Loss During Stress

I’m sorry I missed my post last Wednesday! It has been a busy month for me as a music teacher with end of the year concerts, competitions and recitals. I have had an awesome couple weeks of watching my students surprise themselves with their accomplishments. Also, I was blessed to see my parents twice within a month! That hasn’t happened for us in more years than I want to think about.

With that being said, my healthy eating journey has been…interesting for over a month now.

In the past, when I got stressed out, I’d either ramp up the unhealthy emotional eating I was already consuming on a daily basis or, after I’d begun to change my habits I’d revert back and give in to the cravings. I cannot tell you how amazing it is to still be in the middle of concert week and be maintaining my weight loss!

The question needing to be answered is, “How was Bri able to do that?”

I’ll be honest with you. I haven’t had the mental capacity or time lately to be prepared enough to continue in the weight loss during this short season. However, I have continued in the routines I’ve built my life around.

  1. Grocery shopped and cooked once a week.
  2. Drank lots of water.
  3. Ate protein with every meal.
  4. Ate 2 fresh vegetables a day.
  5. Ate a fruit a day.

Then, I gave into a treat almost every day. I enjoyed meals out with family and friends but ate desserts and pizza in moderate portions.

That’s all it took! I had built up habits and transformed my body enough that it was easy to keep eating and drinking relatively close to how I have been for over a year and a half without being purposeful about it. I took water everywhere I went because I always do. I had some snacks with me most of the time because I eat often throughout the day.

It felt so good to wake up each day and get a healthy start even though I’d enjoyed some ice cream or cake the day before. I didn’t give up or start over I just kept going. You can too!

Have you made changes in your eating habits? Are they working even a little bit? Don’t give up! Give it some time. And just keep going. Time helps turn new changes into habits.

 

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