venting discussing with a few people how it’s been a mental game lately, this past week in particular with regards to staying on track with the diet.
I was not at 100% adherence (sidenote – that sounds so OFFICIAL doesn’t it?) this past week unfortunately and although I don’t feel like I failed, I realize it’s a mental game now. At first it was fun and it still is….but all of a sudden I would say it’s getting serious. The diet is not so much restrictive as much as it’s challenging to stick to.
The most difficult times for me occur when I’m off work in the middle of the week. My mid-week SUCKS. Weekends are pretty easy. Which is odd because I feel like everyone talks about how weekends cause them to get off track. For me it’s the opposite. Weekends are super easy probably because I’m not awake for as long on those days. The more sleep I get, the less time I have to cheat. Unless I master sleep-walk-eating. Which would be kinda awesome .
As for Monday and Tuesday, I would classify them as a medium level of difficulty.
Wednesday hits and look out! It’s like a light switch goes off and all of a sudden I’m STARVING and everything looks good and I stare into the cupboards and the fridge fighting with myself saying (sometimes out loud because no one is home) “Okay so just one of THOSE or a tablespoon of THAT or just an ounce of THIS couldn’t possibly be so bad.”
Didn’t I make a big post about this a few months ago? BLT’s! Bites Licks and Tastes = Add up = Leads to Binge = Hard Work Out the Window.
So here’s the game plan for Wednesdays: Check-in with my coach. Simple? Yes. Effective? Highly. It’s probably just going to be a quick shout to tell him I was at 100%. If I know someone is on the other end waiting for that email, I think I might do better.
By the way, feel free to comment/email/text me on Wednesdays to find out how I’m doing. It helps to have people, even complete strangers, check-in with me. I did it the other day on someone’s Facebook Page. They hadn’t posted in over a week so I posted a question to them on their “wall” and lo and behold it helped him. Even though the dude doesn’t have a clue who I am, just the fact that I asked him how he was doing made a small difference.
Yeah it might be short-lived but it’s something to get through the day.
I also got some good advice from my co-worker today. She said: Don’t think of it as 11 weeks to go or even 6 months in…think of it as Starting from Day 1. Today you’re starting from the beginning.
Starting anew. Maybe it sounds too much like “I’ll start Monday” mentality but it’s not. Even though I’ve been on Ben’s plan for 10 weeks, and training for 9 months, I shouldn’t think of all the time that I’ve spent working and focus more on this point moving forward. That way it’s like a fresh start every week.
I like that mentality a lot more than thinking “Oh my gosh I can’t believe I have to do this for 11 more weeks.”
It should be “Oh YES, I have 11 more weeks to work on this!”
And even my coach phrased it well to me yesterday: “You can make the most out of these next 11 weeks or you can just get through it.”
I think I’m going to try to make the most of it. Just getting through it sounds like Just Getting By and that sounds like no fun.
On a somewhat unrelated note, I will be providing some free t-shirts for my “Fans” to wear to the show on October 5th. Family gets first dibs and then if there are extra and you are coming, you’ll get a shirt that you MUST wear that day.
It will look cool, trust me. The goal is to get a big picture of myself with all my supporters that day. For all those who have supported me, a t-shirt is the least I can do to repay you. 🙂
Also – I reserve the right to change my mind and charge a small fee for the shirts because…ummm….just because. 🙂
Okay 11 weeks: Here. We. Go.
Random Tweet of the Week courtesy of
“What’s the deal with these ridiculous selfies? How bout take a picture of yourself helping someone?
I couldn’t agree more!
8 thoughts on “Mid-Week Mentality”
You are a really neat gal Michelle. In a time when I am looked to as inspiring…It is SO nice to have you to look to inspire ME. Thank you.
Seriously making me tear up over here…thanks so much for these words.
It’s been a struggle for me this prep too. I’ve got 5 week. Eeekkk!!!
Keep pushing forward and no messing up Wednesday!!!! You’ve got goals! 😉
5 weeks, omg Dawn good luck! I didn’t mess up yesterday by the way. 🙂 100%!
Everything comes down to mental strength…DAMN IT! haha On days when I feel the desire to eat but don’t want to cheat, I always keep myself busy. I go for walks or sit out by the pool and work or even go to movies. As long as I’m busy and not just moping around the house, I find I don’t focus so much on food!
You can do it though! SO CLOSE!
Thank you for this!! It definitely helped me get through yesterday. I read through some comments as well as some old posts, plus I had lots of things to do around the house so that helped. Now, to get through today…and then tomorrow and the next day…ha! It’s going so fast yet so slow.
Every day is a battle…and it feels so good when you win!!! 🙂
I completely agree! I was killing it until this week. For some reason, I was on point with diet and exercise in Vegas (minus one glass of wine and one glass of champagne, which I was planning on to celebrate), but after I came back is when I started to fall off. And when I am five weeks out, going off three times is a set-back. But the best thing to do is know that TODAY is a new day. We have to understand that the set-backs happened but lets no longer judge it, and move on. NEW day, NEW progress.