Today's meeting topic was "Replay Your Day". I didn't really understand what that meant, based on the topic title, but once Glenda, my leader, started talking about it, I realized that this is a very helpful topic! She said to think about a day that went really poorly--bad eating, no exercise, just feeling bad by the time we went to bed. She asked what it was that made us feel bad.
On the flip side, she then asked us to think about a perfect day that we'd had. What did we eat? Did we exercise? Did we go to bed feeling really good and happy about ourselves?
A bad day for me would be a day where I binge (regardless of whether I've exercised that day). A binge leaves me feeling mad at myself, doubtful of being successful, and just a very down mood. Physically, a binge makes me feel full, sluggish, lazy, and tired.
A good day for me has been a day where I run, stay active throughout the day, eat healthy foods that I enjoy, and allow for a treat of some sort at night. A day like that makes me feel really happy and successful; and physically, a good day makes me feel energetic and light.
In thinking about bad days and good days, "replaying our day" would be going over exactly what we did that day to make us feel good or bad. Obviously, we should try to repeat what makes us feel good. On a binge day, I can try to identify what happened before the binge that led up to it, so that I can try not to repeat it. And on a good day, I can try to repeat those same actions to have another good day.
I got this comment on my blog post about my no-sweets challenge, and I loved it. When people ask me WHY I'm doing this challenge, it's really difficult to put into words. But Nicki, in a short comment, explained it perfectly:
"I'm looking forward to having treats feel like a treat again and not a food group!" That. That's exactly it! I had gotten past the point of eating sweets in moderation, and now I really just want to get back to where a treat feels like a treat again.
I wish I could say that it's getting easier each day without sweets, but it really isn't. I miss my sweets! Today, after Weight Watchers, my mom and I went to Sam's Club. I bought a bunch of fruit to have when I'm feeling snacky, so hopefully it will curb the sweet cravings. This afternoon, while I was preparing my lunch, I snacked on watermelon, and that helped a lot. I used to eat a ton of grapes, but I think watermelon is going to be the new grapes for me this time around ;)
Right now, it's about 8:00, and in "replaying my day", I'm very happy with how everything went. I didn't run today (it's a rest day), but I did make it a point to get in 10,000 steps on my Fitbit. I ate very healthy all day, including fruits and veggies, and plan to have popcorn for a snack tonight. Now to repeat that tomorrow...
Oh, this is kind of random, but I was so appalled about it that I wanted to share here. Yesterday, Eli got in trouble at school, and had to sit out the entire recess. His crime? He was playing tag with some of his friends on the playground. It's a recess rule that the kids aren't allowed to run on the playground, because "someone could get hurt". So when Eli was seen playing tag, they made him sit out for the whole recess.
Is that not completely crazy?! Kids are supposed to run around and let out some pent up energy during recess. My memories of recess are of my friends and I chasing boys the entire time. And playing Red Rover. And tag. My kids only have gym every third school day, so they really aren't getting much activity during the seven hours they're at school; and now they can't even run during recess. I just can't believe that "no running" is a playground rule.
Speaking of my kids, I noticed this lying in my yard yesterday:
I gave Eli a bracelet from the Rock CF half-marathon that I did recently, and he apparently turned it into a slingshot. I thought that was pretty creative of him! He is definitely all boy. A couple of weeks ago, he came home from school with this:
He made a bow and arrow out of two pencils and one of those rubber band bracelets. I would totally understand if he got in trouble for shooting someone with a pencil at school, but for playing tag? Really?