Every week, my BFF and I have a lovely ritual we like to call our “Monday Epic”. We drop the kids, drive to one of the local mountains and prepare ourselves for a good 3-4 hour pedal.
On beautiful sunny fall days like today, we gear up for a mega epic – usually involving a climb to the 8th switchback, which at our leisurely pace takes us about 1hr 20 mins or so (but maybe only 45 at a normal pace?!)
On these climbs we talk a little about everything. Kids. Relationships. Food. Skincare. Manicures. Meal planning. Work. Lack of Work. Nannies. Hangovers. Money. You name it.
We also talk a lot about body image, self esteem and nutrition. Three things I struggle a LOT with.
Today we talked about how I am struggling with the fact that despite all the hard work I have doing with my trainer for the past 6 months is being offset by the fact that I still can’t see myself any differently than I did before I started. I see the numbers on paper going in the right direction, well, maybe all but one – the dreaded scale.
I’ll admit it – I do exercise a LOT. But I don’t eat well at all. And to really reach my goals, I need to put down the wunderbars and bottles of vino and get more serious about what I am putting into my bod.
<insert mini tantrum> BUT. I. DON’T. WANT. TO!
Yes, yes, it’s hard to break old habits so, I need to make little changes when it comes to my eating. My BFF told me that every day before she eats a meal she has a big plate of veggies. This way she fills up on good, fibre rich foods, gets rid of the immediate gnawing hunger which then helps with portion control. Sounds like an all around win to me non? She also brings fruit and veg with her while out and about, and of course to our Monday epics so that by the time we get back to the car (and are RAVENOUS) she has something healthy to nosh on.
I on the other hand usually hit the Starbucks at the bottom of the hill and ingest just about every calorie expended on said Monday epic. Le sigh.
So, I am starting my #30DaysOfVeggies challenge where I am going to eat a plate of veggies before each meal. And, I will also try to pack more fruit and veg with me on the road, so when hunger hits, I don’t give into the first drive thru I see.
I don’t know if I will ever get over my body issues completelely, but I do know I need to take better care of myself so if this can be a good first wee little step then so be it. Who’s joining me?!