This week I've made some progress in the way of two insights which seem to be helping me change my lifestyle. Now neither of these are earth shattering hidden revelations - just things I've known forever that seem to have finally penetrated that barrier between knowledge and knowing in my mind.
Firstly let's talk exercise. Did you know exercise can change your mood? Whoop Whoop Whoop - well who'da thunk that! Seriously, I can't tell you how often I've heard people say that - but for the past six year of self depriving child rearing I just haven't been able to get myself past the initial discomfort to experience it. It really hit home for me today when I started to feel a serious attack of the hormonal horrors building. As I was sitting down getting ready to 'set my face to scowl' and 'my attitude to grump' for the afternoon, I had a sudden flash of a Dr Phil show I'd watched some time ago. I could just see his little round face bopping up and down when he said "When I feel like I don't want to exercises I know i really need to". So in reverence to Dr Phil I told scowl and grump to hold off for a minute while I pulled out the Wii and had a little fitting session for 30 minutes. You'll be able to guess what happened next .... yup I felt better and still do and it's hours later now. Bazinga!
Secondly, mindful eating also seems to be starting to erode some of the sad messages years of 'off and on' dieting have programed into my mind. I'm suddenly finding its tea time and I'm ravenously hungry. Thinking back I'll realise I haven't eaten since morning tea. For me this is close to miraculous. I'm so used to thinking about food ,or more precisely eating, constantly. Last night I simple 'chose' not to have anything to eat after the girls went to bed. It was so empowering. Such a simple thing that I'm sure sounds totally ridiculous to most. But for a worn out dieter, who has always depended on food for comfort, this seriously impressive. Bazinga!!
And now for the TOTALLY MIND BLOWING, TOP IT ALL OFF moment of this post. I've lost weight without really even trying that hard. The Wii fit test I did during the week said I've dropped over a kilo since i started my Wii Fitting. "O HAPPY DANCE" (sung by a choir of angels to the tune of the Hallelujah Chorus). Exercises and mindful eating - how I love thee!
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