I decided to keep a monthly calendar of CRON days. Instead of trying to go for perfection and losing all hope, I’m going to track and celebrate the days where I can eat really well, make awesome choices, and keep it going. I don’t want to despair or get so upset that I can’t CRON each and every single day of my life. Instead, I want to start with small steps, and right now this includes tracking the days where I can CRON and do it successfully.
9/28-10/6 – CRON
10/7 – went out with friends, had wine & burger
10/8 – CRON
10/9-10/12 – lots of sweets, home made pizza and calzones
10/13-10/14 – CRON
10/15-10/17 – lots of sweets, birthday party for kids
10/18-today – CRON
Instead of starting over and over again, today I celebrate the 14th day of the month eating CRON, eating mostly raw fruits, raw vegetables, a big salad, and keeping my calories limited to the healthiest grub possible.
It makes me incredibly happy I was able to do it this way – and figure out I don’t have to be perfect each day, because it’s very upsetting starting and quitting, starting and quitting, starting and quitting, over and over again. Even though I would like to be perfect and motivated for eating CRON, and less than 2K or 1800kcals per day every day, I need to come to terms that some days I will not do a great job eating well. And other days, I will.
But because I know that I can have more and more good days, and by tracking it this way – I know I can eventually limit my unhealthy grub, and extend my CRON eating days for multiple days, weeks and perhaps even MONTHS at a time. I also want to quickly jump back into CRON. I don’t want one meal or one party to ruin my healthy CRON motivation for the next week or month. Instead, I want to say: Okay, you had a great time at the birthday party yesterday – now it’s time to load up on the greens, eat low calorie and absolutely nutritious foods – and get back on the horse, immediately! That’s exactly where I want to be in my life. I want to eventually move away from having a horrible food day from breakfast until dinner, to having one unhealthy meal, and eating well the rest of the day!
Small steps. I’m 33 and it’s pretty ridiculous that I’m just getting a hold of this right now. I mean, I couldn’t have figured this out like the other 13-years of my life?!?! But at least I have figured this out now, and now I can put it into practice.
I actually feel so much pressure taken off my shoulders. I feel so much lighter because I know that I can EAT CRON, EAT WELL, but I don’t have to do it forever. I can go to a birthday party, have a slice of pizza, have some cake, drink a soda, and then jump right back into CRON. I’m going to aim for more CRON days then non CRON days. So far for October – I’m determined to accomplish this. Including today, I have eaten healthy and CRON for 14 days! This is a HUGE HUGE deal, and I’m so excited about tracking my success, and moving on and not despairing about the rest. A CRON day means I will eat health and low calorie and super nutritious foods ALL day. There are 12 days left in the month, and let’s see if I can eat AWESOME most of those days.
I already know that we’re going as a family to a Halloween birthday party on the 21st and on the 31st is Halloween. So, those days, let’s say I enjoy some candy, grub, and non-CRON diet. That leaves me 10 other days where I can enjoy CRON perfection. So, let’s get it done!!!
Planning for this success is actually making me feel so much relief, it’s taking so much pressure off me, and bringing me so much happiness right now.
A friend yesterday, posted an article about the fact that our WILLPOWER isn’t the reason we’re successful. We’re successful in achieving our goals because we AVOID temptation! And hence, why I’m planning for a non-CRON diet on those two days. I will go to the B-DAY party with my kids, and I will go trick & treating with my kids on the 31st – both days planned for! Instead of trying to use willpower and eat well, I will indulge. If I wanted to be CRON on both days, I would avoid both of those events, which I refuse.
But I will avoid OTHER events, events that are going to take place the other 10 days! Cheers to CRON perfection on those days!