Have you ever just had some crazy thoughts that you are like — why is my brain going to this right now?!
I am going to the beach on Saturday & my brain is already wanting to say “This week doesn’t matter. You are going on vacation next week & are going to gain anyway. Why even try?” WHOA, BRO! Like how is that going to help me in any way. I will tell you what my brain wants– this is going to be a vacation that does not revolve around food. My brain doesn’t know what to do with that, so it wants to rebel. It wants to go to what it easy, what is familiar.
In the past, vacations have been where I just let all food “rules” go out the window & eat whatever. I will say, over the last several years, I have created some new protocols for my vacations. I made a rule for myself that I will eat 2 healthier meals each day & one splurge meal. In addition to that though, I did a lot of snacking & probably a lot of drinking.
I am changing that up for this vacation & all future vacations, I will not be bringing any snacks with me to the actual beach or pool. If I want to eat a meal, I have to go back to the house or to a restaurant. That is uncharted territory for me & my brain does not like it. The whole reason I am not bringing snacks with me to the actual beach is because I don’t want to have to control my thoughts around it. I just don’t want the temptation. Make sense?
So what am I doing this week to deal with all this stinkin’ thinkin’??
I was resistant to journaling, but dang. Y’all! It is so helpful to just get all your thoughts out on paper. When I journal consistently, I am in such a better space mentally. There is no magic to how I journal. I just got a cute notebook and I write whatever I’m thinking/whatever is going on in my life. I can tell you when I don’t journal, I tend to go off plan more. I give myself every justification. So moral of the story = JOURNAL! It’s good for your health.
- Meal Prep
The best thing I did was meal prep in advance. I have all my meals prepped in the fridge & for the days when I will be eating out, I have that planned. I have set myself up for a great week in the food department. No decisions to be made.
- Deal with the Thoughts
One amazing ah-ha for me about all these thoughts is they are just that, THOUGHTS! You have the ability to change them, as well as, just deal with them. Like I said, my brain knows something is up & I am about to do something new. It doesn’t like that, so it is going to do all it can to try to keep it easy. Sorry, brain — we are doing the dang thing! I know that I am on the verge of a breakthrough & I will keep pushing forward.
I hope y’all know that we all have thoughts like this occasionally (or more than occasionally). The best thing to do is know that it is NORMAL. You aren’t broken. You are actually totally normal. Get out some paper & get those yucky thoughts out of your brain. I think journaling also really helps you see how silly some of your BS thoughts are.
What are some ways that you have to deal with your stinkin’ thinkin’?? I would love to hear!
See y’all later!