Today’s Fit Mission is inspired by one of my dear Fit & Fabulous Girls, Dawnie, who shared that she has been struggling on the weekends with staying on track. She generally just tries to eat healthy on weekends, but gives herself a break from tracking.
“During the week I rock it,” Dawnie said. “I pre-plan and pre-cook all my meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks I pack my little pink lunch bag EVERY day and I eat all my meals out of it.”
But she said that on the weekends, things are different. Even though her husband has always been very supportive of her weight loss efforts, the two of them struggle to avoid over-doing it on the weekends.
“(My husband) has watched me struggle on the weekends and while he will try to support me, let’s face it, he and I are both foodies and feed off each other,” she said. “So if I say ‘let’s order Greek food‘ he is like, “yeah!” she said. “He suggested I (start tracking) on the weekend too.”
Your Fit Mission: Make a Game of It
Your fit mission today is to join my girl Dawnie in her re-commitment to tracking her food.
Let’s play the food-tracking game! It goes like this.
- Track every morsel and calorie-laden drop you put into your mouth.
- Be sure to drink enough water, but don’t get crazy about tracking water intake unless you’re not getting enough. (If tracking makes you happy, though, by all means, track away!)
- Whether you track with Sparkpeople, Weight Watchers points or even just scratching it down in a pocket-sized notebook or on a notepad app your phone, keep a record of the food you eat.
And that’s it! Super easy, right? And it’s about to get even better.
For now, don’t stress about how much you’re eating or drinking. Just get into the habit of keeping a record of everything you eat. (My bet is that the simple act of writing it down will change your life–but if not, you can always choose a daily intake goal. We’ll get to that soon.)
It doesn’t have to (totally) suck. Make a game of it! You might be surprised to find out how much (or how little) you’re really eating.
What do you think about the food-tracking game? Are you a player? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section, below.
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Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy.
She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.