Flab to FAB · Health/ Fitness

The Trap Of Celebrating With Food

Over the last few months I have been on a journey from Flab to FAB.  If you have been following along, thank you so much for your support.  These last few pounds have been the toughest to shed!  I have 1.5 lbs to go, and it has been a struggle!

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have never had an issue with daily exercise. I love to get up early and get in a workout before the rest of my family is even awake.  My down fall has always been diet, even more specifically the sweet stuff!  The holidays are a tough time to be trying to lose those last few pound.  Some weeks I have been happy to just have not gained any weight.

I LOVE to eat!  I have had many conversations with fellow food lovers about where’s the best place to get homemade ice cream or freshly baked bread, or which restaurant has the best tasting menu.  I also love to cook myself.  I like to try new recipes, watch cooking shows and read cookbooks and food magazines.

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream from Haagen-Dazs | lookingjoligood.com
My favorite kind of ice cream

While the occasional food splurge is fine, and actually part of a successful weight loss routine, it is important to keep it an occasional splurge. While these occasions don’t have to be huge major special events – My daughter got a 100% on her first math test- Yay! Lets get ice cream!  My son scored a goal in soccer, Yay! Let’s get ice cream!  I did awesome at my job interview!Yay! Let’s get ice cream! I got the job! Yay! Let’s get ice cream!  I had a great first day of work!  Yay! Let’s get ice cream! I need to be careful that  I only  make exceptions for true special occasions.

Often what ends up happening is that these “special occasions” can become a daily even. They can easily turn into… I folded all the laundry! Yay! Lets get ice cream! I found my missing earring! Yay! Lets get ice cream!  I am having a great hair day!  Yay! Lets get ice cream!  Today is Wednesday! Yay! Lets get ice cream!  My Boston Terrier, Tessie, is super cute! Yay! Lets get ice cream!   See where I am going with this…(also, can you tell I like ice cream? :-))

My cute dog Tessie | lookingjoligood.wordpress.com
Look at that cute face!

While I have been on my Flab to FAB journey, I have had to start thinking about food and diet in a different way.  While good healthy food feels rewarding, food is fuel, not a reward.  Celebrating is fun, and celebrating with food is fun too, but it is not the only way to celebrate.

Instead of using food as a reward, I have been trying to reward myself in other ways.  Some ways include: getting a pedicure, buying new smaller clothes :-), getting some new makeup, or splurging on a new purse.  Sometimes the celebration is just giving myself a little bit of a break to sit down and read an extra chapter in a good book.  While I do still like to celebrate with food, I am slowly retraining myself to have a healthier relationship with food.

I hope that you found this helpful, and thank you for following along with me on my journey from Flab to FAB!

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