Changing my mindset

Like my other recent posts, one of the reason I’m writing them is the remind myself of how I succeed when I’m in the zone, rather than focusing on the days when I’m struggling.

So one of the things I have noticed recently is that my attitude and mindset is changing. Only slightly, but the changes I’m making are positive and are helping my weight loss journey.

I’m writing this post on the train to London. I’m in first class, so get free food and drink. In the past I’d have said yes to everything on offer. Today that would have seen me have two meals and a handful of alcoholic drinks.

When they came and offered the second food choice today, I declined. I didn’t think, “I’m paying for it so should have it,” but instead noted that I wasn’t hungry and decided that was all I needed to consider!

Similarly, I’ve had a couple of gin and tonics and enjoyed them, but I don’t need more, so a diet soft drink is sufficient now.

I enjoy a meal out, and won’t stop doing that, even when trying to lose weight. But what I can do is make those choices healthier. That doesn’t have to mean only going for salads and light choices, but it means making an informed choice and cutting out things like unneeded courses, extras and side dishes. I used to be the king of thinking, what else can I have with this meal. So garlic bread, extra veg, the chicken on a Caesar salad were all obvious choices to me. Not now, I eschew these and choose the meal I really want.

I’ve been doing lots of exercises, as I’ve mentioned in a previous blog. I’m now at the stage where I look forward to this of an evening. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I didn’t choose to do a few extra minutes/calories/distance rather than wishing I could escape early. They say it takes thirty days for something to become a habit. I’m definitely feeling that now.

These are all fairly small choices on their own, but it’s what they represent to me that is more important. Being healthy has moved up the priority list for the choices I make, and that can only be a good thing!

To many people, I don’t doubt this sounds obvious and simple. But if I always thought that, I wouldn’t be trying to lose weight and writing his blog.

The only man in the room.

Published by Ian Curwen

Communications professional and a bit of a foodie that wants to travel more. Sharing my observations on life.

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