So I’m 2 weeks into my third month of following a more “what you can, when you can” lifestyle in this journey. If you noticed anything about my check-in at the beginning of November, it might be that all my WYCWYC choices had to do with eating or exercising. Which on the surface makes sense, since I am trying to build healthier habits with the plan of losing weight.
But then I noticed something these past 2 weeks: the number of my dietary WYCWYC choices has decreased significantly. Which is a pretty big deal since I wasn’t making a ton of healthier choices in the first place.
This troubles me. I have been making less-than-healthy choices the vast majority of the time.
Fresh stretch marks catch my eye, and I realize I’m headed in the wrong direction.
Getting to the root of the problem
I sat down with Adam the other day and, as you might expect, I began complaining about the fact that I’ve been making fewer healthy choices lately. Because complaining always helps things, right? </sarcasmface>
Being the problem-solving-oriented person he is, he asked why I’ve been struggling so much with making healthier choices.
Ah ha! It turns out that, true to my nature, I’m gravitating toward convenience foods. Which in this case means a bunch of “skinny” frozen dinners and microwavable cups of various types of cheesy noodles and fast food out the wazoo and pizza delivery galore.
And as is common for many of us, when I’m struggling in one area, it starts to bleed over into others. For instance, I haven’t been drinking quite as much water this month (because, let’s face it, cheeseburgers simply taste better with pop to wash them down!).
Hooray! What now?
So here’s the deal. I have some solutions!
I already know myself. Like I said, I gravitate toward convenience foods. This might never change. But over the past 2.5+ years, I’ve learned how to work with my tendencies instead of fighting against them.
See, I pretty much never have any interest in preparing food when I get hungry. Once hunger starts to tickle at my belly, I try to figure out the fastest way I can make that tickle go away.
So remember how I used to batch cook? Well, that’s why.
If I cook all at once (when I’m not necessarily grumbly in the tumbly), then I can portion out the entrees I make into smaller containers. Freeze some, put some in the fridge, and voilà! Healthy(er) convenience foods!
But here’s the problem with that…
…in order to cook, I first must have all the necessary ingredients…
…and in order to get the necessary ingredients, I have to go grocery shopping…
…and in order to know what to get at the grocery store, I have to make a grocery list…
…and in order to make a grocery list, I need to make a plan for what types of meals I want to eat in the coming week.
I know this is second nature in most people’s worlds. But I kinda still struggle to be an adult sometimes. And by kinda, I mean totally.
wycwyc to the rescue!
So Adam – being the genius that he is – made the most amazing suggestion. Why don’t I apply my newfound philosophy to other parts of my journey instead of just the what-I’m-eating and when-I’m-moving-my-tush parts?
For example, when I want to take a nap (not the because-I’m-tired naps, but rather the I-want-to-avoid-life naps, which are a problem right now as some mild depression is still lingering around), I can make a healthier decision by figuring out what meals I want to eat in the upcoming days!
Taking a break from work? Split the time between facebook and making a grocery list!
Next time I’m not interested in doing anything and can’t figure out what I want to do with myself (which also typically leads to a nap)? Put on some shoes and head to the grocery store!
I’m a little late to the party
As I write this post, I’m realizing that this is probably how everyone else already uses WYCWYC in their lives. I initially saw it as a tool for weight loss, though. And while this expansion of my definition of its uses still revolves around things that can help with weight loss, my eyes are widening as I see how it can apply to…well…everything.
For example, I haven’t been blogging as much lately (as I predicted when I said I was giving myself a free pass a couple weeks ago). I’ve been doing what I could, when I could, which has amounted to a whole lot of behind-the-scenes work that HAD to get done, but pretty much nothing in the way of composing blog posts.
I had really wanted to write this post tonight, but when it came down to it, I decided I’d rather go to bed early.
Adam asked what I’d planned to write about. When I told him, he was all “well, you can do what you can right now by writing that post instead of going to sleep!” Touché, Adam. Touché.
So how can you apply wycwyc to your life?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! The cogs in my brain are already turning in how this can apply to my mental health. Can you apply it to something in your work life? Your relationships? Tell me in the comments section below how you use the “what you can, when you can” philosophy!
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Don’t forget to comment below!
I’d love to hear how you make WYCWYC work for you in your own life. Give me some ideas!