“Perfect 10”

by Elana Priesman

I have been struggling lately with the “perfect 10”, as in life will be better when I lose 10 lbs. But then somehow it’s the next 10 lbs. and I wonder when I am ever going to find that magic place where everything seems “perfect.” I have experimented with different eating plans over the past year and also have a couple hurdles due to injuries. I was looking back through some of photos from last year and think how awesome I looked! At the time of course, I wasn’t satisfied. Funny how now, I would do anything just to get back to where I was!

My road to success looks like something a 2 year old would scribble. I just need to keep reminding myself to stay the course, keep focused, keep positive and to not look back because I’m not going that way! I can only have control over what I am doing in the present moment. It seems like such an easy thing to say, but in all actuality, it can be difficult! For example, I had everything perfectly planned for a recent business trip I was on. I flew with my kale salads and had put them in the hotel fridge to find the next morning they were all frozen! There was no natural food store in proximity and I was stuck. I had to rely on vegan junk food and did the best I could until I was able to find a vegan restaurant to make a tofu a veggie dish for me.

The vegan junk food sent me on a whirling spiral of wanting more vegan junk food for a couple days. Of course, my brain was lit up like a christmas tree with every bite, but I also felt sluggish and not motivated to work out like my normal self. Since I have experienced both sides of the spectrum, I know how amazing I feel when I eat clean n’ green. It is a struggle to escape the pleasure of sugar, oil and salt, but I know in my mind that it has to be done. I know that I need to get back to how I felt. I know that when I crave my workouts, I am feeding my body right.

So I did what I had to do, and even though it’s rough transition, I do it out of necessity, because bad habits are a slippery slope. I ordered myself a three -day all green juice cleanse. As much as vegan junk food was staring at me from across the room like a wicked temptress, have to stand my ground and find other forms of pleasure to distract me.

Here are my tips for getting back on track:

Chew flavored gum (make sure it’s vegan) the act of chewing alone is an oral distraction. You have something in your mouth to keep it busy. Sometimes I chew the whole pack when necessary. My motto is , “Do what you gotta do, and chew what you gotta chew!” (as long as it’s gum)
Drink as much water as you possibly can. Water log yourself so your stomach feels full. You will feel kinda sick, but better “sick than sorry”.
Drink some delicious flavored tea. I just discovered this new vanilla roobois parfait flavor from Tazo. It makes me feel like I just had a pound cake or something. Imagination is key here. Just go with it.
Green yourself clean. Drink as much green juice as you can. And even much on some cucumbers and leafy greens. Somehow the magical nutritious elements will heal you, and fill your body with nitric oxide, which in turn will make your vascular system circulate better. Within no time, the neural pathways to your brain will let you think more clearly about what you are doing. You will be able to resist vegan junk food like a super hero shielding all evilness away. You’ll so believe me later.

Push the tush! (to the gym that is or whatever exercise you can do!) Even though I am feeling bloated and so horrible that even TSA wouldn’t want to pat me down, I make myself go to the gym. After I spend the whole day stressing about how everyone is going to judge me, or how I might get scouted to be in the next Michellin man commercial, I decide that I just have to move fast enough so no one can get a good look at my body! I toss my fears into the fire that burns within my soul and use it to fuel my workout.

There is a saying, “this too shall pass”. I have faith that in a few days I will be able to lose the water weight, ditch the cravings, and get back to my regimen. All I know is eating more vegan junk food is not the answer!

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