Mixed Tape Monday: Strong women, planning, and appetites

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a Mixed Tape Monday segment - where I write about a few random things in the spirit of those old school mixed tapes that had disc jockey’s talking over the intro of our favorite Prince song. 

Girls Gone Strong spotlight

Yesterday, shortly after the Steelers broke my heart and made it baseball season in January, I was fortunate enough to have a spotlight published on the website Girls Gone Strong. Perhaps the editor noted my favorite past time as cheering for my hometown football team and took pity on me by publishing it afterward.

 There's always a reason for Wonder Woman.

There's always a reason for Wonder Woman.

For those not familiar with GGS, it is a community of women working hard to change the message to women in the health and fitness industry, offering information with a body-positive focus. I am humbled and proud to be included on their site. 

Wearing a Wonder Woman outfit….

Do you have an if, then plan?

We’re half-way into January. How are your resolutions going so far? Have you been mostly able to stick with your resolutions?  According to a study published by Phillippa Lally, a health psychology researcher at the University College in London, on average, it takes people 66 days before a new behavior becomes automatic. 

66 days. 

Only 61 more days to go before my new approach to organization feels more like a habit and less like I’m in shackles. Kidding. Not shackles. More like constrained the way panty hose make you feel constrained. Or thigh highs. Thigh highs are awful. 

Part of making a new habit stick is to have a plan - specifically an if, then plan. 

If your goal for 2018 is to eat healthier, you might have an if, then plan for going out to eat. 

If I go out to eat with friends on a Friday night, then I will order first. (We are often subtly influenced by decisions our friends make, so if you are thinking about a salad but everyone at the table orders a burger and fries, you’ll be less likely to stick with the salad.) Perhaps your plan is that if you go out to dinner on a Friday night, you budget your calories so that most of them come from that meal. 

If it’s eating on the go that gives you trouble, your if, then plan might include storing healthy snacks in your car. Last week I found myself starving while out running errands. It would have been easy to stop at Chipotle, but I had some beef jerky in the car and that helped curb my appetite.

We know that life circumstances are going to pop up at the most unpredictable times. Doing what we can to plan in advance for those times can help us stay on track with our goals.  

How I Made Peace with My Appetite

One of my goals with Mixed Tape Monday is to share content from other sites that I hope will be helpful. The Girls Gone Strong website is an incredible source of body positive, real information. A client shared this article with me, and I've since shared it multiple times. 

Author Robin Skyles writes about her relationship with her own appetite and her personal experience with binge eating.

It's worth the read.  

Happy Monday. 

Only three weeks until pitchers and catchers report.