I had a conversation with Crazy Self yesterday. I noticed that my abs were looking a little soft during my workout and there was a brief flash of, "oh no too much bread all the cookies no more sandwiches freakin' pasta what was I thinking." So I did a quick reality check.
Q: What did I weigh this morning? A: Same as always.
Q: How are the clothes fitting? A: My tightest jeans are comfortable like lounge pants.
Q: How are the habits? A: Freakishly consistent.
Q: What week is this? A: Oh! (lightbulb appears over head) It's PMS week!
Q: Is it possible I'm retaining a little water and insanity right now? A: Yes, that explains it.
So, then I disregard the soft abs (or crazy eyes) and carry on.
Sometimes my reality checks will produce the opposite answers. Weight up, clothes tight, habits getting...creative. I still always consider the time of the month. I do have one hard rule when it comes to diet and exercise: I'm not allowed to make any judgments about my body or changes to my nutrition or workouts when I'm hormonal. If I wait it out, 95% of the time, everything is back to normal the following week without having done a thing to "fix" myself. If after the "PMS time out" (LOL) I'm still concerned, all I ever have to do is return to my habits. Am I eating 3 satisfying meals per day without snacking? Am I physically hungry before my meals and feeling light and empty before bed? Am I eating mostly whole foods? If I've been eating too many random snacks, or my portions have expanded enough that I'm not always hungry for meals, or I'm going to sleep at night still full from dinner, or I've been considering carrot cake a vegetable, I ease back into my habits. Being more mindful for a couple of weeks is always enough to send things trending in the right direction. Note that it's weeks (plural), not one day or a couple of meals and then if I don't see results I'm going to freak out. Results happen when I'm consistent for a long time. They don't happen any other way. So, I'll dial it in and then kick back and wait for the time to pass. Patience isn't a problem because the process itself is so enjoyable. I love my food. I love being hungry for a great meal. I love going to sleep at night happy with my choices. All of it feels good, and because of that, I'm not tempted to go on a grapefruit diet or start weighing chicken or anything crazy.