Hello my friends How are you this Wednesday morning? For some reason I tossed and turned last night and the night before. Friday I am leaving after work to see my parents! I am pretty excited about it because they have been gone for a while now. They took a big trip this summer up to South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, and even New Mexico. I got a message from my mom yesterday telling me they were at home and glad to be. Oh, and that they were tired.
Let’s get right to the topic that I want to talk about this morning. I realized something over the weekend and really wanted to share it with you. I like my body. Crazy thought, I know! But I do! While I was hiking Saturday, I felt very thankful that I have the ability to climb and walk long distance and even run a few steps too. I wasn’t at all self conscious about my weight or what I was even wearing at the time of my hike. I just didn’t care. I just felt very thankful! I have strong legs and I am thankful for that .
This got me to thinking about how and why people make the choice to lose weight. There were many days I just wanted to drop the weight overnight knowing that that was impossible. The weight didn’t get there overnight, so it won’t come off that way.
I had to make the choice to lose the weight for myself and for no one else. I don’t even actually want to be skinny. I want to be healthy and fit and be able to climb a mountain without passing out. You get there. You really do, but you have to keep pushing forward.
Do I have hard days where I make poor food choices? You bet. In fact, the other day was horrible! Let’s just say there was a slice of pizza, copious amounts of cookies, and chocolate lucky charms.
I just feel good. I enjoy working out, eating new (and sometimes strange) things, figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t. I even enjoy lifting weights. I am actually starting to feel and see a difference in my legs. Especially when it comes to running. The endurance alone! I ran before work yesterday and it felt amazing!
Small choices and changes make a huge difference. You won’t notice them at first, but one day you will wake up and just know.
Make good choices
Make bad choices (it reminds you that you are human)
Eat less sugar
Avoid artificial sweeteners
Eat green food (not spoiled!)
Walk, if that’s all you can do
And sleep some more
Take time for yourself
Listen to your body
But push yourself beyond what you think you can do every once in a while
and drink more water
One of the difficult things about losing weight or making any kind of lifestyle change will be the difficult days. There were days that when I made one bad decision I felt like my whole day was shot. Don’t believe that! Our days are made up of tons of small decisions, making one to get back on track will be part of it. With food or with working out. Don’t let the bad days dictate how you approach healthy living, even when the new wears off. And it will, trust me.
Be who you are and take it one day at a time.
(crude I know, but it was too funny!)
I hope you have a great day….. I’m off to do some cleanin and some pressin. 45 minute Pump!