Faith Fitness and Laughter

Choosing to Lose

on July 24, 2013

Hello my friends Smile  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.  Smile 

 

 

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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 Smile.

 

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. 

 

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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. 

 

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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!

 

 

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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. 

 

Decide

Do it

Make good choices

Make bad choices (it reminds you that you are human)

Drink water

Eat less sugar

Avoid artificial sweeteners

Eat green food (not spoiled!)

Exercise

Walk, if that’s all you can do

Sleep

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. 

 

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(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!

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10 responses to “Choosing to Lose

  1. chasingchels says:

    I think feeling comfortable in your body is one of the best gifts imaginable. It’s taken a long time for me to feel similarly and like you said, I have my off days too, but overall I’m pretty happy with where I am. I can do what I want and need when the occasion arises (read: run 6-10 miles before work and then keep up with my crazy boys all day), and it feels great to be able to do that 🙂

    • It’s funny, I still have things that I want to work on, but feeling strong right now is the most important thing to me. I just feel great and it’s been a long time coming. You inspire me my sweet friend…your character and strength! 🙂

  2. LOVE THIS POST!! Such a good outlook…and love that you love yourself — that’s most important 🙂

  3. lol love those cards – especially the BIM/short one 😉 it’s so great you’re feeling so good – happy for you! 🙂

  4. Shawn says:

    Lovely post. I workout because I like how it makes me feel, getting stronger day by day is quite awesome. However, sometimes I start obsessing over the fact that I’m not losing enough weight quickly enough. Then I have to remind myself how much my body has done for me. Feeling comfortable in your own skin really is so important. Thanks again for this great post.

    • I do that too 🙂 I am pretty excited to be at a place that it just isn’t about losing weight or if at all. We beat ourselves up over our weight and it’s something that we just should do. Have a great day Shawn!

  5. Dstallman says:

    I’m really super happy to see the words “I’m happy with my body” I’ve been waiting a loooong time to hear (more less see) those words from you:) I miss you soo very much have a good time with your parents and tell them I say HI:) love and miss ya

    • My best friend!!!! I miss you so much and can’t wait for October!! It’s been a long time hasn’t it….I feel really really strong 🙂 I love you Diahann and can’t wait to see you and Calvin and your family. 🙂

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