I have been very honest with myself about my health goals and weight loss goals. I know that I love food. I mean, I can sniff in a kitchen & pick out different spices. I can almost taste things when the aroma is strong. Knowing how much I enjoy food, I decided to start a food diary. It was so eye opening! I often will snack the most at work & the other major time is when I'm bored. This does not assist in my weight loss goals.
I've also been getting up at 4:40 am every day during the week to get to the gym by 5am so I can have plenty of time to get in both cardio & weights. So far the scale has not budged. I want to cry each time I step off of it, but I don't. I keep telling myself that this is a challenge for me. I'm very competitive, even with myself. I can do this!
This last week while in Vermont, I was exhausted. We left the hotel by 7am most mornings and didn't get back until about 8pm. I did not work out the entire time I was there. It was such an overwhelming week that the thought of working out at 9pm (after we'd eaten dinner) just did not appeal - plus the fact that any exercise after 8pm tends to keep me up forever. I mean, I set the alarm, but I just didn't get out of bed.
So I'm disappointed in myself. I want to be healthy. I want to lose weight. I want to lift like I used to be able to.
What I reminded myself yesterday was that we all experience setbacks. A setback doesn't mean failure, it doesn't mean give up. It tells me to take a look at what I did (or in this case didn't do) and figure out what happened to cause it.
I think that God leads us to these challenges. I also think that he is our head cheerleader and often is that force we feel beside us when we are struggling to get out of bed, or finish that last mile or even to turn away from the bacon cheddar peanut butter burger (yeah, I've got a major craving).
What challenges are you facing right now? What do you do to help you through them?
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