Took me 5 mins to do a rush job of scraping the ice off of my car windows. Pulled out onto the semi-plowed street, and headed onto the highway. Cars are driving slow, passed a car that had slid off the road. But no matter how bad the roads are, how cold the wind is, or the fact that I could be sleeping in this Saturday morning, I'm going to the gym! Got there safely, by God's grace. Walked in and looked around for my trainer....but I can't find him. Finally, I asked another guy who works there. "Oh, he's not coming in today, because of the bad weather. He couldn't get into his car this morning." Oh, rats! Well, I'm already here, I might as well work up a good sweat.
In the past, if this had have happened, I probably would have been upset, disappointed, and self-pitying. I would have left the gym, without working out, and driven through McDonald's drive-thru to get a hot fudge sundae. I know it sounds childish, but I'm just being honest. I was so proud of myself today. I just shrugged it off, and went to working out. Did 30mins on elliptical, and 1 hour of weight lifting, lunges, crunches, planks, leg lifts, etc., and then 15 mins in the sauna to wind-down and relax.
I reached the 60 lbs-down (since May 2011) mark today. I just want to remind everyone out there, and to remind myself, that losing weight is doable. We don't need to rely on others (trainers, workout buddies, the spouse or family) to keep us motivated and on track. Of course, they are all great when they're there, but if something were to happen and we lose that external accountability, we need to stay accountable to ourselves. We have to be determined and willing to work out even when there's bad weather, we're tired, we fell back on our old eating habits the day before and are now feeling depressed, or any other excuse our brilliant minds can effortlessly come up with. Obtaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a commitment we need to make for life. We will mess up from time to time (Life happens!)....but longterm consistency is the key! Good luck :) It's worth it!!