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Falling Off A Wagon In Slow Motion

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ok, let’s just put it out there, I’ve been slowly falling off the wagon. Sounds kind of crazy doesn’t it? It’s kind of a slow motion stunt in a movie – falling slowly off a wagon - but it can happen. Here’s how. You’ve had great results with your diet. You are eating well, just the right amount of nutrients, the fat and carbs are low. You’ve shed the weight and although you haven’t reached your ultimate goal you’re headed in that direction. You’ve been doing intentional cardio and strength training exercise on a regular schedule. You feel great, you’re looking great, all is good in your world. Then it happens, you’re out with friends and you say…hey! I’ve been doing well on this thing so far, I think it’s time for me to have a reward. I’ll have a desert today. What’s one measly desert going to hurt? And it begins. You’ve dropped your guard, just for a moment, but it went down. The next thing you know, it’s raining and cold and you say, “I’m going to lay off the exercise for today, it’s not going to kill me to miss a day every now and then.” Can you see it happening? The stunt guy is just beginning to make his fatal stumble… he’s going… he’s going… Over the next several weeks you have a series of small lapses. This doesn’t happen all at once. You eat a heavy meal here, you miss a day of exercise there. The next thing you know you’ve eaten horribly for a week, you’ve missed two weeks of exercise. Oh you make excuses “I’m getting a lot of exercise at work walking up and down stairs… and it’s a really long walk from the parking lot to my office.” Here’s another “Ok, it’s been a week of binge eating but I’ll do better next week… oh except wait a minute, there’s the company picnic… ok after that then I’ll get back on track.” Smack the stunt man just hit the dust. Boom, you’ve lost the fight… at least for this round. You’ve got to get up and get back on that wagon but it’s down the road now you’ll have to run to catch it. So how do you do it? Stay tuned, the story ends well.
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    There's only one thing to do. Jump back on that wagon, and with conviction. Things turn around faster if you have only been off for a short time. No excuses: your wagon awaits.

    Well, so it's a dump truck. Jump on anyway.

    2027 days ago
  • MCGS62
    I knew I should have waited until after lunch to read this!!!!
    how true how true
    2027 days ago
  • DISP715
    Wow, I totally could have written this blog! You are so right. It does happen in slow motion. I stopped using my Personal Trainer in December "to just get through the busy holidays" and never went back. Now, not only have I gained back ALL the weight I lost, I added inches. I started reading some of Debbie Ford's books. In "The Right Question" she talks about asking yourself EVERY time you make a choice "will this choice lead me towards or away from my goals". This helps a lot and it stops me from making excuses for bad decisions. In the book she says "Since many of our behaviors go unrecognized, not only by ourselves but also by those around us, we assume they just don't matter. But they do. No action, no matter how small or seemingly inconsequential goes unnoticed. Even if we think we're getting away with something, the universe knows the truth, and, deep down, so do we. We can go on for years fooling ourselves that we are headed in the direction of our dreams. But the state of our current affairs reflects the truth about our choices. In other words, the proof is in the pudding". This rang so truthful for me and made me think about all the "small" choices that have added up to one rather large belly. Sorry for the long post. If you get a chance to read "The Right Questions" it really is helpful. Have a great day and remember "will this choice lead me towards or away from my dreams?" Hugs!
    2027 days ago
    Seems like you've been spying on me. emoticon
    2027 days ago
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