Monday, August 06, 2012
I just realized something. Before June and the summer whirlwind hit, I was often times exceeding my goal of exercising 500 minutes/month. Since then, it has gone downhill faster than my brother's out of control box car when he was little. (Fortunately, no stitches required.)
My exercising, in the subsequent months since May, has been sporadic, if any, and the things I have chosen to eat...well, let's just say it is a very good thing I'm not getting my CHOLESTROL checked any time soon. :)
My thoughts of justification for slacking off in both areas have been:
1) Due to a bad shoulder, I couldn't do many of the upper body machines at Curves, so why bother to go
2) We had lots of company at our cottage which means special foods and drinks
3) Lots of eating out while on vacation and trips
4) Being tired when I was home, so excused myself the bad choices I made
5) Because of gaining 10 lbs. due to the prior reasoning, i talked myself out of jogging when I had the chance because I weighed too much.
Really? Are these the reasons I let myself slip out of control? After reading these excuses, I realize how absolutely pathetic they are and how badly I feel that I let myself do it!
First, just because I can't do the shoulder machines, does not mean that my core and lower body can't get the resistance training it needs.
Second, having company does not mean I have to slide back into my old habits of cooking tons of fat, calorie and carb loaded foods! Why wouldn't I want to help my guests by offering some healthier choices to them?
Now a days my third excuse doesn't hold up either. Most restaraunts and even fast food places offer many healthier choices to their customers.
Fourth, at home, I know I was just being lazy and giving into the emotional eating.
My last justification is a concern, but I let it be much more than it really should be. If I would have gone out walking or some other low impact aerobic exercise each time I thought of going jogging, I would be jogging full strength today! Often times, I think I need to get out there and push myself to the maximum I can do for it to be successful, even though I know that is not the case. All exercise and activity, no matter the degree of difficulty can be helpful!
My plan is to get back to the basics of tracking my food and exercise everyday. I have written out these excuses onto a sheet of paper and taped it to the mirror I see each morning when I get up. I have, however, added these words to the top:
THESE EXCUSES ARE WHY I AM THE WEIGHT I AM AND TODAY I'M GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!!