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Not dieting.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I started to get really down on myself this morning. On Wednesdays, I’m up at 5am, and at the gym for strenuous weightlifting and intense cardio at 6am; and I don’t get home until around 7:30 or 8 in the evening. When I got home last night I just didn’t have it in me to even warm something up. So I ordered a pizza. According to my Food Tracker I blew 1,368 calories on that meal alone. For as hard as I’ve been working that’s a lot to go throwing away on one meal.

Plus today is my “rest” day, when I give my muscles a chance to recover. I got up and did some light stretching instead.

Naturally I started beating myself up for doing something so stupid. Then I reminded myself that I’m not on a “diet”. I’m trying to change my entire life here; the way I eat, the way I work out, the way I spend my time, even the way I view myself and my life.

The truth is, at some point in the future, I’m going to eat pizza, I’m going to have ice cream, I’m going to have slack off days when I don’t work out. It’s a part of life and it will happen. So I need to come to terms with that and remember that while I blew nearly 1400 calories on that one meal, I’ve been spot on with the other 16 meals (including snacks) I ate this week. And while I wasn’t at the gym this morning I was on my bike, for my daily commute to work.
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    You probably know this already, but I think you are being so unfair to yourself. Just brush it off. Let me see, this Friday I ate McDonald's for lunch and then drank copious amounts of liquor at a party. Saturday we had pizza for dinner. I'm on vacation and it's been hard to stay focused because my routine is off. The only thing I said I would do is exercise and that I've done. I just don't worry about it because I've been down that road and the only place it's ever led to is quitting. The fact that you bike to work puts you so ahead of the game already. You are doing great. Keep it up.
    1914 days ago
    You are right... it is changing your lifestyle and yes, every once in a while you will order that pizza and eat it. It is the other 90% of the time that will make the difference.
    1917 days ago
    Good call on not beating yourself up. One pizza isn't going to ruin you for life -- it's the daily pizza that is a problem. I've had the same experience where I feel like I've worked my butt off only to ruin it with a problematic meal. But look at it this way -- think about how you'd feel had you not gone and exercised like crazy on Wednesday.

    Hang in there -- I'm sure next time you are feeling tired and not in the mood to make anything, you'll remember exactly how many calories a pizza meal ends up being, and that alone might motivate you to make another choice.
    1918 days ago
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