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Two Choices

Saturday, February 02, 2013

What will I choose?

That’s really what it boils down to for me. Excuses, rationalizing, whining to myself…sure, I continue doing it, I haven’t broken that habit completely, but I have gotten to the point of eventually getting sick of listening to myself. I eventually shut myself up by giving myself a choice. Do I sit, whine, and give up, which in turn means – go back to bad habits, being a big, unhealthy, and unhappy person? OR do I suck it up, keep pushing through (as hard as it is and as discouraged as I get sometimes), and know that the results will eventually come. I always choose option two. I have finally learned that this really is a choice, a choice I make with my MIND. As hard a choice as it can be sometimes, it still just boils down to a choice…, after another choice, after another choice. Yep, they add up.

So, I’m down .8 this week. I’m glad the scale has moved, but I do get discouraged that I haven’t seen the nice losses that I used to see. I attribute this to the fact that it’s the dead of winter here in Massachusetts, and I HATE the cold, so I’m not getting in my runs as frequently. Additionally, because of the aforementioned AND the fact that I am getting closer to my goal weight, the calorie deficit is not as large, nor CAN it be as I get closer to my goal if I want to stay healthy and happy – and boy do I get grumpy when I’m hungry. So, I’m making the choice today to be satisfied that I have had a loss. I’ll make a choice later on to get out for a run in this icky cold weather. I’ll make another choice to order a light dinner when we go out for dinner tonight.

I make my choice again and again. I do not want to go back to where I was. I am choosing the path to success. It isn’t easy. Those excuses and the rationalizing and the whining…oooh, they’re powerful. But once you get real with yourself and make that honest choice for yourself, in a way, it is easy, almost liberating. Choice one will lead you to path A. Choice two will lead you to path B. Simplistic? Perhaps. But it works for me.
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    Great attitude! ...and SO TRUE!!! I've learned that overtime our small choices really do add up!!! (GOOD & BAD!!!!!)

    I am in the same boat with you and know we can do it! Sometimes I want to whine, but really what good will that do? :)
    1839 days ago
    You are so right. The greatest gift God gave man is free will. Everything we do is a choice. Even though the choices are hard it come down to one point is it worth it. Is making those bad "easy" choices worth what you feel about them later. Or is the "hard" choice that makes you feel great later worth it! Easy and hard is relative. How easy its it to hate the way you look and feel. How easy is it to not want to be seen or not want to be in pictures. Answer is it is unbelievably hard. Yet soooo many people say I can't do what you did it's so hard and they live in misery. I am so proud of you that you have broke that cycle. You get it and although it is a battle you see that it is a choice. You are seeing you have the power to choose your life! that is so awesome I am so proud of you and inspired by you!!!!!
    1842 days ago
    Great blog! Keep going, you can do it! I love the way you think!!!!
    1843 days ago
  • RUDITUDI2000
    Very true. I needed to be encouraged today & this did it for me...enough to get me to follow my plans to lunch & beyond. Thanks! Cheers to you for making good choices! emoticon
    1843 days ago
    You look fantastic in your profile pic.
    Those voices inside the head. It is so good to be aware that the old voice is still there but the new voice wins out. Keep up the good work, and just think of your body as a very fine piece of artwork that you are just chiseling away the small parts to make the masterpiece. It might take another year to get the total sculpture finished, but it is going to be so worth it! emoticon
    1844 days ago
  • BEWELL48
    Thank you! Needed your inspiration today! I will chose that path to success as well! Tired of living a life that is missing the full joy that I know is there!
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    1844 days ago
    Excellent blog post! It IS all about choices, one after another. So many need to learn that making one bad choice does not NEED to lead to another bad choice. Each new decision is an opportunity to do what is right and when you make enough of the right choices, things start moving for you! Not too simplistic, you've made it easy to understand :)
    1845 days ago
    Great choices.... On the "path to success"! Anni from MA
    1845 days ago
    Thats exactly what this journey is-- one healthy choice at a time. I am also looking forward to warmer weather because i truly miss my outside cardio!!!
    1845 days ago
    Choices = consequences. Both positive and negative. Best of luck with your future choices.
    1845 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    Simplistic? Not at all. What I didn't understand when I started was that it's all a head game. If one can get past the negative self talk, the convincing oneself to stay sedentary, the rationalization for poor eating habits, the body wants to follow. It will actively SEEK you to push it to new limits, but we have to strangely enough, outsmart ourselves.
    1845 days ago
  • _BABE_
    I like your attitude..thanks for adding me as a friend. emoticon
    1845 days ago
    I understand your feelings. I lost .4 pounds this week and see it as a failure rather than an accomplishment. I need to quit whining and do something about it.
    1845 days ago
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