Thursday, June 06, 2013
I'm sure a lot of us fall into the trap of, "I'm too busy to _____" insert everything you SHOULD be doing to stay healthy in the blank... and there ya go. I know that's how I ended up where I am. "I'm too busy to cook a real meal, I'll get some takeout." "I'm too busy to cook food from scratch, I'll get frozen stuff." "I'm too busy to walk to class, I'll drive to north campus instead of walk the 1/2 mile." "I'm too busy to work out, have better things to do." "I'm too busy to sleep regularly, I'll just have caffeinated soda instead." I can think of dozens more and I know I do it, and I'm pretty sure almost EVERYBODY I've ever met trying to lose weight fell into the same trap.
The truth is, it doesn't take much -- or any -- extra time usually to make the right choice. That 1/2 mile trip to class that I skipped ALL the time? Let's say I took it slow and it took me 15 minutes to walk to class. By the time I walked to my car, drove the couple mins to north campus, then found an empty parking space, it was usually around 12 minutes, and then 3 mins to walk from there to class. It took the SAME amount of time, cost gas money, and more than once ended in a parking ticket for being parked somewhere I wasn't supposed to be.
Cooking dinner takes 30 mins on average (sometimes more, sometimes less, depends on what we're having!). How long does it take to get takeout? 5 mins to get out the door (shoes, keys, whatever), 5 mins to drive to wherever, 5 mins to go through the drive-thru, 5 mins to drive back, 2-3 mins to "settle down" to eat. That's about 25 mins--just about the same amount of time as it takes to cook!
ANYWAY. My point is, I've made these 'easy' choices a LOT. And I know I continue to make several of them. I'm getting MUCH better about it, but I still have a lot of room for growth. This weekend, bf's daughter is coming to visit and already I am finding myself going, "I don't have time to go to the gym, I have to ____." While it is true that I don't think I can get the carpets cleaned today AND go to the gym for a strength circuit... I CAN do some exercise at home.
So, this weekend's the beginning of a test. It's a test of priorities & choices. This time, I'm going to make the GOOD choices, not the "easy" choices. I might need to break out my minute math to convince myself, but I'm determined to be a good example for bf's daughter. She has poor body image already, is gaining weight due to bad choices by her mom. This Christmas, I showed her that healthy things can be tasty--showing her calorie counts for several meals. Sure, she makes fun of me for being a fattie, but I think it's insecurity on her part more than anything. I'm wondering if my 45 pounds lost since she last saw me will be noticed. I hope so :) If not, I hope it can be used as a learning opportunity, "See? It takes a lot of time & effort to reverse those poor choices." We'll see!
At least this time she can't make loud proclamations in public about me being too fat to ride the rides! Score one for my self-esteem!