A simple equation - I understand it. So why don't I DO it?
Monday, June 17, 2013
I had an "a ha" moment this morning. I was answering my spark emails. I noticed what I always see, but don't even notice very often. Others on this weight loss journey. Many others. Sometimes posting success stories, but mostly posting they are stuck and looking for help.
Funny thing is, there's a reason I answer so many of these ones. I get it. I know what's wrong. I know what might help. I realize everyone is different, but there is one common thread through it all. Calories in - Calories out. Move more, eat healthier (not necessarily less). Needing a reasonable calorie deficit over time. Making yourself and exercise a priority, and not making excuses to avoid it. Making healthy nutritional choices - fuel not padding. Drinking enough water.
There it all is. In black and white. I KNOW this formula works. It does not work overnight, but it does work.
So why have I been stuck for so long?
Calories in - Calories out - only works when you are 100% honest and measure accurately.
Move More Eat Healthier - stop the mindset that I can eat that "junk" just this once. It won't hurt that much...
Making yourself and exercise a priority - stop the belief that I did so well yesterday that I can slack off today. Or finding excuses (rain, coughing, etc) to just not do it.
Drink Enough Water - and NO, COFFEE is not WATER!
For some reason, I keep letting these little thoughts win out. Not all at once. One at a time. A little compromise here. Another there. Suddenly I realize I'm still stuck here and for some silly reason I can't figure out why.
I need to remove my blinders. I don't want to face the reality, but it's time.
I AM STANDING IN MY OWN WAY. Every little decision I am making. Every tiny compromise. It's all leading me to where I am now.
This morning I was thinking of this, and already had the perfect excuse to take it easy today. I am training for a half marathon this fall. I am honestly scared if I push too hard too fast I'll hurt myself. So instead of finding a way to work through this fear, my immediate answer was "stop focusing on weight loss. Simply focus on training. Do everything for my training to be injury free. Train every second day ONLY." In my mind, that means exercising only every second day.
Yes, reaching my training goal is important. But I did it before exercising EVERY DAY. Running 6 days a week. Taking one day off from exercise. Fueling my body, not padding it.
So why can't I do that again?