Friday, July 19, 2013
Well, it's been a terrible month for me, health and fitness wise. The combination of stifling heat and humidity plus having my children home from school has completely thrown my schedule off. Add to that the fact that my oven decided to conk out, and I've got a whole lot of excuses for why I haven't been doing well lately when it comes to weight loss.
But that's just it. These are excuses. They're things I can use to justify my lack of commitment and motivation lately. But my favourite saying has always been "if you really want something you will find a way. If you don't really want it, you will find an excuse." Right now the excuses have been winning the battles, and I need to rectify that!
So, I'm going to lay out my excuses and try to come up with some things I can do to overcome them.
1. The kids are home from school, which makes keeping to a fitness schedule trickier.
Yes, that's true, but it should not derail me entirely. There are things I can do with them (go for a walk in the forest preserve, play tennis, go for a bike ride, go climb something at the park), and despite their whining and complaining about being the oldest kids in the child care room at the gym, I can force them to go anyway.
2. It's hot.
This is a really hard one for me. I hate heat. Anything over 74 degrees and I'm drenched with sweat, so the idea of working out in these conditions sounds especially awful to me. But I can go early in the morning (it doesn't really ever get cool, but if I get it out of the way early, it's better). I could go swimming. Or I could just force myself to get it done.
3. Money is really terrible for us right now. I really shouldn't even be paying for a gym membership, and I definitely can't afford my personal trainer.
I have enough knowledge of fitness that I could easily get a decent workout at home on my own. While I love the community of the gym, and the personal motivation and encouragement of my trainer, I don't *need* it to be successful".
4. I don't have an oven right now. Eating out is so much easier than trying to figure out what I can make for dinner that doesn't require cooking.
Fruits, vegetables, raw foods. This is an opportunity to clean up my eating.
5. I'm feeling super emotionally stressed right now. Food has always been my go-to soothing mechanism.
I am doing the best I can here to avoid mindless emotional eating. Some days are better than others. I'm really proud of my progress in this area, but I'm certainly not perfect, and old habits die hard. I'd love some advice here on what others have done to keep themselves from slipping back into old bad habits.