Get Out Of My Way
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I’m tired of avoiding obstacles; I’m going to start climbing over them.
I recently got very upset with a close friend for mocking my desire to avoid restaurant foods/high sodium foods the night before a weigh-in. She wanted me to admit that it is silly to avoid something on one day just to have it on another day. First, she doesn’t really understand the concept of a team weigh-in where it does matter to my team since I don’t get a “do-over” weigh-in the next day to report a better number. Second, I was more upset by the lack of support than the stupid debate about what day I’d choose to enjoy a restaurant meal. However, after several days of stewing over this, I have to admit that I see that unpleasant nugget of truth. There is a fine line between wanting a good showing on the scale, and pre-planning for a cheat day. Was my true intention avoiding the sodium in a restaurant meal, or was it my desire to go to a restaurant and eat/drink with abandon? I am chasing a healthy lifestyle and not just a good weigh-in on a particular day.
This brings me to the thought that I’m tired of stressing about avoiding obstacles, because there is always going to be an obstacle. I can’t change how other people react to my efforts at losing weight/living a healthy lifestyle. I can’t (and don’t want to) avoid social situations because of the calories involved. I don’t want to eat a plain, grilled chicken breast every time I go out either! Where is the balance? When does it get easier? I’m a fan of having a “reward meal,” but the problem is I tend to “reward” myself to many times throughout the week. Reward meals only work when you are spot on your nutrition the rest of the week. Ugh! Could I be my biggest obstacle?
In a round-a-bout way, I guess I am answering my own questions. If I want to enjoy a treat outside my normal routine, I have to earn it by sticking to my low calorie plan the rest of the time. There are some things that are best left uneaten – even at a reward meal – so I need to be smart about my rewards (think quality not quantity). A healthy lifestyle doesn’t revolve on a weight loss challenge schedule; however, part of living a healthy lifestyle is learning to be assertive about your wants and needs. Avoiding obstacles is one way to cope, but blasting through them can be even better. Last, but not least, stop standing in my own way!!!