“10 minutes until cupcakes!” was the call from my boss’ office this morning, as the clocked ticked down to morning tea. My mouth salivated in anticipation while my thoughts rushed to “No no no…you had such a great workout this morning…don’t undo your hard work!”
Isn’t this just an all-too-familiar situation? My (non-intentional) saboteurs come in the loveliest forms – well-meaning colleagues, smiling students, caring friends and family. They come bearing delicious treats and goodies, the likes of which feel often impossible to turn down – particularly when they’re of thanks or appreciation. Can you imagine? “No I don’t want this beautiful cake you baked especially for me…can’t you see I’m exactly 12 pounds overweight?? Take it away!”
Of course, I’m so lucky to have such amazing people in my life, who take pleasure in creating edible gifts to share.
But the time has definitely come to put my foot down and to take some ownership over my health. It is not anyone’s fault but my own that my weight has been yo-yo’ing consistently for the course of my adult life. I have yet to find myself being force-fed by anyone but myself, and the distance between my hand (or fork!) and my mouth is governed only by me.
The great news is that I know I am capable of being fit and healthy – though I may often look to other excuses for an expanding waist: “I have a sluggish thyroid!” “I’m gluten intolerant” “All women in my family are curvy!” “I don’t digest food well” “I have chronic fatigue so I can’t exercise” And so on.
And while all of these excuses may have some merit, buying into them doesn’t result in a healthier body or spirit – and they are simply what they are: excuses.
Thankfully, in 2012 I was nearly at my ideal weight (though not toned – I had neglected to pick up a single dumbbell…woops!) so know that I can get back to this weight and be in an even-better shape if I put in the hard yards and make deliberate choices that promote lifelong health.
Ultimately, my interest is overall health and wellbeing, with the goal in mind of being fit both physically and mentally. I am mindful that a goal of “losing weight” or “getting toned” is maybe great but also fleeting. Instead, I am focussing my efforts on general health, with the hopeful by-products of losing weight and seeing positive changes in my body.
This morning I already made headway by dragging myself (almost literally!) out of bed for a morning gym session. Since this was my first day back, I didn’t push myself to exhaustion but began to ease myself back with some moderate cardio and weight lifting for an overall total of 35 minutes. So far I’ve also been making “clean” eating choices, though I was again tested this afternoon when multiple party platters of food arrived in the office, leftover from a meeting. I ended up limiting myself to a couple small pieces of fruit and 2 quarters (wee triangles) of a vegetarian sandwich to go with the small portion of soup that I knew would never fill me up (note to self – go grocery shopping tonight!). Sadly, no veggies on offer!
Anyway, I am looking forward to getting myself back to a state of health and being deliberate, rather than emotional, with my food choices.
B: Homemade Green Monster Smoothie (spinach, banana, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, Super Greens powder, almond milk, homemade almond butter)
S: Small Soy Latte
L: Butternut Squash/Sage/Mascarpone Soup; ½ vegetarian sandwich on whole wheat bread; fruit salad (melons, pineapple, dates)
D: Quinoa & Mixed Veggie Salad w/ homemade balsamic vinaigrette
2.5L (possibly more - lots of sipping from the fountain at the gym!)
10 minutes Rowing Machine (warm up)
25 minutes weights (squats, medicine ball upper press, crunches, seated row, triceps push downs, free weights – arms)
Hrm - lots to feel grateful for today! I am thankful for my encouraging husband who cheered me on as I left to go to the gym at 7am. I am also feeling grateful for a great workplace with supportive colleagues and a wonderful boss.
Edited by: TINYTAPA at: 4/15/2014 (03:25)
| current weight: 125.0