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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.
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    I think you're doing awesome to write all this down and finding ways to make it better. You didn't even hint at quitting so you've got most of the hard work out of the way. And your friend HAT_WRIGHT had some great ideas that should be helpful. Let me know if I can help you also. Keep pushing forward and I know you'll make the change you want.
    1036 days ago
    Hang in there! The heat has been horrible and definitely impacts when and how I get exercise (or don't - I've been guilty of slacking as well).

    It's important to acknowledge what has been holding you back. I also find writing it down and looking at it from another angle is helpful.

    Eating out kills us financially. If we don't plan and cook ahead we end up eating out just due to our crazy schedules. Which means we end up eating more calories than we need and it's a slippery slope from there.

    We hate cooking in the summer. I find it helpful to have some pre-made salads or precut veggies in the fridge where we can just add a protein or dip in salsa or hummus very helpful. I love doing breakfast for dinner but my husband is not a fan. If I would live alone I would eat omelets and frittatas for dinner everyday.

    Not sure if that was helpful but I've been there and I've let things slide many times. The key things to remember is to not beat yourself up, acknowledge the problem, look for a solution, try something new, get back up, dust yourself off and do what you know you need to do.


    1765 days ago
    Hang in there! The heat has been sucking all of my energy too. I agree planning your meals ahead of time saves money and time. Does your grocery store have a salad bar? It's more expensive, but if you get some veggies already chopped and ready to eat, it saves a lot of time. Also if you have picky eaters, they can pick out what they like.
    1768 days ago
    I totally slipped the end of June and beginning of July. I finally admitted it today. I hate posting a weight gain, but I needed to acknowledge it and move on. There were a few things that kind of bumped up my motivation level. I did a 5k this past Sunday, it was a fun run, so it was not timed. It was very fun to get out there with a lot of people of all fitness levels. I also signed myself up for a triathlon, but it's one that you have 6 weeks to complete. I did my 2.5 miles of swimming this week already. I love to swim and with the heat this past week, it was the perfect time to do it. I'm also signed up for 2 more 5ks at the end of the summer... yikes! I'm not looking to run them ... but looking to continually improve my time.

    I think you're a great inspiration and I think what you're doing by acknowledging the rough spots is half the battle.

    1768 days ago
    Hey Lady--This summer has derailed me a bit to. But the point that we need to remember is that we are aware of it, and trying to make changes. I changed my goals, and have new ones each week, this week it's 125oz of water a day, and 30 minutes of exercise. I have been getting up early, and get my walking done 9, so that it is done and out of the way. Yesterday we walked to the pool, it took us 15 minutes. Yes it was hot, but we were walking to the pool, where we would be cooling off=)

    Money/eating out----this is an obvious combo, eat out less, more money Ta Da!!! Do you have a crockpot? I have a ton of recipes, and it's great cause you start it in the morning when you are motivated, then that night when you are tired and exhausted from the heat, it's already done.

    Also with money, plan your meals for the next week on Friday, then shop for it. Stick it on the fridge, and you know each day what you are having. Thus only needing to shop once=) Saving money yet again from impulse buys.

    Gym/ Trainer--lose the trainer, keep the gym. I know this is great motivator for you since we have been buddies for a while. Plus it allows you to get some me time, which is hard in the summer. If September if money is still an issue, then cancel the gym. the kids will be back in school by then so it will be easier to exercise.

    Money/Back to school----I am only writing this since i am doing it this week. I go through the kids's entire wardrobes in a week. Checking what fits, is stained, holes, etc. then I make a list of what they need. I try to do 8 pairs of pants per kid, plus12 tops, sock and underwear. If I only have 4 pairs of jeans, then I put 4 more to buy, and I shop an GoodWill and Salvation Army for 2, and 2 are brand new. They out grow them so fast I don't see the point in getting all new, but everyone needs a few new things=)

    I have tons more ideas on saving money, but I think I have gone on too long.

    I do think however, if you get some of the stress outta the way, the emotional eating will be less.

    Let me know if I can help anymore.


    1769 days ago
    WELL DONE!! I am always having to battle those "voices in my head" that are so good at giving me excuses to treat myself badly. So happy for you!!
    1769 days ago
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