Normally I Would Quit

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

On Friday I went to the doctor because my left knee had started to hurt whenever I went up and downstairs. The doctor told me I have “Jumper’s Knee,” which is a fancy way of saying my thighs aren’t strong enough to handle the exercise I’ve been doing. At this point, normally I would quit…

Sunday was the Super Bowl and although I’m only a passing football fan, I never miss it. And it’s just not the Super Bowl unless you have a large selection of appetizers and pub-type food to snack on, so I made a variety of different items that would be tasty but also a little healthier. Despite my best efforts, I still went over my calorie range for the day. In the past, “blowing” a day like that would really discourage me and at that point, normally I would quit…

Yesterday it became glaringly apparent to me that my time of the month is upon me, at which point the headache (sometimes to the point of migraine) that I normally get when that happens showed up. This is usually my cue to take some ibuprofen and chase it down with a can of Coke, or maybe two, sometimes three. Then of course I would worry about all the water weight I would now begin to retain and then normally I would quit…

Tomorrow is my 3 year anniversary with my wonderful husband Marvin. We’ll be going out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, who of course does not post their nutritional info online (the really tasty ones never do for some reason), so I’ll be flying blind so to speak when it comes to the menu options. This is usually when I decide that I just don’t care, I’m going to treat myself regardless of the outcome, and then normally I would quit…

But the weight loss journey that I began at the beginning of this year isn’t exactly what I would call normal. Instead of my usual “all or nothing” approach to everything, I’ve been finding a little more balance. The Hungry D part of me that only wants to splurge and the Healthy D part of me that will only allow accept the most strict adherence to proper nutrition and exercise have stopped fighting for dominance and are instead working together to create what I like to call New D…and New D doesn’t quit.

So when the doctor gave me my diagnosis, I started researching exercises to strengthen my thighs without putting pressure on my knees, and then although I had to pass on Zumba on Saturday, I took a walk instead…because New D doesn’t quit.

On Sunday when I saw my food tracker go over my allotted range, I promptly hit the pavement for an even longer walk to work off those extra calories…because New D doesn’t quit.

When my headache hit yesterday I took ibuprofen like always, and then poured myself exactly half of a can of Coke (I swear real Coke makes the pain meds work faster), and I left it at that and went on with my day…because New D doesn’t quit.

And tomorrow at dinner I will enjoy myself, making the best choices possible, and I will enjoy the experience without guilt because food isn’t moral, it’s just food. And the next day I will go right back to my healthy habits…because New D doesn’t quit.


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    Sounds like New D is on to something...maybe I have misplaced my New K, have to find her again!
    2483 days ago
    emoticon Loving New D's attitude! This is the type of attitude that will carry you through those rough weeks, mishaps, sponatneous dinners at high calories restaurants and loved ones birthday parties emoticon You are doing a great job! Have a great time tomorrow for your anniversary dinner and emoticon by this time next year, Marvin will be celebrating his anniversary with a New sexier D emoticon emoticon
    2483 days ago
    That’s the way to do it! Half the battle is our mental attitude. It’s so easy to just give up and give in. But we’re not in this life to always take the easy road. Gotta be willing to fight once in a while for what we want. And what you’re trying to accomplish is so very worth a fight or two.

    Glad you’re finding healthy compromises and not giving up on the challenge! I know you can do this!

    2483 days ago
    New D is a motivating person to know and will do great things! emoticon
    2483 days ago

    That's my girl! This blog makes me so incredibly happy! How awesome are you?!?!?!

    Here's to finding balance and to never ever giving up!

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    2483 days ago
    emoticon That's awesome!!
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