Let me preface this post…my sweetie didn’t edit this…grammer, punctuation and spelling are not my gifts>
I’ve already written a totally fabulous post about the pros and cons of calorie counting, but after this weekend I have something else I need to get off my chest first.
If you’re a woman, getting fit and losing weight may be the hardest thing you will ever do. Take it from someone who’s had 3 kids, been through cancer, chemo and major abdominal surgery…this is harder! I don’t say that to discourage you, or make you feel like you’re fighting a battle you can’t win. I’m saying it because if I didn’t I would be lying. Cancer is a battle I “waged and won”, getting fit and healthy is a battle I will wake up and fight every day for the rest of my life.
In my last post I referred to the “science” of weight loss when I wrote about the importance of finding your BMR. And in most the basic way, weight loss is a science. But the truth is, if weight loss could be solved by science…we would all be skinny and fit!
This weekend my 15 year old son got bullied and punched in the face by an older teenager, a gallon of milk exploded in my van, my dryer broke down last night and my husband’s car is back at the shop this morning. To top it off, I’m a raging ball of hormones right now. I don’t tell you this to make you feel sorry for me, I tell you because I want you to know that I understand how hard it is to eat right and exercise when life takes you by the hair and beats you like a step child.
As long as you’re breathing…you are going be hit by “life” every single time you think you’re in control. It’s hard for this control freak to admit she can’t control something, but even if I can’t control my life, I am able to control how I allow my emotions to affect my diet and fitness choices.
Today I’m still in a funk and I don’t feel much like exercising…so I won’t. I’ll give myself a break, but I’ll keep my calories in check no matter how much I want a cupcake! Today won’t be ideal, but I won’t go backward either. Or maybe instead I’ll go spend an extra hour at the gym so I CAN have that cupcake I’m craving.
The point I’m trying to make is this…we’re all going to have bad days or even bad weeks. We’re gonna have to give ourselves a little break now and then. But if we recognize those weak moments for what they are… if we’re able to assess the situation without allowing our emotions to make our choices for us…and if we give ourselves a little break when we need it…then we’ll all be a little more physically fit and emotionally healthy in the end.