Yes you can do it!

by Christine on July 27th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, General Information

This morning I was making the first of three rounds of catching up with my blogs. I have the blogs I follow separated into three categories, and I do my best to hit the first group in the morning, the second around noonish, and the third in the afternoon. I seems that a lot of my bloggy-friends are having issues today finding the motivation to continue on with healthy eating, exercise, and staying committed to the promises they made themselves. I think this is due, in large part, to a hectic summer schedule, weeks of hauling children around, vacation schedules, and so forth. If you find yourself as part of this group, here is what I want to say to you:

YOU CAN DO IT, AND YOU CAN DO IT NOW. Don’t give up. Please don’t say, “I just have to get through this week, and then I’ll be back on track with the diet.” Please don’t excuse your behavior and say, “Well, I can eat like crap because I’m on vacation and I deserve it.”  Please don’t say, “I have been too busy to exercise. Once the kids go back to school, I’ll get back to the gym.”  All of these phrases are self-defeating and are the things that people who are not committed to their own health and well-being might say.  These are things that people say who think everyone else in the world is more important than themselves.

You are probably a very good person. Caring. Generous to a fault. The type of person that can’t say “no” to bake sales and PTA appointments. The type of person that stays late at work because the boss asked you to. You’re probably the type of person that is constantly tired, increasingly irritable, and tries to live a life of “convenience foods” in order to accommodate your busy schedule.  You’re probably the type of person that puts everyone’s needs before your own.

I have heard each one of you say, not so long ago, “I am important. I am worth it. I am fully committed to lose this weight and keep it off.”  And yet, lately, you are letting go of this resolve. You are letting life interfere with the goals you set for yourself.

Don’t fall into this mid-summer trap. Don’t let your busy life swallow you up. I promise, you will find yourself standing knee-deep in regret come September, re-affirming the goals you set at the beginning of the year and wondering how on earth those 10 pounds crept back on.  Don’t let this happen to you!

I want to say this to you: You’re important. You’re worth it. The world will not fall apart if you say “no” to one activity today, in order to allow you time to go to the gym.  The children will not burst into flames if you say “no” to that special pizza party and instead decide to cook a healthy meal at home.  You can do this, because you are worth it.

Besides, there are plenty of ways to fit in happy summer memories without compromising your individual goals.  Your goals are probably to enjoy the living crap out of summer, and to spend quality time with your family.  You can do all of this by taking a bike ride with the family. By hiking in the woods. By renting canoes and going for a ride. By playing frisbee with the kids. By packing a healthy lunch and going for a picnic in a park filled with flowers.

If there’s not time to be active and cook healthfully, then start saying “no” to activities that are preventing you from being healthy.

You can do this, and you can do it now. Please stay focused and please stay committed. Because you’re worth it.

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In other news….

Yesterday was an infuriating day for me at lunch. I ran out of soup here at work, so I decided to run down to the little store on the corner to get a side salad with a scoop of tuna fish. It’s a take-out joint, but I ended up waiting well over an hour for my salad! I would have left, except that I had already paid for the salad.   I finally said something to someone, and they were extremely apologetic and offered me a $6 credit to a lunch in the future. I’m not sure I want to go back. I know they were just busy (the staff was working so hard!) but the experience has left a terrible taste in my mouth. When I took the salad back to work, to eat at my desk, I only ate about half. I had lost my appetite!

For dinner I was craving a hamburger. It had been ages! I defrosted some ground beef and made homemade patties. I weighed each…pre-cooking they were 4.5 ounces each. I ate one. My husband was supposed to have only one, then put the rest away for leftovers in the week, but he ended up eating all three extras! I added some corn on the cob (I ate 1/4 of it) and a little scoop of homemade guacamole. Delicious!

After dinner we took a short walk (with my cat trotting at our heels the whole way). Then we sat outside to read our books outside for a bit. around 9 p.m. we headed to the gym for a workout. I still don’t feel well, so I took it easy on the stair-stepper. Then I had us do some crab-crawls, and downward-dog-leg-lifts, followed by 200 situps.

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  • Allan

    I miss being the guy that finishes what my wife wont eat…

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      I love that my husband does that…BUT….I like his health more, so if he didn’t want to finish what I don’t eat, that’s okay with me!

  • Allan

    I miss being the guy that finishes what my wife wont eat…

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      I love that my husband does that…BUT….I like his health more, so if he didn’t want to finish what I don’t eat, that’s okay with me!

  • http://tracitreasures.blogspot.com/ Traci

    AMEN!!! The constant excuses and whining drive me nuts. I know I can do this and I chose to do it now and not wait for the next challenge to start. I don’t want to get further behind. I want to make this change for me NOW.

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      YAY! You CAN do it Traci! I believe in you!

  • http://tracitreasures.blogspot.com/ Traci

    AMEN!!! The constant excuses and whining drive me nuts. I know I can do this and I chose to do it now and not wait for the next challenge to start. I don’t want to get further behind. I want to make this change for me NOW.

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      YAY! You CAN do it Traci! I believe in you!

  • http://lookingforfeet.blogspot.com Maggie @ Looking For My Feet

    Have I told you lately how much you rock? Well, you do!

    200 sit ups? In one go? YIKES! You’re inspiring!

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      Yeah we’re getting better with the situps. I need to push myself to do more each time I do them. I tend to get complacent and just do the same amount as the previous time!

  • http://lookingforfeet.blogspot.com Maggie @ Looking For My Feet

    Have I told you lately how much you rock? Well, you do!

    200 sit ups? In one go? YIKES! You’re inspiring!

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      Yeah we’re getting better with the situps. I need to push myself to do more each time I do them. I tend to get complacent and just do the same amount as the previous time!

  • http://twitter.com/stefijane Steph C

    thanks for your comment, brit peak made me laugh, fairy cakes are small buns (imagine muffins but smaller) i made butterfly cakes http://www.itv.com/Lifestyle/Food/ThisMorning/Recipes/AlmondButterflyCakes/default.html. buzzcocks refers to a tv panel show http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_Mind_the_Buzzcocks

    hope that helps