Understanding Our Strengths and Weaknesses
I'm not real happy with myself today. I'm not saying I'm not happy overall, I mean come on, I'd need my head examined if I wasn't completely thrilled to have lost 189 pounds so far. But today, well, today is another story. It wasn't the food. My calorie budget is rock solid, no complaints. But my exercise today did not exist. And it's not like this is the first time. Did I have the time? Of course. Even on days when “I don't have time,” I usually make the time, even at the cost of sleep. And it may sound like I'm being hard on myself, but really...I'm able to do more now than I've ever been able to do, it doesn't make sense to do less. I should be doing more. I've got to remember what I want. The body I want is going to take some serious work, and serious work requires serious commitment and consistency. Today was an “off day.” Not a horrible thing really, unless it leads to more “off days” more often. Sometimes it may sound like I'm too hard on myself, but I know how these patterns can develop. I know that a pattern of inconsistency starts with “I just don't feel like it today.” It's crazy because the feeling I get when I'm working out is incredible. The wonderful feeling of accomplishment after a hard workout is a tremendous boost. But still I sit here without one ounce of workout accomplished today. As much as we've accomplished as a family (nearly 460 pounds lost total between my wife, two daughters, and me) our weakest point is often in the area of exercise. Our strongest suit is portion control and complete control over our eating habits. We mustn't get inconsistent in the exercise department. We've come too far to start lagging now. This is when we must turn it up and do what we could only dream of doing a short time ago. No excuses. We're turning it up. Just not today.
We enjoyed some delicious grilled chicken sandwiches for dinner tonight—each about 300 calories depending on how we dressed the bun---I enjoyed a teaspoon of miracle whip on mine. We loaded them with veggies and on the side--some baked seasoned fries that came in at 150 calories per serving. It was a satisfying meal, completely delicious!
There are so many more topics I wanted to talk about tonight. I'll save them for later in the week. Thank you for reading. Goodnight and...