Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 22nd, 2014 Why Resist This?

July 22nd, 2014 Why Resist This?

The effects of my weekend schedule on yesterday seeped into today, however I resisted the urge to continue the disruption of my sleep pattern. Of course, my workday wasn't allowing a break anyway. I had every intention of getting into spinning class at 4:45pm today. As the workday kept going and going with more and more production deadlines marked "today," I knew by 4:20pm spinning wasn't happening. I finally left the studio at 4:50pm. I was tired. It was a long day. My first inclination was to hurry home and grab a nap before my 7pm weight loss support group conference call. Then, I imagined oversleeping again and immediately nixed the plan. Instead I whipped out the Starbucks card a colleague recently gifted and headed toward the caffeine.

I'm probably not using the lingo of a seasoned Starbucks pro, because I'm not, but I ordered a venti dark roast pour over with a shot of espresso and 1/4 cup of steamed skim milk. I took it home and added some stevia and POW...it had me alert in a flash.

The conference call was powerful tonight. Life Coach Gerri Helms and I have a small group that is on fire! I'm inspired by the wonderful things the group members are doing. I wrapped the call, then had to get out to finish some work duties before heading off to the YMCA for a good workout.

Here's the deal: I didn't want to workout tonight. Even after missing the spin class for the second consecutive day--still, I wasn't feeling it tonight. Perhaps the caffeine rush was over and I was starting to crash. As much as I wanted to stand down, I just couldn't rationalize not even trying. I made my way in, reluctantly and once again the power of a good workout transformed my attitude. The music was awesome, the movement felt good--the sweat and heart rate confirmed my effort, I was doing this deal. I walked away from the workout feeling incredible. Not tired--Incredible, like I had even more energy. I'm sure any second now I'll collapse, but that feeling right after a good workout is insanely powerful. I thought, why resist this?

Apparently I need to do some more grocery shopping because my selection tonight just didn't seem very appealing. I settled on what could only be described as a salad. The meal tweet is below.

Tomorrow morning is my 13 week weigh-in. I feel great about it and I can't wait to share the number on Facebook, Twitter and right here tomorrow night. This is where I must be very careful not to get too wrapped up in the number. If it isn't what I want, then I might make some adjustments, perhaps add some good calories as I suggested not too long ago. I have a feeling it will be fine. No matter the number, my job is to practice what I encourage and be okay. I'm in this for life. I'm doing what I'm doing as a way to develop lasting changes that give me the best opportunity to return to my healthiest weight and live a life where taking extraordinary care is always important. If I make taking this level of care important then I'm confident maintaining a healthy weight will be something I can do and not just something I do when everything is peachy. This is the life I choose. I pray I'll never again sacrifice that choice no matter the future circumstances.

Good food day!








Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

4 comments:

  1. Sure that's a salad! Lettuce with stuff on top - great definition.

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  2. I do not like working out at night. Yesterday for example, I overslept because I hit the snooze way too many times. Yes, maybe I was tired and my body wanted rest, but that meant running last night. I hated every single second of that run and truly it felt like junk miles that weren't really doing anything good for my body. I even posted on Facebook that I was going to remember that ugliness when I am tempted to snooze some more. Seriously, if I had to work out after work every day, I wouldn't.

    This morning when the alarm went off, I got up and headed out for a nice 5K walk. I felt better on that walk than my run last night. I will also do yoga in the park around noon today as it's a cross-training day for me. Even if something happens and I don't make it to yoga, I feel good knowing I've already done at least some exercise for the day!

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  3. Have you tried nonfat plain greek yogurt in place of your sour cream? Not sure what the calories are in the sour cream but in fage 0% yogurt there are 130 calories in an entire cup. Besides using it in place of sour cream, I mix it with fruit & sweetener for a nice lunch. You are doing great, Sean. I'm reading a book called "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg. I haven't read a lot of it but I think you are definitely working on making exercise a habit and not a chore by making yourself go every night. Eventually it just becomes part of your routine & you hardly even have to think about it to get it done! Nice job!!!
    Mary

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  4. I've no idea what it was you ordered at Starbucks but I'll have one. Surprisingly, Dunkin donuts decaf is strong and tastes amazing.

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