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week 30

September 7, 2010

Recently Les and I were able to have lunch with a couple of friends from out-of-town. They are a couple of my all time favorite people! When I saw them and we hugged necks all around, Jan said it looked like I was still working out and asked if I still was. I said yes and asked why she thought I had stopped. She said that I hadn’t blogged about it in a while and figured I’d quit.

Oh, contraire! I quit blogging about it because I figured people were probably tired of hearing me go on and on about it!

I’m in week 30 (not counting the 3 weeks we were away, but I still worked out and ate right – mostly!)

There’s good news and bad news. The good is that I still love working out! I love knowing it’s scheduled and on my calendar and will happen. I love going and working really hard and feeling like I’m going to keel over or throw up because I’m working so hard. I love it because I know myself, and I would never ever EVER work myself that hard! I don’t like feeling that way at the time, but I know I’m working hard and that, I love! I love the way I feel when I’m done! Energized yet exhausted. Not sure how that happens, but it’s one of the best feelings on earth. I love the peace that working out brings to my heart – the fear of growing fatter over time is diminished because I’m burning calories while increasing muscle which increases my metabolism.

I still appreciate that Fitness Together is private. I don’t have to deal with a crowded room full of voluptuous, sexy bodies and feel old and worn and unattractive and out of shape and out of date and basically a ‘has been’ who oughta just go home and be fat and make room for the pretty bodies. Does anyone else ever feel that way when going to a big gym? Isn’t that pathetic?! LOL Okay, maybe not to that extreme, but I still feel uncomfortable at a gym.

I still appreciate the fact that my trainers are tuned in, to me, not the television and not staring off into space in utter boredom. It’s a very physical job they have keeping me working out and stretching and pressing me to go further than the time before. I’m grateful every time I go that they do such an excellent job helping me become stronger and healthier.

So, I know, you’re wondering, what’s the bad news then? How can there be any bad news?

The bad news is that I’m still me! Let me explain.

I’ve hit a wee slump where I’m tired of writing things down, tired of watching and calculating. It’s really not even hard, it’s just that I prefer to eat what I want when I want to, without restraint. So, the bad news is this: I still have to fight my natural (carnal) desires to have it my way. I want to be slim and strong but still be able to eat whatever I want in any portion I want it. It gets tiring to always have to tell myself ‘no.’ (read this with a whine:  waaaaaa, poor meeeeeeeee!)

So, it’s time to shake this off and remind myself that I feel better than I’ve felt in a decade, actually ever in my whole life, and the reason: working hard and making wise choices. It’s time to get back to the basics and plan ahead. Stock up on healthy groceries, check out the menu on-line and make my choice before going to a restaurant, knowing I’ll need to split the entree with someone or put half in a to-go box before I start eating. I need to remind myself to drink enough water during the day and to keep healthy snacks in my purse so I don’t make poor choices when I’m super hungry. (Actually, I should never get to the point of being that hungry, that’s why I have snacks with me. I’ve gotta keep that metabolism burning!)

Back to the basics. It isn’t rocket science, it’s just common every day wisdom. It’s the little things that can make a big difference. Little choices every day. Little steps get us where we are going. No magic pill. No magic exercise machine. Just good old common sense, consistency and persistence.

So, week 30 finds me strong, healthy, not infatuated, and renewing my resolve to keep at it and do my best because my life is a good thing to invest in. My husband, my children and future grandchildren will be so thankful that I did!

Here’s to week 30! Hoorah!

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