A former boss of mine used to ALWAYS say “You gotta want it.” Sometimes he’d refer to business, sometimes he’d be referring to fitness.
When I quit CrossFit (LOL remember that time I briefly did CrossFit?), another coworker said “You gotta want it.”
“Yup, and I don’t.” I said.
If we’re being perfectly honest here, I’ve gained about 15 pounds from my lowest weight ever.
That was about five pounds less than my goal weight when I lost weight, and my face looks too gaunt for me. (Also hi, apparently I used to be a d-bag who walked around Hawaii in “It’s not fitness, it’s life” shirts.)
That lifestyle required constant sacrifice, and constant thinking about what I was eating, how much I was working out. Thinking about my health took up too much of my brainpower.
Sometimes I wonder how the hell I lost 50 pounds, or how I took an hour off my marathon. Will I ever have that kind of willpower again? Will I ever PR again? Can I ever lose weight again?
After being sooo strict with myself losing weight, then being unhappy for a number of reasons and then becoming absurdly happy, leading the fulfilling life I’ve always wanted, I lost the will to make sacrifices and started making a gazillion excuses.
Kath had an amazing post up the other day about how to gain and lose five pounds. Last weekend, while watching a friend log her glasses of wine in her Weight Watchers app, I decided I was ready again to make the sacrifices that will make me happier, and I’ve set some guidelines for myself.
Go out less. And when you do, no more than two glasses of wine on a weeknight, three on a weekend, alternating with water.
No more fried food. Not that I eat it that much, but no more.
More vegetables on your plate than carbsss and no more white carbs.
Think about the office celebrations that are worth it. Cupcakes with an explosion of cake batter? HELL YES, but only have half.
Don’t say yes to food you don’t really want just to be polite. Those calories still count.
Missed workouts only put you farther back mentally and physically.
Sometimes it’s frustrating to look at the women that don’t watch what they eat and still stay small. Well, that’s not me. If I want to stay at a healthy, happy weight, I need to watch what I eat for the rest of my life.
I’m back in that weight loss mentality, with a massive test in my face immediately: my best friend is getting married tomorrow! The rehearsal dinner is tonight, and the wedding (duh) is tomorrow. I could say I’ll wait until Sunday to start making the right decisions, but I’m not going to let this wedding derail healthy habits. Less wine, make better food choices. I don’t have to eat all of the hors d’ouerves (unless they’re really good…jk.) Pick the food that’s most important to me, don’t graze just because there’s lots of food in the bridal suite.
I’ve got this.
What changes do you make when you start prioritizing your health again?