Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Success Is Worth The Sacrifice

 It was great to get back in the gym today.  The picture on the left is my heart rate, which normally I don't let get that high but it felt great so I just went with it.

I decided to do cardio today until I burned 500 calories.  Sometimes I'll do that if I have a little more time.

Then I worked chest and abs:  chest press, cable chest press, dumbbell chest flies, Britney Spears abs workout .  Followed by stretching.

 Today was an emotional day between taking care of closing out a business and all of the decisions and work it entails as well as other personal stuff too.  I still struggle with emotional eating, after all I would eat only healthy food all of the time if it were not an issue.  Tonight my emotions got the best of me and self control was low.  It was not a binge though, I don't do that.  I had some of the kid's candy, some Frito's, and some sierra mist.  The positive in all of this...yes there is a positive, is I didn't finish eating the candy I opened, nor the Frito's, nor the sierra mist.  I gained control.  I forgave myself.  Now I'm back on track even stronger than before.

When I began this post I wasn't going to mention the snacking, but as I typed I felt the need for transparency in the hopes this post will help others.  I think most people fail with weight loss because they fail to do what Dr. Oz calls a U turn (at the next available moment get back on track).  If left unchecked hours can turn into days and days into weeks, then you look around, weight has been regained and feelings of  self defeat surface.  It becomes even more difficult to start again.

This journey is such a learning process, not so much learning about weight loss, but learning about myself.  I will be successful or not based on my choices.  I can choose success or failure.  After experiencing some success, although I have so far to go, I can testify to this fact.  SUCCESS IS SO WORTH THE SACRIFICE TO GET THERE. 

I feel so blessed to have such great blog friends who send me positive, encouraging comments everyday and correcting comments as well.  Some very encouraging ones made my day today!  Thanks so much.  Hopefully I'm an encourager to you as well.  :)

I started this post to talk about working out today...man did it turn into something else. 

I'm back on track and ready for tomorrow.  Hope everyone has a great Wednesday.

Take care,

    8 comments:

    1. Great post Cat, I can relate. Success is worth the sacrifice, amen to that!!!

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    3. You DO encourage me!

      U turns are so important, because let's be honest, we're ALL going to make a wrong choice every now and then. Heading back in the right direction is what is crucial. You should be VERY proud of yourself!

      This passage came to mind as I was typing this: 1 Corinthians 10:12-14(NLT)"If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. So, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols."

      You were tempted, and although you gave in initially, God provided a way of escape (the ability to put the food down...it no longer has control over you!), and you fled the worship of the idol. I see it as a MAJOR victory!!!

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    4. It happens to the best of us. I like the U turn thought. We have lots of bad habits that can rear their ugly head no matter how long they've been gone. You got back on track and that's what counts. Great workout too! Hugs to you from me! Enjoy the rest of the day!

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    5. Cat, that doesn't sound like too bad of a cheat. Like you said you realized what you were doing and then stopped. In the past we would have said,"Oh well, I've screwed up might as well forget this diet and enjoy myself". You didn't do that! That is progress!!

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    6. I agree with the U turn idea - I do think that's why so many people fail at their dieting attempts. It's the U turns that make this into a lifestyle instead of a temporary thing. Way to go with the 500 cals!

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    7. I love that you were honest about your snacking AND the fact that you forgave yourself for it. That has truly been the key to my success this time around. If I beat myself up for every "off" day, I would never get back on track. It would just spiral out of control. Tomorrow is a new day :)

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