Make or Break
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Right now I'm going through that difficult (re)starting period where the scale isn't moving because my body is still adjusting to all of the extra exercise I've been taking on. I call this the "make or break" period because it is when most people become discouraged and quit. After two weeks of careful eating and cardio every day without a budge on the old scale, it would be so easy to believe that this is just too difficult. I went through this when I first started losing weight and now that I've been maintaining my weight loss for two years, it's almost like a new beginning.
I see this as a test. How bad do I really want this? And why? This train of thought leads me think of my good SparkFriend, Mr. MURPHOMATIC a.k.a. Sean. In his blog, he recently made a list of the reasons why he has decided to get into shape. This may seem like an obvious question with obvious answers, but how often do you stop to really think about it? Well, time to think.
1. Motivation. I've got big plans. Unfortunately, I'm also a big procrastinator. When I have a regular routine of exercise and healthy meals, it gives me a foundation on which to lay the structure of my other daily goals.
2. Confidence. When I work out, the sense of accomplishment leaves me eager to add other accomplishments to my list. If I can get my ass to the gym on a morning when I'd rather be doing anything but, it leads me to wonder what else I can do!
3. Health. I hate the thought of hospitals, doctors, surgery, sickness, etc. I understand that no matter what we do, sometimes it can't be helped. However, if I get sick, I need to know that I did my best to take care of myself. Otherwise, I think I'd be pretty pissed off at myself for possibly causing it.
4. Vanity. I'm not in the market for a significant other, but I don't believe in "relationship weight gain." To me, having a boyfriend isn't a reason to stop taking care of myself. Sure, I love when my boyfriend appreciates the way that I look, but I look this way first and foremost for myself. Being comfortable in my own skin crucial to my happiness.
5. One word... epigenetics.