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Quit looking for that Easy Button

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Let's be honest. It is easier to stay overweight and/or be out of shape than it is to be healthy and fit. It is easier to buy and eat junk food than it is healthy food - after all, it is EVERYWHERE! The candy bowl is right next to the printer at work. The drive through is on the way home after a crazy day. It is also easier to sit around and do nothing than it is to get out and go to the gym. After all, your husband is already sitting on the couch - why not go snuggle with him instead? Besides... it is cold outside!

It is hard to change your behavior. One would think that after we have gone through the standard "it takes 30 days to build a habit" phase, it would become easy, right? I hate to break the news to you, but it is not. Most of us here have ridden the weight roller coaster many times. Every time we take opt for the easy road, it starts a downward spiral that has us back in those old habits that got us here to begin with. Sometimes you are taking the easy road without even realizing it. You get yourself to the gym, but do you give it 100%? Or are you just going through the motions? Could you push yourself more? Yes, you are putting in the time... but are you really putting in the effort to make changes?

I made a commitment to myself to become healthy and fit 2 1/2 years ago. It is a commitment that I have to renew with myself every day. Every. Single. Day. I am always faced with new challenges. My mind is always coming up with new excuses. When I give in to these excuses and challenges, I find myself back going back to those old routines. I realized a few weeks ago, that these demons are something I will have to deal with the rest of my life. It is kind of depressing - this will never be easy for me! The candy bowl will always be calling my name. The couch and TV will always whine when I don't spend enough time with them. I am always going to have to constantly push myself in the gym because I am lazy by nature...

Is losing weight easy? Hell no! Is it worth it? Absolutely 100%!
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  • no profile photo CD4449641
    Very well said. Especially now for me, with all of these allergies. It is soooo hard! But so much better! It is always worth it.
    3523 days ago
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    3525 days ago
    Hey Julie, how are you doing? I'm finally devoting some time specifically to catch up with all of my wonderful spark buddies! How's 2011 treating you? Great blog! I realize too, that this is something I will always struggle with, as other addicts do I suppose. Food (junk food) is my drug (ya I really "needed" those chocolate chips tonight but I swear I can quit them anytime! Grrr). True about the gym too...I love it love it love it when I've got that post workout gym high or running high when I know I gave it my all and kicked my own butt. To be honest, I haven't felt that in a long time. It's such a great feeling, I wonder, why do we deny ourselves of it when it's generally in our complete control!? Anyway - I hope you are staying warm, kicking butt & taking names, and that your family is doing well!
    3537 days ago
    You got it so right!!! Way to go!
    3539 days ago
    Love your blog, and true it is. I am sure that everyone has felt the first paragraph alot, I know I have. As I start to slip it gets harder and harder each time I start climbing back up. To me the easy way would be to just stick to it no matter how uneasy it is. Have a Sparky Thursday!!!
    3539 days ago
  • DAS92687
    Never thought about it like that .... Very true :)
    3539 days ago
    So true and yet so hard some days!!!
    3539 days ago
    Sooooo, sooooo TRUE!
    3539 days ago
    I love this. I really needed the part about not giving it 100%. Thank you :)

    3539 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5897697
    Well put and so true!!! I love this blog =D Keep inspiring us Sparkers! You look amazing.
    3539 days ago
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    Love it!
    3539 days ago
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