Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Don't Be Easy

Today is more of a rant than anything, so if you're looking for inspiration, this may or may not be for you. This is your warning. :)

There is no short cut to losing weight. Losing weight takes determination, will power, and sacrifice. You don't get to will yourself skinny. You don't get to take a short cut to be skinny. Yes, there are fad diets, there are pills you can take, surgeries, injections, and any other sort of "get rich quick" types of 'cheat' methods, but these DON'T WORK. Yes, for the short time they will work and you'll get some sort of satisfaction from being "skinny" but it will not last. But yet there are still times where I think oh I'm doing so good, I can cheat today and I'll be okay. IT DOES NOT WORK LIKE THIS. 
You want to know what does work... Making decisions and sticking to them. No it's not that much fun to say "no" to a piece of birthday cake, or that cookie, or ice cream, or that snickers because you're hungry and it satisfies you. Sure it's easier to go out to lunch every day. It's easy to get fast food on your way home instead of cooking. It's easy to just shop for packaged dinners, lunches, and breakfasts. It's easy to just "go with the flow". But nothing worth having is easy. Nothing. Think about it... Sure falling in love is easy, but staying in love takes work, but the work is 100% worth it. You don't get to make exceptions. When you start doing this, you'll find a reason to make an exception for EVERYTHING. Trust me, it's what I've been doing the past 4 weeks. 
Luckily I only have Thanksgiving, a wedding, and Christmas between now and the end of the year. I can justify eating a healthy but large Thanksgiving dinner. I can justify celebrating slightly for a friends wedding. I can justify eating slightly different than usual over Christmas. I understand that sometimes it's nearly impossible to do things properly because you're just not in your element. There is no shame in that because you're allowed to have a life. Just be SMART. You are in control of how your body looks and what you put into it. On Thanksgiving I plan on having a healthy breakfast and lunch, then having a nice semi-indulgent dinner with my fiance. The next morning I also plan on going power shopping and eating super healthy all day because I indulged the night before. And the week leading up to Thanksgiving I'm going to say "no" to all the home cooked goodies and pot-lucks because it's one thing to indulge once in awhile, it's another to indulge all week because it's a holiday. For the wedding I'm planning on doing the same thing as Thanksgiving. I am only human and I do have a life to live but I can control what I allow myself to "falter" on. 
As for Christmas break, that is going to be hit and miss. We're driving 14 hours to Michigan and eating well + traveling in a car makes for tougher eating choices. I'm going to pack a cooler or something so we can just eat the things we pack instead of stopping in drive through's the entire trip, which will also save us money. As far as the week we're home goes, we have 7 wedding meetings, one is food tasting, the other is cake tasting, so needless to say the days we have that I will be eating super healthy. Which is really hard at my mother-in-law's because she always has sweets around the house. Luckily we'll be able to workout while we're home and be conscious of what we are eating most of the week. Then I'll just have to repack for the trip home and I will have made it through the year without being super destructive!  I hope by this point I will be able to report that I am weighing in at a nice 135. 

And back around to my original rant. Saying you're going to start eating healthy and working out is easy sure, but actually working out and controlling myself, that's the hard part. I wake up at 4:30am 3 times a week and 5am 2 times a week, there is nothing about the wake up time that is easy. There is nothing fun about waking up before half of the world does but I do it because it is the only time I can consistently workout and I have no excuse not to get up. I'm so sick of people whining about being overweight, or that they can't control themselves, or that they just 'can't' do it. Seriously, you CAN do it. Stop being an asshole. Stop buying bags of candy to eat by yourself. Stop drinking copious amounts of booze. Stop picking up fast food because you're too much of a lazy ass to make something for dinner or lunch. Stop eating crap for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you want to change it starts with YOU and you HAVE to make time to do that. 
Plan your meals and stick to the plan. Yes it's a pain in the ass, deal with it. Make your lunch every day and pack more than you think you need because some days you might be more hungry than others. Find ways to make it work. Because if you don't care, I don't care. But if you piss and moan, you better start making some changes. It all comes down to self responsibility. Surround yourself with supportive people. You need to know who is on your side and who will bring you down. Make better choices and quit your bitching because I no longer have a tolerance for people who piss and moan about shit and don't do anything to change it. If you want to change, do it. If you want to bitch, find somewhere else to whine. 

-No I am not perfect. I fail and fail but I am constantly striving to be better. I am working out 5 days a week and working on my eating habits. I am a work in progress. But I am trying and I am working hard. All of these bad habits are things I have done or have been doing to myself, I know what it's like to be lazy, sad, fat... etc. I'm just sick of people not taking responsibility for themselves.-