Wednesday, May 25, 2016

RealToLife Week Three - Driving the Struggle Bus

Okay, if you are here to see how great I am doing with my weightloss effort, you may as well drop that expectation like pronto.  This week has been a week-long pass on the struggle bus.  But I have learned some valuable things.


1.  Some habits are better than no habits.
Up until, oh, two weeks ago, breakfast was a 32 oz. Diet coke/Coke and Little Debbie doughnuts from the Gate Store.  (yes, Herb Peyton, you can drop my endorsement check in the mail at your convenience.)  #Gate  This breakfast is roughly 400 calories of carbs and fat.  And a healthy dose of calcium-depleting soda.  Now, thanks to Beachbody, I am now consuming a delicious dose of a boatload of vitamins and lots of other stuff that is good for you.  And I'm doing it every day.  I think if I had to earn my way into Fitness Heaven, this is like 14 Hail Marys.  (Maries?  Help me out, English grammarians/Catholic people.) 


Another amazing thing I am doing is drinking the equivalent of a bathtub full of water every day. At least that is what I perceive it as.  All day long, just drinking and drinking and drinking.  I know that this is good for your skin and I have learned that your body needs water on a cellular level and when you feel thirsty, it's like the "check engine" light on your car.  You already are in crisis when you feel thirsty.  And something fun and cute is that I have an app through Beachbody where I get to check off my water consumption.  I like checking boxes. 


2.  Exercise kind of sucks and is kind of great.
I think that when I have been exercising every day, that it will be easier.  We have already discussed how having your fat in your gut makes it hard to do core exercises.  I just know that I will get better at these.  But on the other hand, exercise makes you feel amazing and like you could leap small buildings in a single bound.  And here's the funny thing -- when I get up at some gosh-awful time in the morning and exercise, then I almost forget I did it and want to keep on moving and exercising throughout the day!!!! It's crazy. 


But the getting started part of exercising is hard.  But I do remember in the far reaches of my mind back to when I swam 1000m daily and ran.  And I liked it. 


So I will just keep plugging away.  I also got a really sweet motivational video from Coach Lindsey on the value of showing up.  So even when you have been riding the struggle bus and feel like a total failure, keep showing up. 


3.  Your body is not waiting on you to decide to make healthy choices.
This week my mom found out that she has congestive heart failure. 
Now, my dad had that too, but we also called my dad Captain Mayonnaise.  That man would slather on the mayo like nobody's business.  And on lots of things. 
But my mom is the exercising and eating right queen!  When her doctor first told her she has congestive heart failure, she ( and I ) were both like, how do you have congestive heart failure?  So apparently every day and every meal counts towards your health. 


So.... faced with this knowledge, I wanted to go eat a box of Twinkies.  Seriously.
But knowing how I have eaten in my life (lots of fast food) and how I do not have a regular history of exercise (does walking to the refrigerator count?)  I am turning over a lot of new leaves.  I saw a meme with a beautiful curvy chick on it and it said something like "your body keeps an accurate food journal, regardless of what you write down."  Dang.  So since my body is not waiting on me to make healthy choices, and is getting worse or better with every day's choices, I have two choices:  get fit, or stay fat. 


I choose get fit. 


So you get to read this RealToLife blog one more time next week and then this month-long project will end.  I don't know about you guys, but online dating was a lot more fun and less heavy.  Writing about health and good choices is not very funny. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL.