5:20 am this morning and this is what I was looking at…10 whole minutes on the elliptical and I was exhausted (it’s important to add that I made it an extraordinary 11 minutes on this thing). I think the worst part of deciding to lose weight is the first day in the gym. Furthermore, if you decide to go all out by hitting the gym first thing in the morning, you will find yourself surrounded by elite athletes who don’t mess around. These people rock The Arc machine while carrying weights above their head at the same time. You can see pearls of sweat on their skin – screaming at you, “THIS IS WHAT AN IN-SHAPE BODY LOOKS LIKE!”
As I scanned my iPod for motivational music that would somehow give me Rocky Balboa like endurance, I fought back discouragement. With so much weight to lose, 11 minutes (followed by five on the recumbent bike I might add!) seemed worthless. It’s hard to wrap my mind around the idea that these initial minutes of getting back on track will actually make an indent…
This thought process was responsible for keeping me out of the gym and away from healthy foods. I convinced myself that I could eat “bad” one last time – what difference was one more Concrete Mixer from Culver’s going to make? Anyways, it’s Wednesday and no one starts eating healthy in the middle of the week! So I’ll just enjoy myself until Monday, at which time I will have this conversation with myself again.
Meager beginnings are still beginnings – I am determined to remind myself each day that this beginning will result in an end that has a healthier and more confident version of me.
Fun food tip: When I am craving ice cream, I eat frozen low-fat cool whip. It has almost the same consistency and very little calorie intake.
Weight loss tool tip: www.myfitnesspal.com is sort of like a free version of Weight Watchers. It allows you to track your caloric intake and physical activity. This has been a huge thing for me. To actually see how many calories some foods have and weigh that against the calories allotted to me in a day – wow!