Thursday, December 22, 2011

It's Like Cheating at Solitaire


For those of you how have been reading for a while, you know I don't have a lot of patience for the touchy feely style of fitness. I don't really get yoga, nor do I believe that gluten is evil. So you can imagine how excited I was when I read the following statement on my BifG Getting Started guide:

Helpful Hint: If there is a day that you don't want or feel like working out, do it anyways. Exercise is not about how you feel that day. It is about a commitment to your long term goals.

I love the no BS approach. Me like. Me respond well.

Tell her you don't feel like it, she'll understand
Although I would not say that I am out of shape, I do feel like I am starting from the beginning. I am reminded of how serious one has to be in order to get results.  Maybe it is because I am so sore from the new training or because I am passing on office holiday sweets, but I am less empathetic to a certain coworker who is currently trying to lose weight.

She is attempting to lose weight...which is awesome.....but I can see certain traits that I know will thwart her efforts. Like many of my coworkers, she belongs to the gym next to the office.

Helping you out there sweets.....
Because we all have things to do after work, I always ask her to go with me at lunch. She has never taken me up on this and to my knowledge does not go to the gym at all. I point this out, not to dog on an otherwise awesome coworker, but to point out how much of a commitment weight loss really is. I know what this is like because I have made the same mistake in the past so I think that is why the BifG quote above rings so true to me.

In addition to skipping out on the daily gym visit, she also falls prey to the office sweets. Now I admit, we all are probably guilty of this but, the biggest fault is that her calorie estimates are waaaay off the mark. I notice that a lot of people lie to themselves when it comes to tracking calories. I try to be uber honest when tracking my food:

For the record, I didn't have chick peas, tomatoes, and an avocado for lunch. I had soup but I entered in the ingredients separately. When 10 almonds and 1/4 cup of almonds is 167 calories.....then dear coworker, these are more than 150 calories:

Listen sweets, when we skip a workout or underestimate the damage we do to our diet, we are the only ones that loose. I say this to you all to remind myself. Even when I don't feel like working out or eating right, I need to remember the BifG saying. It is not about today it is about where I want to be tomorrow.

Are you with me on this one sweets?


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