Q is for Quitting
Do you ever just feel like it’s too much work to stay on track?
Sometimes I do. Sometimes I REALLY do. There are days once in awhile where I think “WHY do I have to count my calories today?” Sigh! I just don’t WANNA. In those cases I can sometimes take a day or two off from counting my calories and then return to it feeling refreshed and re-dedicated.
There have been many times (usually in times of stress) where I am very tempted to binge like I used to. But when that temptation to binge comes into my psyche I remember that the binge is just not worth it. Maybe if I wasn’t aware of how many calories are in food it would be easier to give into those binge cravings. But knowing that if I eat half a pizza by myself is over 1500 calories just isn’t worth it anymore.
There are days when I just don’t feel like working out. If I’m going to be entirely honest here, my workout schedule is something I don’t even think about anymore. It’s just part of my life, it’s a habit, it’s like brushing my teeth or showering every day–sure there might be days I don’t want to, but I just do it. However, sometimes I get burned out and just need a few extra rest days. I give myself that. I listen to my body and my mind and I know when it’s time for a short break.
What reminds me of why I don’t quit is this simple fact:
I am not on a diet. This is a lifestyle change.
A lifestyle change is long-term. A lifestyle change is a commitment to my health and well-being. A lifestyle change is worth the hard work and dedication…even if it means I don’t have that third slice of pizza or that second glass of wine or that extra scoop of ice cream.
Not only that, I really LIKE my lifestyle change! I LOVE the events that I do now. Hood to Coast, the Portland Century…all wonderful (and painful) memories of a time I challenged myself and was victorious. Training for a full Century for this summer makes me feel excited about having a goal to work for. I feel good about my body and abilities! These are all great feelings, and totally worth the hard work.
The next time you want to quit and go back to your old habits, really think about why and what you want your lifestyle to be. Do you want it to be healthy? Do you want to challenge yourself? Don’t quit. Take a day off here and there, but get back on that wagon and continue the hard work!
QUESTION: Have you ever wanted to quit? What stopped you?
A-Abstinence * B-Balance * C-Calories * D-Vitamin D * E-Emergency * F-Fast Food and Fine Dining * G-Gym Bag * H-Happy Weight * I-Intervals * J-Jumping * K-Keeping Sane * L-Losing Weight * M-Measuring Mistakes *N-Nemesis * O-Open * P-Plateaus *