Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Darn guilt. I never liked you.

I really wanted to hit the gym today. Really, but I didn't. My body had different plans. The bursitis in my shoulder was acting up, and my bad knee was too. You see, my knee was hurting through Zumba last night, and was still quite sore today.

It's fair to say that a rest day was in order. Wouldn't you think so?

It was so hard to rest though. too hard. I felt guilty. very guilty. You see I probably consumed way too many calories at the wedding last Saturday, and I ate some fried sweet potato fries the next day.

No bueno.

I've done great otherwise, so I finally got over it. Then, it happened.

An EXTREMELY hot pepper found its way into my pico and into my mahi taco. No water I drank could tame the heat. I had to drink milk. Vitamin D milk. In Leroy's words, "real" milk.

I was so frustrated. My calorie intake was planned for the day, and this added calories to my plan. Not only that, I don't drink milk. I grew up on 2% milk, but nowadays I drink coconut milk. That's a different blog for a different day, but just know this. The guilt crept up again.

We've all been there. Workouts are going great, and eating is on target. Then, life strikes. A stowaway pepper makes its way into your day. Here's my advice to me. I hope it helps you too.

Shake it off. Weight loss is not a destination. It's a journey. Life happens and it's okay to live it. Don't let a curve ball mess with your focus. Roll with the punches. Rest today, and be ready to work out tomorrow. Trust the process. Don't overdo it. When tomorrow comes, don't under do it. Do your best daily, and never give up. Take a quick second to look back to the days when you wouldn't dare go the gym. You've come a long way. God's taken you a long way, and this is only the beginning. In times like these, remember that your life is more than food and exercise. However, never use that as an excuse to slack off.

If I would have given myself that advice earlier on in my weight loss week, I probably would not have felt so bad about today. However, a lesson learned, is a lesson learned. Thank you Jesus.

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