It’s the Little Things That Make the Difference

My weight loss and exercise plans continue to move forward. Slowly. I’ve been losing about a pound per week. Even this past week, I lost 0.8 pounds and that was after I pulled something in my back and couldn’t exercise. I also relaxed my diet for 3 or 4 days, instead of one day a week like I had been allowing. So since I still lost weight while not being as strict, I felt like I could be less strict again this week.

I had the afternoon off and was heading downtown to run some errands. I was going to have a late lunch and decided to go to a Greek restaurant I like. They have delicious chicken kabobs which come with pita and fries. I figured I could splurge a little and eat some fries.

As I was walking out of my apartment, I saw a guy in incredible shape walking down the other side of the street. He had shoulders out to here! (Ok. You’ll have to picture it in your mind, but they were big.) And his arms and chest were also big and very defined. He was wearing a black tank-top and black pants and was looked like he was on his way to the gym.

That’s when it struck me:

This guy doesn’t reward himself with french fries!

It’s the little things that make the difference, especially in derailing goals. I could treat myself to french fries today and I’d probably still lose weight this week. But if I treat myself today, then it’ll be easier to justify treating myself tomorrow to a dessert, or a frothy coffee drink. Or pizza! (I miss my weekly pizza.) And next thing you know I’ve gained a pound instead of losing a pound this week.

If I want to stay on target, I need to avoid the creep that can occur if I start to give myself a little leeway. So I went to Potbelly’s and had a sandwich (530 calories – right on target) and a big container of water.

Tonight it was torture!

I would have treated myself to the french fries if I had known what tonight’s workout was going to be. The last two days have had a heat index of about 105 degrees. Today it was cooler with a high of only 93, so I was already sweating by the time I got to the gym.

After a warm up of mountain climbers and planks, he had me do a circuit of six exercises:

  • Barbell squats
  • Bosu-ball pushups
  • Romanian deadlifts
  • Incline chest presses
  • Side lunges
  • Overhead pulldowns

I had to do as many reps of each exercise before moving on to the next one. And I had to keep going until I reached 400 reps total. Four hundred!! It took the entire hour. By the end, I thought I was going to pass out. That was ninety minutes ago, and I’m finally starting to feel ok. I’m sure I’ll be sore tomorrow though.


2 responses

  1. it’s so easy to get de-railed. I treat myself every once in a while, but when i do I think how many minutes i will need to run to burn it off. sure makes you think twice about eating crap.

  2. I am trying to picture you doing those 400 reps! I will stick to Zumba to burn my calories and keep me toned, thank you. My reward is Breyer’s no fat French Chocolate Ice Cream. My skinny brother got me into eating a mug full (small mug) almost every night a few years ago and I have not gained weight. There is something about milk products that help actually burn calories – forget where I read it but it made sense at the time. Also, not giving up my one beer a day most days! Will I recognize you when I see you next? I am better at 60 than I was at 40! I know you are better at 40 than 20! The advantage in retirement is I don’t stress eat anymore. You still have the stress of work. Hang in there. You should be proud of all you have accomplished. You will find a balance of what & how often you can indulge. We do need those rewards in life. ❤

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