Philippians 3:12-14 (The Message Bible)

I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sometimes Life gets in the Way...

I'm writing this today because it seems to be a big issue with many people. Life. It just gets in the way of our exercise program sometimes, doesn't it?? I know it has in my own experience. MOST of the time when we don't get a workout in...we are just making excuses. But there have been times in my life when I wanted to work out more than anything...but just could NOT fit it into my day (or even week).
So as much as I promote and encourage DAILY physical exercise and following a program to help hold you accountable, I promise, I do understand that it sometimes just isn't possible.

When that happens are you doomed to stop progress and start gaining back weight?
NO. You. Are. Not!

This is where "what you're made of" starts to become really obvious. If you really want it bad enough (being healthy and fit) then you WILL find a way to not let your eating get out of control during these periods of life when we are so busy. Even when you're too busy to do your P90X, Insanity, TurboFire or whatever workout, you almost POSITIVELY aren't too busy to take the stairs instead of the elevator, park at the back of the parking lot, get in the floor and do 30 push ups or go for a brisk 15 minute walk. You also don't have to start eating all sloppy and lazy either. As a matter of fact, when your workouts decrease, that is when you should be even more diligent to stick to healthy, nourishing foods. It doesn't take any longer to chop up some fresh veggies and fruits and eat them than it does to run through the drive-thru at McDonalds. It just takes a little preparation and planning. But it is do-able.

One of the worst mistakes I've made (and struggle with) is the whole "falling off the boat" mentality. You know how it mess up...maybe miss your workout and eat a cupcake and then you find yourself saying "well, I've already screwed this day up, I might as well go ahead and just have this pizza and pop for dinner and a big brownie fudge sundae for dessert and watch TV tonight and I'll just get "back on the boat" on Monday.
You ever been there?

DETERMINE that won't be you ever again. I mean...really when you think about it and look at it (while you're not in the middle of it) doesn't it sound totally STUPID. Making MORE MISTAKES because you made a little mistake does NOT equal smart. It equals STUPID. (talking to myself just as much as anyone).

So, in conclusion, what I'm trying to say is this, I get it when life gets in the way and it comes at you with the force of a semi-truck and knocks you off of your planned program. But don't just throw your hands up in the air and say, "oh well..I'm off the course by an inch, I might as well just move over a whole mile and get back on that old (fat and lazy) road I'm so comfortable with and used to. NO! Just fit in some activity when and where you can, choose healthy foods, get your sleep and get back to THE PLAN the very minute that life lets up a bit.

I'm rooting for you! I'm here to help you! :)