Staying on track

June 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

I don’t travel often

In fact almost never

But I knew when I came out here to Florida

That I had to stay on track

You see I used to look at opportunities like this

As a free pass to eat whatever I wanted

And not exercise

Subconsciously I hoped for those unexpected opportunities to pop up

So I could explain away my need to overeat

It’s stressful, right?

Isn’t that a good excuse?

I had no choice but to go through McDonald’s

I’m not at home and a girl has to eat!

Right?

Taking a break from working out

I mean if you’re not at home what can you do?

It’s not my fault if I can’t work out

I’m away from the gym!

At least that is what I would say to myself

But when I chose to change my life

I had to change my thinking

And now I look at anything that could derail my weight loss efforts

As a potential threat

That’s how seriously I take this

I have to see it that way

Because I know how quickly I can be thrown off the path

Something as careless as an extra bite of the wrong food

Or one day off my plan

Has in the past sent me back into the food for a year or more

A fog that takes over and lasts as long as it chooses

Because once the food takes over

I’m no longer the one in control

So before I came out here, there was a plan

I packed my gym clothes and my shoes

Preparation is key

The day I got here

Two things happened

First, I went to the grocery store

And bought the main items I need to keep on track

My shakes, eggs, water….and other staples I eat daily

Second, I found a gym

Yep–that’s right

I signed up for a gym

That seems crazy, right?

To sign up for a gym if you’re only visiting?

But I have a workout plan

And it involves a recumbent bike, elliptical and treadmill

It’s called You Fit—a gym very similar to Planet Fitness

No contract and you can pay as you go

Did you know they had those?

I knew they had pay as you go phones

But pay as you go gyms?

Well now you know

So I didn’t even miss a beat

Would missing a week of exercise ruin all my progress?

Of course not

But staying on track is more mental than physical

At least for me

And once I open the door to excuses

Somehow the door never quite shuts again

So while everything around me may be crashing

While circumstances threaten to derail me

The priority I placed on my food and workouts

Has allowed me to keep steady

And stay on track

I have discovered that if I want to keep losing weight and getting healthy

It has to become one of the most important things in my life

That high on the list

It has to take priority

Anything that threatens the plan

Must be dealt with swiftly

Pre planning is key

And I’ve found something to be true

Even when the world is spinning out of control

You don’t have to

In the past this would have been the perfect opportunity for excuses

But now it’s the perfect opportunity for victory

Because if you can be victorious in the storms of life

Then you will truly own your freedom

And freedom is always better

Than eating your way through a crisis

Food can’t fight your fears

But a well laid plan can help to ease your mind

It says

I can do this

I’m worth it

Because you are

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Dawn June 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Right on my sleeve sister! You have the right mindset to accomplish every goal you have set for yourself. Staying dedicated while away from home is one of the hardest things to stick to and a bigger accomplishment than we give ourselves credit for. Rock on my friend. So proud of you. Still praying for your strength to get through the passing of your Nana.
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Elizabeth June 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Yes You ARE worth it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wonderful sticking with it (and you are right, it would be VERY easy to slip back into old ways, but YOU are keeping on top of things and that is a Very Good Thing!!!) ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs, Elizabeth
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Staci June 22, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Awesome, Holly, AWESOME! I was wondering how you were faring under the current conditions. I’m so glad to hear that you are a VICTOR in your life! You made some very smart decisions and they will pay off!
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Trish June 23, 2012 at 12:20 am

You have learned so much my friend!!! I heard myself echoed in your words and know I too need to change my thinking. It is si very important.

I’m really proud of you staying on track despite the stress. You indeed are making lifestyle changes!!
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lori June 23, 2012 at 12:23 am

You are so right. This battle is mostly in the mind. I’m proud of you for not using this horrible time in your life as an excuse to go off plan.

You and your nana are in my prayers.
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Carrie June 23, 2012 at 4:24 am

Girl…a pay-as-you-go gym? I swear I had no idea.

You’re just wow.

You’re absolutely right. You ARE worth it. I mean, if YOU don’t think you are…then who will?

Rock on, sister…keep it up!
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Sarah June 23, 2012 at 9:13 am

You are so right. I am totally amazed by you keeping on track through all this. How would the old Holly have coped? xx
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Linda Kuil June 23, 2012 at 11:31 am

Feverishly trying to slam the door shut and hoping a window doesn’t pop open over here! I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about! Even after almost 3 years of working at it, those stupid excuses creep in. Old habits die hard? Old habits NEVER die. They may go into hibernation, but that’s about it!

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Frances June 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm

If that isn’t the epitome of determination I dont know what is. My goodness, I’m in such utter awe and (slightly ashamed of myself) that I dont have the words except that you absolutely rock! I sit and find excuses to NOT exercise even at home let alone while away. Highly inspiring <3
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Heather June 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm

The mind is a powerful thing!

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tz June 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm

that’s so great..and inspirational!
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Wendie June 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm

๐Ÿ™‚ this post just made me smile! Hooray for you!!
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Amanda June 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Great job staying on track while you’re away. This is something I still struggle with.
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Sheila July 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Oh my gosh, this post really speaks to me Holly! I just got done with a week long “break” from logging my food (not a break from exercise though) and I really need to quit the excuses. There will always be *something* that I could claim is an obstacle, so I need to quit putting off till tomorrow!!
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