Sometimes I hear people say that it's hard for them to lose weight because (insert person of choice) sabotages them. Maybe their Mom or friend insists on serving unhealthy foods. Or maybe their husband just is not interested in eating better or exercising. Or their husband/sibling/roommate, etc. insists on having junk food in the house.
Yes - those are challenges! But it's up to us to make the right decisions. Ultimately we are the one's who decides what goes in our mouth. We are the person who chooses to exercise.
In a perfect world everyone around us would eat healthy, nutritious foods and we would never be tempted to eat things that aren't so good for us. This is NOT a perfect world - get over it!
My husband is 100% supportive of my healthy lifestyle. He frequently exercises with me (as much as his schedule allows). He never tries to talk me out of a workout. He actually enjoys eating healthier foods and other than veggie hamburgers or tofu, he's pretty much game to try anything. If he wants pizza and I tell him that I want stir fry instead, he's always game.
But ... he's got a sweet tooth! He ♥loves♥ his candies. And he loves a good sale after a holiday (Christmas, Valentine's, Easter).
I had to ask him yesterday if he suddenly has a motive to sabotage me. This is PART of what he has brought home in the last week (all 75% off - yaaaaa - NOT!)
oh, and a 40 pack of Timbits...
There was also a large tub of ice cream (which the kids made into frosty's), another large heart of the most decadent Lindor chocolate, some smarties ....
Do you know how hard all this is to resist?
Of course you do, pretty much anyone would struggle with this.
But, it's up to me to decide and choose what I need. Can I say that I've not touched even one of these treats? No, I can't. Can I say that I've had a bit in limited moderation? YES - most definitely! Can I say that by having recently set obtainable goals looming in my head have kept me from overindulging in this sick overabundance of treats? AB-SO-FRICKING-LUTELY!!!!!!
If it wasn't for the goals I've set and that I review them on a daily basis I would have had SO much more of this crap than I've had.
And hmmmmm .... how's that little project going?
Weekly loss GOAL - 0.8 lbs
ACTUAL weekly loss - 2.2 lbs
Yes - 2 point 2 POUNDS!!!!!!!
OK, just a little happy with that!
So while my husband may be the most likely in my life to sabotage me (with his ever present candy addiction) he is also the most likely to encourage me and push me to reach my goals. Kind of my own personal devil on one shoulder, angel on the other.
Last night he said, "Set the alarm early and we'll go out for a run in the morning."
So we did! This morning we woke up to a drizzly, dark morning and headed out for an 8 mile run. The start was horrid and I questioned my sanity frequently in the first two miles. I was so slow and could not get it into gear. Can you believe that he actually compared himself to Tommy Europe at one point? He was trying to get me to pick up my pace and I barked at him to leave me alone. He said Tommy Europe doesn't back off and he's my personal Tommy Europe (ohhhh gooodiiieeeee - remember this from Scar in The Lion King? - what a great movie).
I told him last night about my plans to run home after the race this weekend (which he is racing too). He said "and how do I get home?" I said, "You can drive." He was upset that I hadn't included him. I think we'll see if one of his parents can give us a lift there and then we'll jog home together - if time allows for him. But either way, I think I'm going to go for it. It will be a good test for me. It should make the half easy by comparison.
Have a great day!