Transparency Thursday

Transparency Thursday

Success vs. Reality

I’m beginning a new series here called Transparency Thursday. I’m going to attempt to blog weekly about how things are really going whether positive or negative. I want to keep things honest because this is going to be a lifestyle for me, and I do hope I can help someone. First bit of transparency: it’s now Friday when I’m posting this! ;P

Summer has definitely hit here and it’s zapped any motivation I’ve had toward exercising the last couple of weeks. While my wallet is happy I’m not spending extra money on a gym membership, it does suck when the weather is miserable. One of the (many) problems with not exercising is I’ve been used to eating a certain amount of calories because I’ve been exercising, and so I’ve found myself going over my calorie allotment for the day. This in turn, discourages me, which leads me to treating myself more than I need, and with unhealthy food. Thankfully, I’ve only gained about 3 lbs as a result but I want to curb this habit.

The last two weeks I’ve felt like a failure. I’m only on day 62 so I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. Being “off the wagon” for about two weeks has made me more aware that I’m not a happy person when I’m not exercising, or eating well, or reaching my goals. I’ve definitely experienced a number of mood swings in this short amount of time, which has left me depressed or angry. I’ve been irritable AF. Just ask Cory.

Thankfully, a couple days ago, I got tired of being negative and started counting calories again. I made time to go to the grocery and pick up food that isn’t so calorie heavy to have for breakfast and lunch this week. Just the act of going to the grocery made me feel better. I’ve been trying to make a little time to walk here and there even if I’m miserable in the heat.

I think the thing that really has my mind in the right place is the program I attended at work today. Our theme for Summer Reading this year is exercising your mind and body. The program today featured one of the owners of a local gym I used to attend, whom I really look up to. The discussion today was the power of exercise, both chemically and emotionally, and how it can stave off diseases. I left feeling motivated and ready to jump back into things. If you’re reading this, Lisa: thank you!

How is everyone doing this week? See you all next week!

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