Fight

Yesterday I had the worst and most miserable workout of my life.   I was tired and lethargic and my body was just refusing to respond to my efforts.  I tried the treadmill and I just couldn’t do it.  I attempted to switch it up with cardio intervals with a jump rope and a box jump, but I just kept getting tangled up in the jump rope and before long I was frustrated and angry with the whole workout and myself.  I pushed myself through and finished a workout that can only be described as sub-par.

I finished by spending a little time on the bike, hoping that maybe this form of cardio was what I had needed the whole time.  No luck.  I was exhausted and my body needed a break and I was so frustrated with myself and the terrible workout that I had just had.

So today, I was in no mood for the gym.  I was up early and hadn’t gotten much sleep and the last thing I wanted to do was go to the gym and be defeated by my own body once again.  But, when I got to the gym, I decided that I wanted to fight.  I wanted to fight for the body that I have and the body that I want.  I wanted to fight for who I am and what I deserve and not quit on myself.

So I fought.  I fought through sprint intervals and jogging on the treadmill and lifting weights and making myself do everything that I didn’t want to do.  I fought.

When I left the gym I was thrilled.  Thrilled that I had fought and advocated for myself and my goals regardless of my bad mood.  Sometimes, the biggest struggle is fighting yourself.

There will be days when you have to fight yourself.  There will be days when you have to fight with the voice in your head telling you to sleep in and skip the gym.  There will be times when you will have to fight the craving for junk food and instead treat your body well.  You will have to fight for yourself.  You will have to fight yourself, and all the negativity that you might carry with you in order to succeed and better your whole self.

You have to be willing to fight if you want to achieve your goals.  If you want to win, if you want to be the best possible version of yourself, then don’t be afraid to fight.  Fight for what you want, who you are, and the body that you live in, fight for what makes you happy and every second will be worth it.

The Key

I have been on my weight loss journey for a good deal of time now, and I have learned a lot about weight loss and health.  But, I think that just recently I have found the key to finding weight loss happiness.

The key is simply to understand that you will have good days, and you will have bad days.  There will be days when you eat 25 mini Milky Ways and there will be days when you have the most delicious and nutritious salad that ever existed.  There will be days when you eat well and exercise and your weight fluctuates up, and other days when you eat like crap and it somehow goes down.  Weight loss is a journey.  There are fluctuations and road bumps and hurdles that you can’t foresee or overcome in one day.

So just focus.  Keep on working at it and don’t stop.  It will happen, and yes you’ll have bad days, but there will also be great ones, so don’t quit.  You can do it.  You can reach your goals but it will take time and sometimes it won’t be perfect.  So just keep going and don’t let one bad day allow you to quit and make all your days bad.  Don’t give up on yourself.  Persistence and seeing past the fluctuations is key to success. Don’t stop, get it, get it.

Embrace the Things That Make You Smile

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Today I woke up late.  I woke up late and got to the gym twenty minutes late which meant a shortened workout for this girl.  I was none too happy about having to skip out on some of my favorite moves on leg day, but I decided not to let it get me down.  I still managed to get a workout in and I ate pretty cleanly today, so that is something to be proud of.

I am slowly learning to embrace the things that make me smile, and let slide the things that bring me down.  I’m going to let it slide that the temperature in Boston is so cold that I never want to leave my room, and instead focus on my destination.  Focusing on the destination, like meeting up with a friend or getting my much needed iced tea fix, makes the bone chilling weather much more worth it.

I am learning to love the little things.  I learning to love the smiles of others and the joy of sharing laughter with the people I love.  I am focusing on all the beautiful, special things in life, rather than on the things that bring me down.  For example, all day I was dreading heading to my four hour long night class, but, I ended up loving it.  It was wonderful and it stimulated me and made me feel knowledgable.  I enjoyed it so much that I left class in a great mood and it made my whole outlook on the day better.

I am embracing what makes me smile.  I am embracing the thrill of getting a question correct in the first class.  I am embracing drinking my daily iced tea.  I am embracing the smiles of my wonderful friends and also those of strangers.  I am embracing the lovely high I get from a sprint on the treadmill.  I am embracing all the things in my life that I so often overlook.

Look at your life and smile.  Find joy in all the little things, and your life will be much more beautiful.  Embrace your life and all the wonderful, special, and beautiful things in it.

5-Minute Workout for Fabulous Flab-Less Arms

http://www.shape.com/blogs/fit-list-jay-cardiello/5-minute-workout-fabulous-flab-less-arms

I am not usually a big fan of workout videos, but I really liked this one. I am always trying to work on my arms and this workout from Shape Magazine online is a perfect fit for me!

I can’t wait to try it because not only does it look easy to complete, but also because it looks easily adaptable depending on skill level. I might add weights for an added challenge.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

Attitude

Our lives are created based upon our mindset.  Who we are is based upon our attitude towards life.  Today I am angry at life.  I am angry that I am not the weight I want to be.  I am angry that I do not have a man in my life who kisses me and makes me smile.  I am angry that I do not have a lot of money like some of the people I go to college with.  I am angry that I am angry.  I am bitter and that is affecting my life.

I am wrecking my beautiful, wonderful, special, beautiful life with a bad attitude.  I am wrecking the world I have created for myself with anger and hatred and bitterness.  I am allowing bad moments and bad days and bad people to dictate how I feel and how I live my life.

I have to stop. I am in a funk, and I have to break out of my funk if I want to be happy.  If I want to reach my goal weight then I have to look positively at my challenge and work on pushing past it while admiring the strength I have.  If I want to find a nice boy who kisses me and makes me smile then I have to believe in the idea that there are good people in the world and that they exist and are drawn to others who are good and positive.  If I want to have money someday then I need to focus on creating a life that is successful and thus full of all the things that give me happiness.

If I want the life that I so ardently crave, then I must change my mindset.  I have to look at the world differently.  I have to change my attitude in order to change my life.

I am not afraid of change.  I am not afraid of life.  I am not afraid of success or love or happiness.  I am simply afraid of days like today, when I waste my happiness in the name of a funk, in the name of a bad attitude.  I don’t want to be afraid anymore. I want to be happy and in love and full of life.  So today I make a change.  Today I choose to change my mindset and my attitude so that I can positively change my life.

Hate Is Easy

I think it’s easy to hate.  It is easy to hate other people.  It is easy to hate your situation.  It is easy to hate your body.  It is easy to feel hate and to experience the desire to hate, but I think that what comes naturally to us is rather fear.

Fear that we will never become who we want to be.  Fear that we will never have the body we want.  Fear that we will never meet the guy we’re dreaming of.  Fear that we will not get the job we desire.  We fear.  We fear life and failure and all the things that cause us to struggle and to love.  It is that fear that makes us hate.

We hate others based upon our fear that we may never achieve what they have.  We hate others based upon our desire to dwell upon their flaws as well as our own.  We hate because it is easy.  It doesn’t take thought or consideration, it simply happens, and suddenly we feel something and suddenly we feel more ok.

But I simply want to love.  I want to cast aside the hate I feel for myself and others and the people who frustrate me or who make me jealous and instead love my life and what I have.

I can hate someone for having a perfect body but I know nothing of the work they may have put into that body.  I may hate someone for having a great relationship but I cannot foresee the ups and downs that they may have been through.  I can hate my body for not being the size or shape I want it to be, but it is so much simpler to love.

It is easier to look away from others and to love my body simply for being mine and for giving me life.  It is easier to focus on myself more than on others and their successes.  It is easier to love my choices and my life and what I have created then to hate myself or others.

I want to love.  I want to wake up everyday with a burning desire to love.  I want to look in the mirror and love my body.  I want to look at those in my life and see past their flaws, and simply love.  I want to love because that is what will make my life full.  I want to love, because while hatred is easy, loving makes life more worthwhile.