There is no shortcut

I sometimes get e-mails, Facebook messages, and tweets from friends, family, and strangers who have decided to get healthier. These people always ask the same questions (which I really don’t mind answering!) — How’d I lose the weight?, Do I have any saggy post-weight loss skin?, and How do I maintain now? — but I’m afraid they probably don’t like the answers I give them.

Because the truth is I lost the weight through hard work: lots of educating myself, portion control, and good, old-fashioned exercise. We live in a world that wants what it wants NOW, but sustainable weight loss doesn’t work this way, in my experience. I maintain my healthy lifestyle the exact same way I began it: lots of educating myself, portion control, and good, old-fashioned exercise.

The truth is, there’s NO shortcut to reaching goal and staying there. The same hard work it took to get me to goal is what it takes to stay there. And when I decide I don’t really need to eat vegetables today, or that another scoop of peanut butter won’t kill me, that’s when I start to see goal slipping away. It’s a daily commitment that I have to remind myself of because deep down I will always be that fat girl who loves cheesecake and sleep more than most anything. I choose to overcome that everyday and make the necessary choices to stay healthy (and happy!).

So where is this post going? Today was a genuine test of my commitment to fitness.

I woke up early, which should have been a good sign, but pitter-pattered around the apartment too long before eating breakfast. That damn Internet sucks my morning away all the time—I should work on that. Before I knew it, J was reminding me that we needed to leave soon to run errands and go out for lunch, and I still had not worked out.

I took yesterday as a rest day, which means I really should work out today. There was no reason to not work out, except laziness, so I PROMISED myself I would do it when we got back home. Four hours and lots of walking later we were home and I was EXHAUSTED. Totally spent. Work out? Forget it! I took a nap, woke up, and got my GPP on anyway—because I’m committed to my health and my goals.

It would have been so easy to say, “Nah, I’m too tired. I’ll just workout tomorrow.” But those unnecessarily missed workouts add up. Good choices add up, too, though.

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Admittedly, another reason I was able to force the workout was because I wanted to test out my new running shoes. After a few more runs in my Vibram Five Fingers, I’ve decided that my feet just aren’t liking barefoot running as much as I am, which is a shame. But, I’d heard that the Nike Free Runs were a good alternative because they have less drop than a traditional running shoe and a little cushioning. So, after much research (they’re retail at $100, so you best believe I was Googling  my little heart out!) I decided to hop on a good deal I found today.

My thoughts after one run? Love them. They feel so natural and light on my feet, yet I can maintain my mid-foot strike. (After running in Vibrams-only for 4 months, a heel strike feels so awful.) I hope they continue to work well for me.

And today’s weekly weigh-in:

A surprise.

 

(In case you’ve read this post hoping for an answer to the saggy skin question: Yes, I do have saggy post-weight loss skin. I think it’s a beautiful reminder of the person I used to be and never want to return to.)

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