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Friday, November 25, 2011

Please Excuse Me...

So, it's the day after Thanksgiving and my gut is still feeling the hurt. The all day eating binge was uncalled for, unnecessary yet required for the full holiday experience.  If you're not in a food coma by 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, you've done something wrong!  The next morning I weighed myself. 
"SP- WHY did you do that?" you may ask.  Well, I don't know why but its done and I can't go back.  Perhaps it was curiousity, like when kids poke at dead animals with sticks. 

After keeping my weight in check for over 10 mths I discovered that 7 lbs have snuck up on me this last weigh in. WTH? I'm not happy about that at all!  There are, of course, plenty of excuses -two being the food and candy centered holidays October's Halloween and November's Thanksgiving. (It's too early to use Christmas)

Feeling all fat and a bit discouraged I went for a nice one hour walk this morning around my neighborhood. For whatever reason my mom's comments from yesterday when we were placing the ham in the cooker rolled through my mind. "Make sure you put the ham FAT SIDE up." The fat side. I felt like that ham, but I have more than one fat side. Lord help me.

I traveled down Cornwall to walk the track at the local high school.  Its a great track, wide, clean and five times around equals a mile. Simple. Easy. The sun was out. It was a beautiful Northwest winter day. So far no excuses could be found. However, as I approached the field I saw that the yard maintenance staff had place two bleachers and a large trampoline-thingy right on the track! Then I heard it- my inner dialog going at it:
First to speak up was "Evil SP": "How dumb! Someone has blocked the track in TWO places, now I can't take my walk! I'm going home!"
Then "Good SP" spoke up: "Suck it up and get ta walkin' you lazy a**!"

I stayed and walked, slightly upset that I couldn't just give up and go home... just slightly. Of course by the second lap I was already feeling better.  Exercise is good for me. Why was I looking for an excuse?

The web site "Fitness for Weight Loss" list the top five excuses for why we don't exercise:

1. There’s not enough time.
2. I don’t have enough energy.
3. I’m not motivated.
4. It’s too expensive.
5. I’m sick or injured.

Alright already, I'll walk and exercise! No excuses! Christmas is coming and THIS goose is not going to get fat... or should I say fatter. I can make time to exercise which will give me more energy and as I loose inches I'll get motivated, make more money and be less likely to get sick or injured.
It's in the bag!

http://www.fitnessforweightloss.com/

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