Wednesday, November 30, 2011

4 weeks and counting....

4 weeks from today Elizabeth and Jon are having their formal wedding ceremony in NWA. This is a cause for great celebration and excitement! It is also a cause for consternation, because I have not been good this past month about getting my workout in each day....or any day! I've known what the date of the ceremony would be for almost 2 months, but as usual, I waited until the last minute to prepare.

Over Thanksgiving, I'm happy to say that I did not overindulge in eating, however, some of the things I ate were probably not a good choice nutritionally. I allowed myself a piece of cheesecake with cherries on top, but I did stop at just one piece. So, I will celebrate the little victories rather than berate myself with the losses.

I tried on some dresses while I was in Arkansas and that was a big part of my motivation to get back to the gym today! There were a couple in my size that I tried on, but I didn't like them. There was one that I just loved, but it was a couple of sizes too small. If I had been diligently working out and watching my diet this entire time, the dress probably would have fit. But I didn't, so it didn't. A big reminder that our daily choices  have a big impact on our overall lives.

It's so easy to say "I'll just have one little piece of chocolate. After all, a little bit is good for my heart!" And then that one little piece turns into an entire candy bar. But then I tell myself, "well, I'll just work a little harder tomorrow at the gym". But then the next day comes and I over sleep and don't make it to my class, so I skip going all together. Or I get up in time, but go by McDonalds and get breakfast on my way. Yeah, that's gonna help! I have all these good intentions, but we all know what they say the road to hell is paved with!

So, I can make all the plans I want and set all the goals in the world. But if I don't get off the couch and actually do something, it's all for naught. I'm never going to lose a single pound watching The Biggest Loser. I'm never going to get to a smaller size if I continue to eat a candy bar on my way home from the gym. It's all about the little choices I make each day.

There's a yogurt commercial running on tv with these 2 ladies at a coffee shop ordering these high calories drinks, when one changes her mind and has a yogurt instead. That's the kind of choices I need to be making. I need to be aware that every little choice I make adds up to the big picture!

So, today I chose to go to the gym and workout, even tho I wasn't feeling 100%. But I felt better after I was done because I had made a good choice. I came home and ate a lunch that was good for me instead of swinging by McDonalds and that was a good choice. Today was a good day. And if I continue to make good choices every day, by the time the 4 weeks has passed and I'm at my daughter's wedding, I will be happy with whatever dress I end up wearing because I will know that I am where I'm supposed to be.