…And I was doing SO WELL. My last post on The Journey was brimming with confidence — I’d managed to drop a couple of pounds in the New York/Washington DC leg of my road trip, thanks to a rigorous schedule of things-to-do and cities that required a certain level of physical activity. Then I got to the Southern leg of the trip and lost all self control. Soul food, y’all. It’s like crack. So I took two steps forward, then two steps back.
Between the fried chicken and biscuits in North Carolina, and the fried oysters, crawfish, and grits in Mobile Alabama, I gained back those three pounds and two extra for my trouble. And since returning home, I’ve been struggling to get back in the saddle in terms of healthy eating and daily exercise.
For those who wage war with weight loss, the struggle can make you feel like Sysiphus. Even a day can make a difference in your momentum. I can have a brilliant workout day Monday, and just not feel up to motivating myself Tuesday. And if I don’t work out Tuesday, I really don’t feel like it on Wednesday. It’s a labor of love, a dedication to my health, a ritual that needs to be way more regular… but man, it’s so easy to just shrug your shoulders and say tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow.
I’m hoping to interview Dr. Ian Smith soon enough, to ask him questions about staying motivated on the path to fitness. For now, I’m trying to remotivate myself by logging into the 50 Million Pound challenge page. When you log in, there’s a journal component that helps you keep track of what you’ve eaten, your activities for the day, and most importantly, your moods and daily thoughts. “Today I’m feeling… ” and there’s a drop down menu of emotions.
Today, I have to admit I felt defeated and discouraged.
But the most important thing is to remember that tomorrow’s another day. And it’s up to me how I approach it. I plan to approach it with determination. I’m gonna do what I keep writing about. I’m going to wake up, get in a good work out, drink lots of water, and give my body the good, healthy fuel it deserves. No More Excuses! I can do this! And I need to remind myself every day.
Speaking of excuses, just yesterday I saw a Fox News report about going natural, and how hair can affect how much we exercise in the African American community. Really want to know what y’all think about this one.
What do you think, bellas? Have you found yourself falling short of your personal goals? How do you get back in the saddle?