When the going gets tough ...

There will always be hard days. There will always be stress. There will always be people in your lives that you just don't get along with. There will always be a, b, c, x, y, z ...

I used to use all those reasons - AND MORE - to give in to my food addiction and justify what I was doing was ok. The past couple of weeks has been really really tough. Nothing that I can't handle, but definitely more than I'm accustomed to. It's been very tempting to throw in the towel, but I know from personal experience that things will get better. I know now that I've worked too hard to get where I am to throw it all away. The things that are going on now just isn't worth a binge or a cupcake or chips and queso ...

So it's been difficult coping with the stress without my usual stress-relieving remedies to fall back on. I've just been "dealing with it", with varied success. I wish I could end here and say I found the magic cure and that things are all butterflies and rainbows now, but they aren't. I know things will get a wee bit more tough before they get better, but that's just life. I can choose to let these things stress me out and drive thru every fast food joint in town, or I can accept things as they are and just do my best. Which choice would you make?



We had several really bad storms blow through this weekend into early Monday morning, and I actually blew off a personal training workout! Not on purpose - the storms made my electricity go out overnight on Sunday, so my alarm didn't go off Monday morning. Normally my internal clock gets me up, but stress has brought back my insomnia, so I was completely out of whack. By the time I did wake up, I was borderline being late for work, so there was NO chance I could get to the gym to salvage my workout. I did get cardio in after work, so all is good.

I was so thrilled to see CrazyTrainerGuy waiting for me when I entered the gym this morning! I didn't realize how much I've missed working out with him until I saw that we was mine for the day LOL

CrazyTrainerGuy met me at the door with a heartrate monitor and chest strap in hand, so I knew it was an Assessment Day. We started off in the office where he poked, prodded and pinched me all over LOL It's TOM, so some areas were up -areas that normally bloat up during TOM, but all other areas were DOWN, baby!! I won't get the official results for a few days (regarding lean muscle mass and body fat percentage) but let me WOW you with these awesome results ...

Bench Press
Last assessment: 50 lbs
TODAY: 125 lbs

Leg Press
Last assessment: 270 lbs
TODAY: 450 lbs

Shoot, if that isn't success, I have no idea what is!

To top it off, I ended the day at my 2nd Weight Watchers meeting. I admit I approached my leader and the scale with mild apprehension. I also admit I was wearing the exact same thing I wore to last week's meeting LOL And ...

I'm down 3.2 lbs!! OMGosh, this is the biggest loss I've had in 5 months ... I don't want to jinx myself but I think my plateau is well and truly a thing of the past!

xo,


"Reality check: you can never, ever, use weight loss to solve problems that are not related to your weight. At your goal weight or not, you still have to live with yourself and deal with your problems. You will still have the same husband, the same job, the same kids, and the same life. Losing weight is not a cure for life." Phillip C. McGraw

13 comments:

Deanna said...

Congrats to you on all your success..hello wonder woman!! I can't believe how much you can press...that is impressive!!!!!!! Great weight loss too - and I love the quote from Dr. Phil...it's so true!!! Love ya sister!!

Dee

Marcelle said...

Your saying at the end is so true, I have many times thought that if I'm thin I won't have *man* problems but see no matter thin or overweight they still there.

Congrats on your weightloss on WW...I need to relook at my diet as I think I should count my fruit I eat...in SA fruit has a point value but not here in Germany...so I have my 5 a day and then lots of veggies, so think I could be overdoing it in that department. I need Bob to workout a diet for me...LOL...in my dreams!

You cant throw in the towel, your group is relying on you...that's how I felt when I started this journey with my group, how could I let them down but throwing in the towel, I had to set the example...but boy did I blog about how miserable I was feeling when I was down and how I wanted to eat all the wrong stuff...etc...

Hang in there, you know yu want this!!

Jenn said...

Wow, great job on the gym and the weigh-in!!
I love that quote from Dr. Phil - it is soooo true.

Amy said...

Whoa! That rocks! Great job Michelle. What an inspiration!

Carlos said...

awesome loss and way to recognize that stress trigger and avoid it! wish I could learn that!

Melissa Cunningham said...

yeah yeah wonder woman!!! congrats on all the success you have made in the gym and even outside of it,heck,congrats on you success this past YEAR...you totally rock chica andc are such an inspiration to me!!!
keep your head up and plow through the tough times, it may get worse before its better and you are much stronger than what you think,physically and mentally!
hang in there girlie!!!

NOTWBTRFLY said...

LOVE that quote at the end... so true! And WOO HOO on both the weight loss and the muscle bump! Go super woman. I am one of those people who would rather be stronger and leaner than weigh less... muscles are hot! Good for you!!!

HD@Losing Weight-Healthy Heart said...

I have just one word - WOW!

Debby said...

Awesome all the way around! Excellent loss. Excellent stats at the gym. Excellent not eating your stress...yes, an excellent week! Congrats!

Leila said...

MIchelle,

Thank you so much for explaining the stress eating thing so well. I have ALWAYS eaten for stress and although life is not stressful right now, I still cope with eating!! I have wondering how to stop... cuz you're right, the problem and stress of life don't go away. I just have to learn how to deal differently to my stress.... I dunno how yet. :P

Fran said...

Wauw great result at WW. Congratulations!

And you've improved great since your last assessment.

I'm not a fan of Dr. Phil but I do love this quote, it's so true!

AzLinda said...

Yipee!!! I'm doing the happy dance for you my dear!!!

Sorry you are going through some stressful times right now. They too shall pass. You are strong and powerful and can get through it, that I know!

Mesha said...

nice loss Michelle! WAY TO GO!!! that's great!

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