If I was given the task of coming up with x amount of money in a day, it might be impossible if not illegal/dangerous. On the other hand, if I was given a reasonable deadline and I could set aside a small amount of money weekly and budget for it, it could be done.
I think weight loss is the same way. People jump into it hoping for rapid, overnight results but it might take longer than originally anticipated.
If I know I'm going to eat a bigger meal on the weekend, I make sure to cut back during the rest of the week and consistently exercise. It's similar to budgeting for a big purchase. You work with what you have so you don't overdo it.
I had to make peace a long time ago that since I'm female and 5'1.5" (the 1/2" is important), I can't eat the same amount as my boyfriend who is 5'11 and male. I have a lower caloric allowance that can be increased if I increase my activity but it still wouldn't be comparable to my boyfriend with zero activity.
It's like some people who have more disposable income. You can hate it. You can be jealous of it. You can resent it. You can lie to yourself and max out a couple of credit cards.
Or....you can deal with it and make peace with it.
What parallels can you come up with?
I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend here in the States! We're off to Atlanta for two days starting Saturday to see some of the local sights and enjoy the the local food.
I don't know if I'll have time for a morning run Sunday but I know I definitely won't be able to Saturday so I went for a 8.7 mi run this morning broken up into two sessions: 3.9 mi and 4.8 mi. The first session was a little after 6 am when it was barely light out. The second session was a little later after I went home and fixed the boys breakfast and packed lunches. I wanted to go for a long run but I knew I didn't have time for it this morning. I also had a feeling it would become super sunny and humid. I was right! Even though I ran early, both gym shirts I had on were absolutely soaked by the time I was done.
This photo was taken post session #1 sans coffee. Session #2 was definitely sweatier but I had an extra jolt of caffeine.
I'm a firm believer that if you really wanted it done, you'd make it happen. I made it easy by laying out my gym clothes on my dresser so the minute I woke up, I could put it on with zero hesitation.
I tried doing a fishtail braid yesterday thanks to a super easy tutorial over at Elle Sees. I definitely need more practice but I love the end result!
I've read a few great articles lately that I think are interesting.
Huffington Post: 13 Mental Health Benefits of Exercise
Huffington Post: Bob Harper: On Jessica Alba's Bikini Body, Celebrity Fitness and Burpees
"Thinking 'I can't get in shape because I don't have two hours a day to exercise' is just another excuse for doing nothing," he told O, The Oprah Magazine. "Start small, because small can only get bigger. Starting big means burning out, blowing out, getting hurt -- another reason to stop."Huffington Post: How to Fix Health Problems with Food
What are some great reads you guys have stumbled upon?