Alright, that time of week again. Time to come clean about my weigh in. It wasn't pretty but honestly, I expected much worse. So here it is.
Weight: 258.8 lbs
Change: 1.7 lb gain
Pounds to Goal: 8.8
This week I've done absolutely nothing. I haven't counted calories or exercised at all. I didn't even mow the lawn this week. I kept telling myself that it was just too hot to exercise. And I glued myself to the computer and tv to keep a constant eye on the Waldo Canyon Fire so I considered myself too busy to count calories. They felt like legitimate reasons not to exercise and count at the time, but looking back, they were just excuses. I was justifying my laziness.
I was doing some reading about Smoke Jumpers and Hot Shot crews and happened to find their fitness requirements. They have to be able to hike three miles while carrying a 45 pound pack in under 45 minutes. And when they're not out, actively fighting fires, they have to train for up to two hours a day. As if that wasn't enough to make me feel really shitty about my laziness, I saw a thing on the news that some of the crews fighting the Waldo Canyon Fire were sleeping on the pavement in the subdivisions they were fighting to save. Instead of wasting time leaving the area, showering, changing clothes, eating a decent meal and sleeping on a cot, they stayed right there and slept on the pavement.
The helped put things in perspective for me. I realized that I just need to suck it up and do it. I need to quit making excuses and allowing myself to take the easy route. If I have to start getting up at six in the morning to be able to exercise before it gets ridiculously hot, then I'm just going to have to do it. Losing weight isn't going to be easy. It's going to test me mentally and physically. But compared to what these men and women go through, weight loss is ridiculously easy. And if they can do what they do every day, then I can do this. No excuses any more.
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