Health and Happiness

I’m amazed at how well this month’s goal is going so far. I’ve managed to stick to my calorie budget almost perfectly every day. If I do go over, it’s typically only on days that I box (theoretically I have extra calories to spare on these days) and not by very much.

I was especially proud yesterday when I went to the Cheesecake Factory (one of my favorite restaurants) with a friend. I had decided to skip boxing that morning- actually a healthy choice, because I needed the sleep (my dog has been waking me up at night to go to the bathroom the last few nights) and was still sore from kickboxing on Thursday night. I had upped my boxing from 3 times a week to every other day pretty fast, and wasn’t sure my body was quite up for that yet. I had thought of going to boxing anyway- so I could have the extra calories to eat cheesecake- but decided that my health should be the focus of my eating month, not just getting extra calories to eat sweets. I did eat cheesecake yesterday, but I managed to stay within my calorie budget! This was even with the added temptation of all the food at the county fair we went to afterwards.

What I like best about this month is how good I feel about myself. Sometimes I’m hungry or frustrated that I can’t eat whatever I want, but overall I feel empowered. No longer am I sitting around whining about the weight I’ve gained and feeling like a victim. Instead, I’m doing something about it. I’m eating healthier and being healthier. The boxing helps too- I haven’t been this fit since high school. Sure, I am still overweight, but I am healthy and I am tackling these issues in a healthy way. I no longer feel ashamed of my body. Instead, I marvel at the changes. I haven’t seen some of these muscles in a long time!

My dad has been working out lately too and when we were talking about it the other day, he mentioned a similar reaction he had had, “What is that? Could it be- yes, it’s an ab!”

It feels good to tackle an issue head on, especially one that’s been bothering me for some time. Don’t be afraid to face even your most challenging obstacles. Even if you fail, you will feel so much better about making the attempt.

I feel cliche ending on this quote, but I always think of it in these types of situations:

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

 

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