OK, so... one week after debuting Fitness Friday, the scale is no different. What gives?
I am, in fact, working on healthy habits. Cutting sodas, french fries and almost all fried foods for the week has been a good change. I have also ramped up the exercise a little bit with more light weights and some living room cardio.
Adding pizza (twice), two heavy mexican meals (both for good reasons) and a lot of Christmas party sweets is counterproductive.
Something I'm working on is identifying arch-enemies in the fight to lose weight. Because if you know your enemies, you can defeat them right?
That's right, Grandma Jean is the enemy.
She is sweet and kind. She is grandmotherly. And by buying her sweet baked treats, I am really just helping a nice lady make ends meet.
Sometimes we joke around the office that if we stopped buying her goodies, she would become destitute, lose her home and go hungry. The problem is that I think in a lot of ways, and with a lot of things, I may actually let some of that mentality and rationalization take root.
It isn't really for me, so my self-destructive behavior is actually me sacrificing for the good of someone else. Yeah right.
The reality is that Grandma Jean also sells grapes. They are a good, healthier alternative to a big brownie or the super-tasty buttery cinnamon cake. And I could still support Grandma Jean.
I assume everyone has a 'grandma Jean' in some form or fashion, because we have tremendous capacity to justify what we really crave, even if it means leaving the truth behind.
Defeating an enemy like this is difficult, particularly once routines and expectations are set. Changing habits is hard and really takes some determination. And the self control to deny our own slavery to the old pattern.
Have a great weekend everyone,
Next Friday... another Fitness Friday antagonist story.... stay tuned.