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D26 Taking Things Easy May Make Things Harder

Sometimes we need to slow down, take it easy, rest and relax. And that's OK! When you work hard you should play hard; balance is key to being successful in life, not just weight loss.

Sometimes shortcuts make things faster, more convenient and easier and sometimes that's OK! It's hard for me to get my oil GHG so I came up with a solution--put it in my smoothie! Along with a ton of spinach of course. Then I'm checking a bunch of GHG's off! 2 healthy oils, 1 dairy, 3 servings veggies...tada!! Easy peasy, super convenient, yummy and DONE. Sometimes easy works but sometimes easy makes things even harder.

I hate when that happens.

I ran today and when I first started I really didn't want to. I was convinced it was going to be hard and I didn't want it to be hard because I was tired and quite honestly feeling really lazy and I didn't want to challenge myself. But I didn't want to walk either and I really had no choice in the matter; if I didn't I wasn't getting home.

Our washer is out of commission right now so my wife dropped me off at the gym while she ran to the laundromat across the street but because today is Columbus day and there was no school the Y was having some kind of family fun day and it was PACKED. Seeing all the cars in the parking lot and knowing it was a gorgeous day outside I said "just go to the laundromat and I'll run home." It sounded like a good plan until my feet hit the pavement and suddenly I started dreading it. I had to go though, I really needed the exercise. My body has been craving it and I KNOW I'm capable of a 4 mile run I just have to DO IT. This week has been crazy busy and I've worked a whole bunch and I haven't had time to exercise and I've been feeling anxious and restless due to lack of activity. Not to mention I'm so close to 95 and I'm not going to hit that darn milestone if I don't work for it.

I walked for close to a mile (I'm not exactly sure) and finally convinced myself to start running. There was no reason I couldn't run I just wanted to things to be easy and running didn't sound easy. The thing is if I skipped running because I wanted an easy day it would make things that much harder for me the next time I tried to run. If I go to the gym and do chest fly's with 10 pound weights instead of 20 because I want things to be easy when I am ready to get back to my regular routine a 20 is going to feel like a 40!! And if I take a shortcut today am I going to actually pick back up where I'm supposed to tomorrow? Most likely the answer to that is no.

Sometimes it's hard and sometimes you have to push yourself but it's those moments that truly make you stronger. When I'm getting close to the end of a set and I'm on my 12th rep and trying like hell to get to 15 my trainer reminds me "this is when it counts". Those first 11 reps that felt like a cake walk were warmups and rep 12, 13, 14 and 15 when my arms are shaking and I'm grunting and pushing through to get that stupid barbell up in the air, those are the reps that are helping me build my muscles! When I push myself to run just one more minute, those are the steps that are making my lungs stronger and my legs faster and when I say no to emotional eating even though my resolve is weak and I feel like I'm barely hanging on that's when I'm flexing my willpower muscle and making it easier to make the healthy choice in the future.

It's those moments that I feel like I'm going to cave in but I push through and come out triumphant that make me so damn strong and if I always took the easy way out I'd never have those moments and therefore I'd never get stronger. I wouldn't know how capable and how down right amazing I am if I never challenged myself and sometimes it's not comfortable but it's not supposed to be.

If it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you.

I'm not playing. I'm done wasting my own time. I want change and I'm the only one who can make that happen and I will. And when I do I'll look back and I'll know my blood, sweat and tears made it happen. There were no shortcuts. This was all me. 110% of my effort! I have me to thank, myself to pat on the back and I sure will do just that ;-)

-t

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